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Cabinet Office cuts to target government web activity

Simon Quicke

As part of its ongoing attempts to cut costs and gain efficiencies the government is expected to review and reduce its web activity.

According to reports over the weekend Martha Lane Fox, the digital champion appointed during the last government, is going to be given the task of helping reduce the current 800 government websites, and is due to report soon on the current state of web activity.

As part of the Cabinet Office programme of cutbacks led by Francis Maude, which has already seen major IT suppliers agree to reduce their government bills, the number of websites could be reduced by around 75%.

The number of players that have now signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is almost complete having steadily piled up since Atos Origin first put pen to paper a couple of months ago. Fujitsu signed last week using the same formula of words to promise to work with the government to find efficiencies.


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