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Northern Ireland to push more services online



Finance Minister Arlene Foster kicks off the NI Digital Transformation Programme

The Northern Ireland Executive is planning to make digital services available on its platform as part of a major transformation programme aimed at delivering 70% of transactions only by 2019.

Finance Minister Arlene Foster (pictured) announced the official launch of the NI Digital Transformation Programme, confirming plans that the seven services already available through the website should be joined by nine more by March of next year.

She said: “In times of public spending constraint, reforming and transforming our public services and transactions is more important than ever. The purpose of reform is not only to save money but to transform the way in which we deliver government services to meet the increasing and changing needs of the citizens.”

The seven services already online are: access NI online applications; register as a landlord; pay your rates; buy Ordnance Survey maps; waste carrier registration; apply for farm grants; and search for birth, death and marriage certificates.

“The successes achieved with these transformation projects have resulted in high quality end-to-end digital services, so convenient and easy to use that people choose to go online,” Foster said.

Details of the services planned to come online have not yet been made available.

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