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The UK economy could get a £48 billion boost if companies made simple changes to how bosses work with staff and use technology. The study by Goldsmiths, University of London, in partnership with Microsoft, found that a failure to fully embrace technology is harming businesses.
13/10/20

Legal & General (L&G) has partnered with NTT DATA to help build its data science capabilities. L&G stated that it will leverage its data to improve the delivery of products and services encompassing investment management, pensions, annuities and life assurance it offers to its 13 million customers every day.
09/10/20

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is creating a new digital function, bringing together DWP Digital and its digital tech provider Benefits Pension Digital and Technology Services (BPDTS). This follows the conclusion of a review into the BPDTS, which commended its performance and improvements to DWP's tech resilience since it was set up in 2016.
02/10/20

British biometrics firm iProov has agreed a partnership with the government of Singapore to provide face verification services for a national identity programme. The partnership will use iProov’s technology to enable four million Singapore citizens to prove they are genuinely present when accessing online services from more than 60 government departments, meaning they can complete activities such as tax returns and checking state pensions via a facial biometric scan at a computer or kiosk.
22/09/2020

Nesta is launching the £2.8 million Rapid Recovery Challenge to find and support tools and solutions that improve access to jobs and money for people across the UK. In partnership with the Money and Pensions Service and the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, the 12-month challenge will focus on supporting workers hit hardest by the economic shock of COVID-19.
14/09/20

The government has launched a National Data Strategy and set out the action it will take to support the use of data in the UK. The new strategy aims to put data at the heart of the country’s recovery from the pandemic, so companies and organisations can use it to drive digital transformation, innovate and boost growth across the economy.
09/09/20

The Data Standards Authority (DSA) has recommended the use of new open data standards to improve data sharing across government. At the Spring Budget, the government made a commitment to improve how it uses data to drive better public services, so today the DSA has published summaries on metadata standards and guidance about how to implement them.
10/08/20

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has reached a milestone in its migration of core legacy applications which will see an improvement in services for 18 million UK citizens. Working with IT services organisation Advanced and its application modernisation practice, it has re-platformed the Job Seeker’s Allowance Payment System (JSAPS) – the largest and most complex service of the DWP’s application legacy modernisation programme.
09/06/20

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has reached a milestone in its migration of core legacy applications which will see an improvement in services for 18 million UK citizens. Working with IT services organisation Advanced and its application modernisation practice, it has re-platformed the Job Seeker’s Allowance Payment System (JSAPS) – the largest and most complex service of the DWP’s application legacy modernisation programme.
09/06/20

The UK’s maturity level for public sector open data is below the European average, according to the European Data Portal. Capgemini Invent, which manages the portal, has published the fifth annual Open Data Maturity Report, which gives the UK a rating of 60 per cent, compared with an average figure of 62 per cent for the 31 countries covered and 66 per cent for the 28 members of the EU.
11/12/19

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has selected 10 data projects for the beta phase of its regulatory sandbox. Opened to applicants in March, it is designed to support organisations using personal data to develop innovative products and services.
30/07/19

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) took home two awards at last night’s National Technology Awards. The government department took home Best Public Sector Project for its DWP Digital Find a Job recruitment tool, and also the Tech Team of the Year award.
17/05/19

More than a third of financial services jobs in The City of London are at risk of automation, according to a study by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).The analysis concluded that 1.5 million jobs in England were at high risk of having some of their tasks automated, with 710,000 jobs located in The City’s financial services hub being under threat.
26/03/2019

The government is set to spend more than £1 billion annually on transitioning to the cloud, according to new data. Figures obtained by the Telegraph showed that public sector bodies and government departments are expected to spend as much as £1.3 billion on cloud services in the year to April.
19/03/2019

The National Audit Office (NAO) has published its investigation on Verify, the government’s flagship identity verification portal, finding performance has consistently been below the standards initially set and take-up among the public and departments has been much lower than expected. The Government Digital Service (GDS), part of the Cabinet Office, developed Verify to be the default way for people to prove their identities so they can access online government services securely. It originally intended for Verify to be largely self-funding by the end of March 2018.
06/03/19