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HMRC website to move to GOV.UK

Charlotte Jee Published 25 February 2013

Biggest departmental website to move to 'Inside Government' section of GOV.UK; DoH and other departments to follow


HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is due to move its corporate internet publishing to the 'Inside Government' section of GOV.UK.

The HMRC website is the largest of any government department, with around 4-6m hits a month. The website has over 108,000 separate pages providing more than 200 different online services, reflecting the department's position as the biggest 'transactional' department in central government, overseeing 978m transactions per year.

By way of comparison, the runner-up, the Department for Work and Pensions, processes 102m transactions a year.

An HMRC spokesperson said, "We will start publishing on "Inside Government" in the next week or so. After the transition, our old corporate content will be available on the National Archives site. We're keen to have feedback from users on the new site and this will be used to further develop and improve the site.

"HMRC's online advice and services are unaffected by this change; this material will remain on the HMRC site for now."

In addition, the Department of Health's website is due to move to GOV.UK in March 2013, with the Department for Culture, Media & Sport, the Northern Ireland Office and the Office of the Advocate General also due to follow soon.

The Cabinet Office moved its corporate and policy information to GOV.UK last week, along with the Offices of the Leaders of the Houses of Commons and Lords. Of 24 ministerial departments, 11 are currently on Inside Government. The upcoming addition of five further new departments will bring the total to 16 out of 24, meaning that well over half of departments will have made the move to GOV.UK.

'Inside Government' is expected to host the websites of all government departments and a number of public bodies by 2014, which the government hopes will save at least £50m of public money annually.

GOV.UK was launched on 17 October as a replacement for DirectGov and Business Link. It will eventually provide a single portal for all government operations.

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