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Whitehall wasting billions through inefficient use of data

The government could save up to £33 billion a year - the equivalent of £500 for each person in the country – by using public data more effectively. A specialist ‘Data Force’ unit should be set up in Whitehall to start identifying these savings in areas such as tax avoidance and benefit fraud.

A new report – The Big Data Opportunity – by think tank Policy Exchange says that better use of data, technology and analytics could help the government save money by improving efficiency rather than reducing service levels.

The research found that applying cutting-edge data and analytics in the UK public sector could generate potential savings of up to £16–£33 billion a year.

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