The question over whether Government Digital Services (GDS) can scale locally was discussed at a Computer Weekly debate on government digital policies.
In this video, the panellists discuss the future of GDS.
UK minister for culture and the digital economy, Ed Vaizey, says: "You have this concept of government-as-a-platform, where we have saved billions of pounds by providing a gateway through to government services."
But it should not be purely transactional. Labour Party shadow cabinet office minister for digital government Chi Onwurah says: "What I want to see is that we develop platforms that local government, national government and third-party providers can share in the delivery of services for the citizen and save money."
TechUK CEO Julian David believes GDS has room to improve, in trems of how it works with suppliers. He says: "Government has an opportunity to bring more innovation into public sector procurement, from companies of all sizes, across the country.