Head of the Civil Service, Bob Kerslake, has said that he is “determined” to make progress in creating a truly digital by default Whitehall in 2014.
Reflecting on how the government has faired since the launch of the Civil Service Reform plan, which focused on changing the way the UK civil service works to become more efficient, Kerslake also said that government employees should be able to “tap into the digital resources” available in their personal lives and use them to improve their working lives.
“Social media is an important part of this, and I want to see civil servants have access to these tools where they need them,” said Kerslake.
“I've been using Twitter for nearly two years, and have found it to be a really useful way to engage with people across the world on the work I'm doing.”
The government announced this week that it is set to save £500 million this year thanks to the digital by default agenda, which promises to digitise some of the public sector's largest transactional services. It is hoped that Whitehall can save £1.7 billion a year after 2015 as a result.
“We will undoubtedly face many challenges, and be presented with many opportunities, over the next twelve months. However I am more confident than ever that we're building a strong and modern Civil Service,” said Kerslake.