About the Government Digital Service

Government Digital Service - GDS

The Government Digital Service (GDS) is leading the digital transformation of government.

GDS was established in response to Martha Lane Fox’s report, ‘Directgov 2010 and beyond: revolution not evolution’ (download the PDF, 2.7MB), and is here to ensure the Government offers world-class digital products that meet people’s needs.

GDS works in three core areas:

  • transforming 25 high volume key exemplars from across government into digital services

  • building and maintaining the consolidated GOV.UK website –  which brings government services together in one place

  • changing the way government procures IT services

Our aim is to be the unequivocal owner of high quality user experience between people and government by being the architect and the engine room of government digital service provision.

The Government Digital Strategy committed the government to ensuring all new or redesigned digital services meet this standard from April 2014.

To find out what we’re currently working on, explore the categories here on the blog – you can find them in the drop down menu on the right. If you’d like the challenge of building world leading digital public services by working with GDS, why not get in touch. You can also join in the conversation on Twitter, and don’t forget to sign up for email alerts, too.