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Thursday 20th September 2012 | 00:01
Cabinet Office press release
A UK government team is to sell its expertise worldwide after saving the UK taxpayer millions of pounds.
The Nudge Unit – which develops ways to improve public services through individual decision-making – has identified public savings of at least £300m since its launch in 2010.
The methods of the unit, which is formally known as the Behavioural Insights Team, have sparked interest from foreign governments and organisations interested in adopting its cost effective techniques.
The Nudge Unit has already worked successfully on government policy:
The team has now agreed partnerships with the government of New South Wales, Australia and a local Housing Association – and will continue its ground-breaking work across Whitehall.
Announcing the plans, Minister without Portfolio Grant Shapps MP said:
“As a government, we’ve led the way in this innovative field.
“Behavioural Insight is about giving power back to the individual, encouraging them to think about their choices and how those choices will affect them in the long term.
“The work of the Unit has improved public services and saved taxpayers’ money – so I’m proud that it will be recognised on a global scale.”