The Government Digital Service (GDS) contributed £339m worth of public sector savings during 2015/16, according to the Cabinet Office.
Overall, the government delivered £1.2bn of operational savings and £2.1bn of benefits from fraud measures, property asset sales and new commercial models, it was added. The savings were assessed by the Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA).
Through setting standards and providing assurance, GDS realised £339 million in 2015/16 from controlling costs and the implementation of their ICT strategy by Departments.
For example, GDS Spend Controls, in line with the government’s Technology Code of Practice, have collaborated and helped the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to save over £875,000 in 2015/16. This was achieved across several digital services where GDS helped to either deliver the outcome in a more efficient way or reduce spend on part of a whole project because the user need had changed.
Minister for the Cabinet Office Ben Gummer said: “Ensuring that our public finances are on a sustainable path is vital to securing a strong and stable economy that works for everyone.
“We have made significant steps forward in tackling fraud, selling off redundant government property such as the former Civil Service College in Sunningdale and making better use of modern digital technology to drive savings.”
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