Type of site
|Available in||English and Welsh|
|Created by||Government Digital Service|
|Alexa rank||692 (June 2017)|
|Launched||1 February 2012|
Open Government Licence
gov.uk (styled on the site as GOV.UK) is a United Kingdom public sector information website, created by the Government Digital Service to provide a single point of access to HM Government services. The site launched as a beta on 31 January 2012, following on from the Alphagov project. It officially replaced Directgov and the online services of Business Link on 17 October 2012.
The website was planned to replace the individual websites of hundreds of government departments and public bodies by 2014. By 1 May 2013, all 24 ministerial departments and 28 other organisations had their URLs redirecting to gov.uk.
As of the GDS' 400-day target in March 2015, 20 of the promised 25 exemplar services, from 8 departments, were functioning, many of those on extremely limited basis.
The first ministerial departments and other organisations moved to the Inside Government section of gov.uk on 15 November 2012. On 12 December 2012, a further three departments migrated, bringing the total of ministerial departments to six out of a total of 24. By 1 May 2013, all ministerial departments had transferred to gov.uk.
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