The websites for Number 10 Downing Street and the Deputy Prime Minister have moved to Gov.uk, the consolidated website for all government departments built as part of the Digital by Default initiative in hopes of saving up to GBP 50 million, completing the transition of all 24 government departments to the new domain.
According to Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude: “I’m proud to welcome the online home of No.10 Downing Street to GOV.UK, our flagship website for government”.
“Our digital by default vision for government is all about having online public services which are so good that people will choose to use them – that’s how we will get ahead in the global race. At GOV.UK anyone can find out information about any Whitehall department, all in one place,” he added.
Anthony Simon, Downing Street’s head of digital communications, wrote a post about the move on the website of Government Digital Service, which created Gov.uk, where he said that “Number 10 performs a vital role in communicating news and information about the activity of the Prime Minister, which needs to be reflected online.”
Regarding the website for the office of the Deputy Prime Minister he said that it “continues to reflect its main priorities. These include City Deals, Childcare, Tax cuts and jobs. All this information is easy to access alongside details of the ongoing activities and announcements from the Deputy Prime Minister.”
He also wrote that “You will notice a consistency with the GDS philosophy of putting the user’s need at the centre of everything they do. This means there are simple links from news stories to relevant topical and policy information from other government departments; designed to avoid confusing duplication. Content will also display correctly across a wide variety of devices, from smart phones to full-sized desktop computers.”
Gov.uk recently won in the digital category of Designs of the Year 2013.
Hundreds of agencies and non-departmental public bodies have yet to make the transition. The timetable for completion is scheduled for March 2014.
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