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February 1, 2012

Beta version of gov.uk launched

The portal is an initiative by the UK goverment to make digital public services easy to find and simple to use

By CBR Staff Writer

The UK government’s attempt to bring all of its online services under a single umbrella is taking shape as it launched the beta version of gov.uk.

A successor to the alpha.go.uk, its aim is to gather feedback from the public.

The full public release of gov.uk will take place in the later part of this year, as it will replace will replace Directgov portal.

The initiative, which is a result of recommendations of Martha Lane Fox, would save the government around £50m per year and will cover around 700 ‘needs’ of citizens prioritised on basis of search traffic to existing sites.

Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude was quoted by the BBC as saying that digital public services should be easy to find and simple to use.

"Our approach is changing. IT needs to be commissioned or rented, rather than procured in huge, expensive contracts of long duration," Maude added.

 

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