UK Government saves £41m axing 61 sites

The UK government has saved £41m in website costs since July 2011, with the total number of sites down by 61 to 383, according to official figures. The news comes as the government moves to accelerate the closure of its website estate and prepares to switch off its main information site Directgov and Business Link sites, which will be replaced by from October 17, 2012.

The total cost of running government sites was just under £108m for 2011/2012, according to the annual Reporting on progress: Central Government Websites findings from the Cabinet Office. The Department for Health had the most expensive website running costs of the 20 central government departments listed, spending £21m on websites and a further £1.4m on staff-related costs.

So far, 1,700 government sites have been axed as part of Martha Lane Fox’s review of public sector digital services in October 2010, which recommended government should have a single domain for its digital interactions.

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