The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and the Department for Transport (DFT) are just two of the major public bodies to relocate their online presence over to the new Gov.UK website.
The new website replaces DirectGov and Business Link and will become the single home for all government services and information. It is anticipated that the streamlining of services will save somewhere in the region of £50 million pounds per year.
The merging of the government’s various websites to make a single ‘one-stop shop’ for government services will allow around 70% of public queries to be answered online.
The new website features an ‘inside government’ section which aims to make it simpler, clearer and faster to find out how government works, what the government is doing and how people can get involved.
Visitors to the old DSA, Business Link and DirectGov websites will be automatically re-directed. The Department for Transport’s website has a message uploaded, asking visitors to follow a link to their new location.
The government is advising people to make a note of the web addresses for future reference which are as follows:
DSA – www.gov.uk/dsa
DFT – www.gov.uk/dft
Speaking at its official launch back in February 2012, Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office said: “Our approach is changing. IT needs to be commissioned or rented, rather than procured in huge, expensive contracts of long duration.”
Viewers will note that some of the existing links such as the section relating to test bookings will still load in the old colour scheme. The government will be continuing to shift across all sections, departments and organisations in batches over the next few months. The new Gov.UK website will be complete and fully operational by March 2014.
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