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PRESS RELEASE IMAGE 27/5/15: Finance Minister Arlene Foster is pictured with Steven Luitjens, CEO of the Dutch Government's digital services at the launch of the NI Digital Transformation Programme which will deliver more public services online. Picture: Michael Cooper
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27/5/15: Finance Minister Arlene Foster is pictured with Steven Luitjens, CEO of the Dutch Government’s digital services at the launch of the NI Digital Transformation Programme which will deliver more public services online. Picture: Michael Cooper

Finance Minister Arlene Foster MLA today launched the NI Digital Transformation Programme which will increase the number of government services online.

The Programme aims to deliver 70% of all citizen transactions with government, online by 2019.

Speaking at the launch in Belfast today the Minister said: “The NI Digital Transformation Programme is an innovative approach to deliver the Executive’s Programme for Government commitment to increase the number of online transactional services.

“Seven services have already been delivered online, including paying your rate bill, searching and buying birth, death and marriage certificates as well as buying ordnance survey maps.  Plans are underway to deliver an additional nine online services on nidirect.gov.uk by March 2016.

“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.”

Other options will be in place for those who cannot or choose not to use digital channels, for example by telephone or in person.

Arlene Foster concluded:  “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.”

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