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November 27, 2014

Digital exclusion an inhibitor to success

Labour’s independent Digital Government Review welcomed by techUK.

By CBR Staff Writer

Industry body techUK says the findings of an independent digital review should be used to improve technical skills and reduce citizen exclusion.

The report, ‘Making Digital Government work for Everyone’, was commissioned by Chi Onwurah MP, Labour’s shadow Cabinet Office Minister, in March 2014.

The review was steered by an independent panel of advisers and aimed to set out clear goals for a cost efficient digital agenda that would improve services and empower citizens.

"The challenge now comes in the detail of execution and in ensuring that those holding the pen on political party manifestos understand and recognize the size of the prize of digital for the next government," Antony Walker, deputy chief executive at techUK.

"We believe the key to delivering digital government will be through a long-term commitment to improving commercial and technical skills within the civil service."

The report recommends providing digital skills to 4.9 million people during the next parliament, something techUK welcomes as the body believes exclusion is a major inhibitor to success.

techUK also welcomes the recommendation within the report to create an ethical framework for emerging issues around the interaction of the state.

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The final report is currently being considered as an independent submission to the Labour Party policy process.

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