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January 30, 2014

UK introduces new digital public services

The digitisation would result in cash savings of £1.2bn per year.

By CBR Staff Writer

The UK government unveiled a plan to introduce new online services which are expected to offer cumulative savings of £1.2bn.

During Sprint 14, a showcase for digital government, five new services were showcased which claimed to simpler, clearer and faster for users, and offer better services for PAYE tax, prison visits, electoral registration, driving records and visa applications.

With the launch the government expects to save about £1.2bn through the digitisation of public services and also expects the savings to increase to £1.7bn a year after 2015.

UK has also reached halfway of the total 400 working days time the government has set to launch 25 public services online and also represents the first digital transformation across government segments that is slated to be live online in 2015.

The new services are being showcased along with four other services including Registering to vote, Applying for a visa, View your driving record and Prison visits.

UK Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude said the government’s digital agenda is winning international recognition, creating a leaner, more efficient state.

"To win the global race we are drawing on the most innovative suppliers right across the country," Maude said.

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"Small and medium-sized digital and IT businesses from Tech City to Manchester, and from Leeds to Belfast are now getting work from this government.

"Digitising public services is all part of our long-term economic plan to save hard-working taxpayers’ money and to give people peace of mind through high-quality public services which they can use when and where it suits them."

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