The government is ploughing £18 million into the nascent Tech Partnership, a digital skills and training organisation created by the IT industry. The funding is also being supplemented by a further £11.5 million in private investment.
The chancellor, George Osborne, appeared in Westminster this morning alongside minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, and chief operating officer, Stephen Kelly, to announce £200m of savings made using technology over the past year.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) claims that people are using a range of digital channels to search for information about Universal Credit, to find out whether they are eligible for the benefit and discover information about the claimant journey and what they need to do to prepare.
New technologies that foster smarter, more agile and productive ways of working are in high demand. Particularly across the government and public sector, with cost efficiency, office consolidations and budget cuts abound.