Raising Questions Over £1.8 Billion for Digital Transformation

Today as part of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) we had an introductory session on the work of the Cabinet Office.

The committee heard from the Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General John Mazoni, Permanent Secretary of the Cabinet Office and Chief Executive of the Civil Service in an introductory session on the work of the Cabinet Office.

I got the opportunity to ask Matthew Hancock MP about the cost of the digital transformation at Whitehall; he has estimated it will come in at £1.8 billion. This comes at a time when the Cabinet Office have reduced their staff by 20% with senior civil servants being reduced by 30-40%.

I am not convinced by the digital technology transformation budget, Westminster doesn’t have a great record of keeping digital projects on time and within budget.

Of course modernisation and the introduction of digital services are welcome but not at the expense of jobs. Losing 20% of a workforce is undoubtedly going to have an effect on the service that is provided. I am yet to be convinced that this will be a cost effective option with the best value for money for the end user.