An inquiry will now be led by Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude, who has spoken out about ‘vanity sites’ and is demanding more cost-effective and efficient online services.
Websites could be closed and services streamlined across a sector which spent more than £94m between 2009-2010 on developing sites and more than £33m on staffing them.
‘In the short-term this could be a worry over the next six months,’ says Precedent director Mark Sherwin. However, he adds, ‘Fundamentally there is nothing [Maude] said that we don’t agree with.’
Sherwin says, ‘Many Government sites are fragmented and the work [being procured] is about merging existing sites.’
This, he says, has already been happening as a result of the 2008 Transformational Government strategy.
He believes that smaller groups working on ‘short-term tactical sites’ may lose out, but says that ‘in the long run, digital is absolutely the right medium’.