Committee criticises transformation strategy delays

Stephen Metcalfe, the chairman of the Science and Technology Committee, has written to digital minister Matt Hancock criticising the government for failing to publish its digital transformation strategy.

He also criticised the government for taking six months to submit a response to the select committee’s digital skills crisis report, which was published in June 2016.

“Our disappointment over such a long delay is compounded by the continued absence of the government’s long-promised digital strategy, because much of the focus of our report was that digital strategy,” Metcalfe said in his letter.

According to the government, the strategy is the blueprint needed to “take digital transformation further than ever before”. It’s thought this will be achieved by overhauling back-office processes and systems within the civil service and increasing collaboration.

The Government Digital Service (GDS) has yet to publish a strategy since being awarded a £450m budget in the November 2015 government spending review.

The government’s response to the ‘Digital skills crisis’ Report can be viewed here.

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