Central Office of Information
|Non-ministerial government department overview|
|Preceding Non-ministerial government department||Ministry of Information|
|Dissolved||30 December 2011|
|Superseding agency||Cabinet Office|
|Headquarters||Hercules House, Hercules Road, London SE1 7DU|
|Minister responsible||, Minister for the Cabinet Office|
The Central Office of Information (COI) was the UK government's marketing and communications agency. Its Chief Executive reported to the Minister for the Cabinet Office. It was a non-ministerial department, an executive agency and a trading fund, and recovered its costs from the other departments, executive agencies and publicly funded bodies which used its services.
It was established in 1946 as the successor to the wartime Ministry of Information. It worked with Whitehall departments and public bodies to produce information campaigns on issues that affected the lives of British citizens, from health and education to benefits, rights and welfare.
From 2010, governmental spending on marketing fell considerably. This was because of the Coalition Government's policy to support only essential campaigns. As a result, the Government announced that COI would be closed and its remaining functions transferred to the Cabinet Office.
The Central Office of Information closed on 30 December 2011.
- Cabinet Office (2011-06-23). "Government publishes response to COI review - Press releases - GOV.UK". Cabinetoffice.gov.uk. Retrieved 2014-03-22.
- Cabinet Office Annual Report and Accounts 2012-13 p88
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