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Government confirms first departments live on Gov.UK platform

15 Nov 2012
Big Ben at the Houses of Parliament in London

The government has announced that two departments are now live on the new Gov.UK website platform as part of a plan to save £50m a year and improve citizens' access to data.

The Gov.UK website went live on 17 October as a replacement for the old DirectGov and Business Link as the place for citizens to find out about schools, benefits, transport and other types of public services.

Now, the home pages of the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), are available on Gov.UK.

This will mean that rather than a citizen who wants to find information out from government on a specific issue they can find it all from a single location, rather than needing to know which departments are involved and trawl their separate websites to find the information.

"Gov.UK is designed to meet the needs of users and what they want to do. It is a simpler, clearer and faster way for people to find government services and information online," said Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude.

"Last month we launched Gov.UK, and now we are pushing ahead with moving departmental corporate and policy information on to the single domain. Information will be easier to access and more open, and we will save the taxpayer millions of pounds in the process."

Furthermore, the website for three associated agencies and bodies - the Driving Standards Agency, the Building Regulations Advisory Committee and the Planning Inspectorate are also on the new platform.

Maude has previously said the new joined-up services site will save the taxpayers up to £70m per year by reducing duplication of resources.

Also, the fact that Gov.UK has been built using open source technology means the government will not have to pay expensive licensing costs.

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Dan Worth

Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal

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