The government has made technology a significant part of its agenda. The Government Digital Service is leading a digital transformation across Whitehall, and it does not look like Downing Street will shy away from the use of digital services and data.
However, big changes in the Civil Service and public sector take time to bring into effect, which is hardly ideal in the fast-moving technology industry.
V3 has identified five areas that the government should prioritise if it wants to make the most out of the digital services on offer and improve the UK’s technology industry growth.
5. Cut consultants for technology projects
The government has an appetite for spending money on consultants and outsourced resources to advise on and carry out technology projects.
But budget cuts in the Civil Service mean that the government needs to reduce the use of external agencies and tap into the knowledge and skills in Whitehall.
For example, the Government Digital Service is now well established and funded to offer advice and oversight of IT projects across central government, which could go some way to reducing the administration and setup costs of all but the most major IT rollouts.
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