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Data experts could save taxpayers 'billions'

BBC - A team of experts should be set up to ensure public data is more effectively used, a think tank has said.

Policy Exchange said better use of data, technology and analytics could help the government save billions by improving efficiency rather than cutting services.

It predicts the "data force" could save taxpayers up to £33bn per year.

A government spokesperson said Whitehall welcomed the report.

The findings will be presented to Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude on Tuesday, when he gives a speech on the issue at the think tank a week after he launched a white paper on open data.