New minister takes responsibility for GDS

The Government Digital Service (GDS) has a new political head responsible for the development of digital government.

Caroline Nokes, MP for Romsey and Southampton North, and recently appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Cabinet Office, has been given the role as part of the post-election reshuffle.

Responsibility for the role had previously gone to Minister for the Cabinet Office. However, Damian Green, has been appointed as both the new Minister for the Cabinet Office and First Secretary of State. That essentially makes him the deputy to the Prime Minister and, as such, he will be focusing his efforts elsewhere.

Commenting on the appointment of Nokes, Green said: “The Government Digital Service has led the digital transformation of Government and is a model that is being copied internationally.

“I am delighted to announce that Caroline Nokes will be taking Ministerial responsibility for it, and I will retain oversight of developments.”

Nokes added: “The UK Government is one of the most digitally advanced in the world, and I am excited to be playing a part in driving forward development in this area.

“It is vital that government continues to encourage more people to go online, so they can access the guidance and services they need – as well as reducing the cost of delivering public services. The Government Digital Service plays a leading role in making that happen.”

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