More Government Services to Go Online under Gordon Brown

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has announced plans to bring the majority of large transactional Government services online within the next five years.

In a letter to the Daily Telegraph, he explained such a shift would save a significant amount of money: "Evidence from local authorities indicates that, on average, carrying out a telephone transaction online can save £3.30 and switching from paper and mail to online can save £12 per time. In all, it is estimated that shifting significant transactions in this way could save £1bn."

In June, Brown also wrote a letter to The Times in which he reiterated the need for a fast internet connection, since a "world class" digital infrastructure in Britain will create 1.5m new skilled jobs.

The PM said, "Imagine if you could hold a consultation with your GP over the internet in real time or easily access your office computer network from home or hold two-way video conferences. These are the very real possibilities that super-fast broadband could offer within just a few years."

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