Government Digital Service made £36m savings last year, says minister

Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd has said that the Government Digital Service, set up in November 2011, saved GBP 36 million in the financial year 2012-2013 by moving all online government services to and shutting down Directgov and BusinessLink.

Further estimated annual savings of at least £50 million are expected from the migration of departmental websites to And in the first six months of this fiscal year GDS has enabled cross government savings of at least £400 million by helping government become a commissioner of IT instead of a buyer of IT,” he added.

Hurd was speaking in response to questions from Labour MP Jon Trickett.

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