Conservatives promise more government as a platform

A future Conservative government would continue the task of creating government as a platform, according to the party’s manifesto.

The document, released yesterday, included digital in a section covering efficiency in government, echoing promises made in yesterday’s Labour manifesto.

In its manifesto, the Conservatives took credit for the coalition’s creation of 20 digital exemplars created by the Government Digital Service to transform services.

The manifesto said: “We have already created 20 high-quality digital services, which include apprenticeships applications and tax self-assessments.

“We will save you time, hassle and money by moving more services online, while actively tackling digital exclusion.

“We will ensure digital assistance is always available for those who are not online, while rolling out cross-government technology platforms to cut costs and improve productivity – such as GOV.UK.

Commenting on the document, Julian David, chief executive of digital technology supplier representative body TechUK said, “This document contains encouraging detail and points to a future where every area of government policy is underpinned and enabled by the smart use of technology.

“Beyond commitments to back the UK’s digital economy and further develop the Eight Great Technologies campaign, this manifesto makes it clear that the whole of the UK is benefiting from the digital revolution.”

Colin Marrs

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