New digital playbook to cut costs and support job growth

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Government-run digital services will be overhauled with a new guide designed to ensure better value for taxpayers and support job growth across the UK.

The Digital, Data and Technology Playbook, released today (March 28), brings together expertise from across government and industry in an 11-point guide.

In an increasingly digital and connected society, it becomes increasingly crucial to support the delivery of high quality public services while optimizing value for money. With around £46bn set to be spent on digital projects this year, the Playbook will ensure better use of taxpayers’ money and support the upgrade agenda.

Teams working on digital projects are encouraged to find ways to improve efficiency and reduce costs, including improving vendor relationships and reducing legacy IT issues. For example, all new digital products purchased by government must work with existing systems, enabling efficient sharing of data between vendors and departments in interoperable, reusable and open formats.

The Playbook also breaks down barriers for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), urging teams to focus on areas where SMEs can play a role in public service delivery, such as delivering agile and innovative digital solutions. This focus will make it easier for public sector organizations to work with SMEs, while helping SMEs take advantage of competitive bidding opportunities and drive job growth across the country.

Brexit Opportunities and Government Effectiveness Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg said:

This Playbook will draw on the wealth of digital expertise at our disposal to produce better services at lower cost.

This will go hand in hand with a new procurement regime which will take advantage of our position outside the European Union, providing more opportunities for small businesses to bid for public contracts, encouraging greater innovation in public services and , ultimately providing better value for taxpayers.

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