Goodbye Directgov and and RIP Business Link! GOV.UK is now open for business with the promise of saving up to £70 million "over time".
The release of GOV.UK is a key element in the Government’s Digital by Default agenda, which was instigated by Martha Lane Fox’s ”Revolution, not Evolution” report. "“It's so exciting to see government lead the way in design and put the emphasis where it should be – on us, the users and citizens," said Lane Fox.
The go live of GOV.UK is about replacing the Directgov and Business Link sites which will close today. This is the first step in a 3 stage transition to consolidate all government websites on to a single domain. The second and third stages involve the transition of 24 government departments and a number of agencies/non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) by March 2013, and then of the remaining agencies/NDPBs by March 2014.
"GOV.UK is focused on the needs of users, not the needs of government. It has been planned, written, organised and designed around what users need to get done, not around the ways government want them to do it - providing only the content they need and nothing superfluous," said Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude.
"Not only is the result simpler, clearer and faster for users, it will also cost taxpayers up to £70m less per year than the services it replaces. We anticipate further substantial savings as more departments and agencies move on to the GOV.UK platform.
"In the way it has been built - and will continue to be updated and improved on the basis of experience and user feedback - GOV.UK is an example of how the Civil Service should keep continuously changing and improving and remain focused on outcomes.
"The public wants services to be delivered better, and with GOV.UK we are responding with a digital platform that makes services quicker and easier to use, and produces efficiencies for government."