As the COVID-19 pandemic forces regional and potentially a new 3rd national lockdown in England, all UK public services are pursuing digital strategies with greater purpose.
“Rather than COVID-19 holding back progress, it has put a rocket booster under the digital ambitions of UK Government.” TechMarketView
In November 2020’s Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR 2020], the Chancellor Rishi Sunak, announced the continuation of funding for digital programmes and deployments in the NHS. According to a Computer Weekly report, the NHS will receive £559m to “support the modernisation of technology across the health and care system.”
CSR 2020 also confirmed an increase to the schools’ budget by £7.1bn by 2022-23, compared to 2019-20 funding levels.
The UK public sector is a booming tech market.
“2021 will be quite a formative year. I think public sector bodies will leave emergency mode and start planning for the future. Next year will be the time for innovation; to work on innovative ideas and a chance for suppliers to help the public sector to shape the future.” Jessica Figueras, tech strategist.
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