Chancellor George Osborne announced a range of Budget measures to help the growth of technology and digital government across the UK. The Chancellor, George Osborne, has delivered his final Budget before the 2015 general election – and has included a range of measures to help support the growth of technology and digital government across the UK.

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The Government Digital Service (GDS) will be given an extended remit to work with local governmentfor the first time, as promised recently by Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude. The Budget Book said: “Budget 2015 announces that the digital ambition will extend beyond central government and arms-length bodies, to consider local services. “HM Treasury, the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Government Digital Service will collaborate with partners in local government, as the sector develops a set of proposals that will enable more customer-focused, digitally-enabled and efficient local services in time to inform future budget allocations.” Gov.UK Verify – the online identity assurance system developed by GDS – will be rolled out across all central government. The Budget Book said: “The Budget 2015 announces that, following a successful trial, the government will implement ‘Gov.UK Verify’ – a new way for people to prove their identity online when using government services – across central government. This means that departments will use the same tool for their digital services, reducing duplication.”

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