Labour digital government report: key recommendations
A run-down of the main points in Labour’s digital government report out this week
A major report on public sector IT commissioned by the Labour party came out this week.
It will contribute to official party policy, with shadow Cabinet Office minister Chi Onwurah due to announce which parts will be adopted by Labour in the new year.
The report marks the culmination of almost a year’s work by a team of independent experts, advisors and volunteers. The group received input from 2,000 individuals plus 80 submissions from organisations or companies.
Here are a few of the most eye-catching ideas.
1. Beef up GDS
2. Give civil servants digital skills training
3. Increase use of cloud computing
4. Publish feedback on suppliers
The government should publish an annual procurement strategy and publish open, online feedback on suppliers, the review suggested.
5. Set up an address database
6. Review identity assurance
7. Good internet access for all
Ofcom should investigate if and how government can make sure every home is able to get good internet access, in the same way every home can receive post, the report said.
8. Set up tech ethics body
The government should set up an expert technology ethics body to consider issues such as healthcare data and driverless cars.
Recommendation for Government Digital Service to work with local government threatens innovation and localism
Review calls for remit of GDS to be expanded to include local government
Steve Halliday says group could standardise back office systems, produce open source code and cut supplier costs