At last: a reduction in .gov.uk sites

The report by Sir David Varney last month prescribed a reduction in the number of departmental websites, instead using Directgov and Businesslink as the primary information and transactional channels for citizens and businesses respectively.

Finally!

And it seems the report has developed an impetus, the BBC today reporting the Cabinet Office’s decision to close down 551 sites, with "hundreds more … expected to follow". They estimate the total number of sites currently out there at 991, although this seems woefully low, especially if you bring in local government.

This makes me happy because (a) the government web-presence is currently chaotic and (b) I project managed the implementation of Directgov. So it’s nice to see its ever-increasing profile. However this news has been a long time coming.

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