Published on July 6th, 20120
UK government could save billions with better data use
The UK government could save £33 billion each year if it used data, technology, and analytics more effectively, according to think tank Policy Exchange.
Detecting benefit and tax fraud would be the biggest haul, accounting for £22 billion of the potential saving. The report also says that by using existing government data sources instead of the national census, the country could net a saving of £500 million.
“Across the public sector, extraordinary quantities of data are amassed in the course of running public services – from managing welfare payments and the NHS, through to issuing passports and driving licences. Finding ways to share or link this data together has the potential to save time for citizens and money for taxpayers,” says report author Chris Yiu.