What does the Budget mean for digital government?

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George Osborne has delivered his sixth Budget as chancellor. But what does the Budget mean for the public sector, particularly digital government?

Some parts of local government have called for a local version of the Government Digital Service. Osborne addressed this by announcing that the GDS will assist the Treasury and the Department for Communities and Local Government to help local government develop more digitally-enabled local services.

A new service is coming into play that will enable individuals to prove their identity online, using new government verification software, Gov.uk Verify. Also, the government will create a joint venture for hosting more government data, rather than departments outsourcing or building their own data centres.

Additionally, libraries across England will benefit from £7.4m funding  to provide internet access and Wi-Fi.


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