Francis Maude is the former Minister for the UK Cabinet Office. He was responsible for the creation of the Government Digital Service, with the aim of consolidating internal IT and replacing several Government websites with a single web hub: GOV.UK.
The Government Digital Strategy committed Departments to redesigning all existing Government services that serve more than 100,000 users each year. Maude’s office estimated that moving services from offline to digital channels could save approximately £1.8 billion a year. Between 2010 and 2015 savings in the UK Government’s running costs as a result of Maude’s Efficiency and Reform programme amounted to £52 billion.