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GDS' limits

ComputerWorldUK - However open source code and reusable platforms mean GDS assets are available to all.

Liam Maxwell has said that the Government Digital Service (GDS) does not have the power to direct local government, despite numerous recent calls for the unit’s remit to be expanded to help councils with their digital initiatives.

Maxwell, the government’s chief technology officer (CTO), said at the launch of the D5 digital nations in London this week: “The 440 local councils - and I come from a local council background myself - they are their own entities, they are their own organisations, they are elected by their residents and are responsible to their residents. We [GDS] do central government.”