UK government tech: here’s what happened in 2015

Maude & Bracken left, departments successfully launched 15 digital services – but rural payments & NHS e-Referrals were disasters


It’s that time of the year again: a chance to take a longer view and look back at what happened in 2015. Pardon the cliché, but for government tech-watchers, it really was a year of big changes.

The well-regarded Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude stood down as an MP in February and government digital chief Mike Bracken left in the summer, warning of looming cuts to the Government Digital Service.

The two arguably most significant government tech stories were those to do with leadership. However there were plenty of other stories to pick from. Here are a few of the most notable.