Government streamlines web presence

The government today said it would axe a whopping 551 of its websites to make access to information easier for citizens and businesses.

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The government today said it would axe a whopping 551 of its websites to make access to information easier for citizens and businesses.

The cuts came as part of the launch of a progress report on 'Transformational government: enabled by technology', which said that only 26 of the websites examined so far are certain to be retained by Government.

Information of continuing relevance from closed sites will transfer to the government’s general business website, BusinessLink. http://www.direct.gov.uk and http://www.businesslink.gov.uk.

The government stated the move was the natural next step, as citizens shift their interest to 'supersites' such as the Directgov and BusinessLink.

The transformation report is the first of its kind in Europe and sets out that transformation in government is a long-term endeavour involving tough challenges. John Suffolk, Government CIO said Wednesday: "We operate in over 140 countries, spend some £12 billion a year across the whole public sector and run many of the world's largest computer systems. The [Department of Work and Pensions] DWP makes 13 millions benefits payments electronically every week."

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