The Government has launched its UKonline portal, designed to give people direct access to Government departments and to provide a one-stop shop for information, this week.
Designed in-house, the site is supposed to improve the way public services are delivered, as part of a £1bn initiative to drive the UK’s on-line access to all Government services.
The site, ukonline.gov.uk, has been developed by a recently formed Government e-communications team, which has been created to improve the design of all Government department websites. The team will call on consultancies on the Central Office of Information roster if and when they are needed.
Launched on test in December, the site has received nine million hits. It has been enhanced through the addition of new features, such as improved access for the partially sighted.
Director of e-communications, Cabinet Office Lucian Hudson says, “We want to ensure the site is citizen-friendly. My priorities are access and usability and the look and feel of the site.”
The Government’s on-line initiative includes plans to ensure access to the Internet for all UK citizens by 2005.
The launch follows news that Trade Partners UK is to sponsor and execute the translation of a promotional catalogue for a website of 100 designers, put together by Design-Nation. The website aims to promote British design excellence around Europe.