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Scotland's Central Government Sector

The Central Goverment sector is made up of the Scottish Government, its Executive Agencies, Non-Ministerial Departments, Public Corporations, Executive NDPBs, Advisory NDPBs, Tribunals, Health Bodies, Parliamentary Commissioners and Ombudsmen, and other significant bodies.


Scotland’s Digital Future: Delivery of Public Services, Central Government Strategy sets out the Central Government strategy for delivering Digital Public Services in Scotland. It supports the strategy published at a national level: Scotland's Digital Future - Delivery of Public Services, launched 19 September 2012.


The key aim of this sectoral strategy is to help Central Government in Scotland deliver better digital public services for a better Scotland.

Set in the context and timescales of the national strategic vision, this strategy outlines:

  • the overarching strategic aims, vision and principles that will enable central government to deliver the outcomes of the national strategy;
  • the steps that central government organisations should take to ensure that their business and ICT strategies are aligned with the above; and
  • an initial action plan of activities required in the first two years. This will lay the foundations for further strategy delivery over subsequent years and will be refreshed as we move forward.

The overall lifespan of the aims, vision and principles of this Central Government strategy will be ten years - with an end date of September 2022. This strategy document and its action plan will have a shorter life-cycle and will be reviewed every two years during that period to ensure that it still supports that lifespan. At each review, a new iteration of the strategy document and the action plan will be produced.


This strategy applies to all Central Government bodies in Scotland under the jurisdiction of Scottish Ministers or responsible to the Scottish Parliament. It covers the full breadth of services supplied by the central government sector to citizens and businesses.

To ensure and support delivery of truly joined-up public services, this strategy also recognises that multi-sectoral collaboration and sharing is required with partners across other sectors. The principles and aims must therefore align with other sectoral strategies.