GDS will not be broken up, new chief confirms

Kevin Cunnington

The new head of the Government Digital Service (GDS) has publicly stated that it will not be broken up in response to numerous media reports claiming that it will.

Writing in a blog post, Kevin Cunnington said that he will look to build on the projects completed by his predecessor Stephen Foreshew-Cain.

“I want to strengthen and accelerate the pace of change,” Cunnington explained. “I’ve read many times about the end of GDS, but it has always come back stronger than before. I want to tackle one thing head on: GDS will not be broken up. We remain part of the Cabinet Office with a clear mandate to lead digital, technology and data across government.”

Cunnington pointed to the recent successes of GOV.UK Verify going live, GOV.UK Notify sending its first messages, and GOV.UK Pay securing compliance with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard.

He concluded by saying: “My first priority is to get to know the team and listen to what they have to say. I want to properly understand their plans, concerns and ideas. That’s going to take a few weeks. After that, I’ll write another post here with some more thoughts.”

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