Report: Technology could save UK £24bn a year by 2020


Yesterday, at the Google campus in Shoreditch, Policy Exchange launched its Technology Manifesto report which looks at why technology should be front and centre of political party ideas, ahead of the 2015 election.

The report, which has been co-sponsored by EMC, highlights the priorities for using technology to reinvent government in the run up to the election. It suggests that the government could save as much as £24 billion a year by 2020 with a more efficient use of technology to deliver the next-generation of citizen services.

Speaking at Policy Exchange 04.06 283-136The event included an expert MP panel, which comprised of three members from each political party, all discussing “The future of Digital Britain”. The members were Nadhim Zahawi MP, Member of the No 10 Policy Board, Chi Onwurah MP, Shadow Cabinet Office Minister and Dr Julian Huppert MP, Member for Cambridge.

The report explains that it is not enough to simply digitize more services but that major work is required behind the scenes with bespoke IT to replace standard systems. The report goes on to explain that initiatives, such as the Government Digital Service cannot be an island of innovation and whilst there has been some excellent progress made with the creation of for example, more still needs to be done.

James Petter, senior vice president and managing director for EMC UK & Ireland comments, “we are big believers in how technology can enable government. As a nation, we’ve not been fast enough to deliver digital government and to date there has been too great a focus on cost efficiencies. Change is needed to meet evolving citizen demands and ensure Britain is positioned as a country that the world wants to do business with.”

Eddie Copeland, Head of Technology Policy Unit at Policy Exchange and author of the report says, “as businesses have long known, IT is transformative only when it changes the way people work, That means breaking down silos, it means sharing more data, and it will almost certainly mean that fewer staff will be needed to perform particular tasks. The next government must not shy away from the hard but inescapable need for organizational change”.

The event and report have already generated media interest with coverage appearing on the Daily Telegraph and the Inquirer. Take a look at a video of the debate below, and see how the debate developed on Twitter with storify:

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