Three months ago, when I was appointed Minister for the Cabinet Office, one of the first things I wanted to do was visit GDS. I'd worked with GDS over recent years, and I’m a huge supporter of GDS's mission.
Digital Service Platforms
Digital Service Platforms is a common core infrastructure of shared digital systems, technology and processes on which it’s easy to build brilliant, user-centric government services. Examples include GOV.UK Pay and GOV.UK Notify.
One of our four government as a platform workstreams is called department transformation, and it’s all about breaking down invisible barriers between departments and agencies so we can improve services for users.
A few weeks ago I wrote a post on the design blog about what public services might look like in a world of government as a platform.
As part of the work we’re doing to prepare for government as a platform, we’ve been investigating ways to help government agencies use shared platforms and data registers to build better services.
Most people have to pay government money at some point or another. For example, when you pay tax, or renew your passport, or get a new driver’s licence, or buy an environmental permit.
Licence, permit, registration, certification, accreditation - government has lots of different ways for people to get permission to do something.
A week or so ago, Felicity Singleton wrote about preparing for Government as a Platform. Felicity talked about four workstreams we’ve begun to look at as part of our preparation work.
Back in March, just before the pre-election period began and, like the rest of the Civil Service, we had to keep quiet for a while, Mike Bracken wrote this post.
With this parliament drawing to a close, it’s time to take what we’ve learned over the last few years and work out how to pick up the pace of digital transformation in the years to come.