The UK is one of the world leaders in digital public services, making things simpler, clearer and faster for its users. Here are some of the ways digital technology has saved time, money and made it easier to interact with the government:
- 1,700 government websites have been replaced with just 1 – GOV.UK
GOV.UK is the best place to find government information and services. It is built around its users’ needs, so that people can access information and services simply and quickly. It has saved taxpayers over £60 million in 2013 to 2014 alone.
- More people are accessing government information online than ever before
Because the government has made its services easier and faster through digital technology, GOV.UK has had 1 billion visits since October 2012. It is the 27th most accessed website in the UK, with 1.98 million average visits per day in October 2014 alone.
- Over 2.4 million people have registered to vote online in 5 months
The voter registration system has moved online, replacing the form-based household system with individual registration. By moving to a simple one-step process of being verified against existing records, the system is also preventing fraud. Government can check that everyone on the register is who they say they are – giving greater trust in election process.
- 128,000 busy carers have saved time and trouble by submitting their Carer’s Allowance claims online
Around 54% of applications for Carer’s Allowance are now made using the digital service. This makes what used to be a very complicated, time-consuming paper-based process quick and easy.
- The View Driving Licence service has allowed 145,000 drivers to access their driving records online quickly and easily
Over 145,000 people have already used the View your driving licence service to see all the details of their driving licence and what vehicles they can drive. This instant service is easy to use and is quicker and cheaper than before, when people had to call the DVLA or write in to receive this information.
- The Lasting Power of Attorney service is making a difficult decision easier
A simpler, quicker and cheaper system now allows the 300,000 people a year facing an uncertain future to apply for their loved ones to legally manage their affairs. They no longer need to consult a solicitor to set up lasting power of attorney.
- The UK government is a world-leader in transparency
Almost 20,000 government datasets are available for anyone to view online and use, to help people understand how government works and how policies are made. Data.gov.uk brings it together in one searchable website.