New government website goes live

A Government website that will save taxpayers up to £70 million by replacing other online public services is going live.
Users will be able to carry out a raft of tasks at GOV.UK, including applying for driving licences, finding out travel information and looking for business advice.

Directgov and Business Link will now close and the new site will eventually take in governmental department websites, saving between £50 million and £70 million "over time", according to officials.

GOV.UK, which latest figures show has cost £18.7 million to build, will be easier and faster to use than the previous versions, according to ministers.

Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude said: "The public wants services to be delivered better, and with GOV.UK we are responding with a digital platform that makes services quicker and easier to use, and produces efficiencies for government."

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