- Saves paper and postage
- Immediate delivery and responses
- Keeps records, no more lost paper
- Minimal cost using the cloud
- Pays for itself quickly
- Makes the UK a more attractive place to live and work (anything that makes life easier and frees up time adds to your quality of life in today's overloaded society)
- The future is online, unless we plan and act now we will be left behind as a country
Remove any laws that mean government communication has to be sent by post. In it's place have a government mailbox for each citizen that is tied to a unique personal identifier such as the National Insurance number.
Making it work:
- All government communication to be available in your mailbox within 3 years (including local council, HMRC, DWP etc.)
- Only email from government addresses allowed as incoming with careful control of what communication is permitted
- Partner with a Google type organisation where an extra 60 million mailboxes would mean little extra effort using the cloud
- Add extra security as banks do to protect accounts
- £100 tax break for all adopters in first year to speed mass adoption (paid for by massive reduction in postage and printing costs over several years)
- In future add features/apps that let you access your information like tax returns, allowances etc. with the next step letting you complete forms and returns
- Add a library feature for easy access to government information relevant to you
- Have a forward email to your normal email address or notification facility by SMS text or email
- Suitable support for those that cannot access the internet although an increase in library based access might help.
- Reduce voter fraud and administration by having suitable security to allow voting
- Look at the possibilities of letting everyone have a vote regularly on individual issues rather than making compromises with your vote by electing a party that you support for one reason but disagree on others (Maybe a step to far in my life time but worth considering)
The Government Gateway already exists but is massively limited in what you can do.