From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Alphagov homepage as of 4 July 2011
Type of site
Available inEnglish
OwnerCabinet Office
Created byGovernment Digital Service
Launched11 May 2011;
10 years ago
Current statusRetired
Content licence
Open Government Licence

Alphagov was the project name of the experimental prototype website built by the Government Digital Service and launched on 11 May 2011 by the UK Cabinet Office[1][2] that was open for public comment for two months in order to judge the feasibility of a single domain for British Government web services.


Launched in response to the report by Martha Lane Fox, Directgov 2010 and Beyond: Revolution Not Evolution,[3] published in November 2010, Alphagov sought to act as a proof of concept for the way citizens could interact with Government through a series of useful online tools, where they were more useful than published content alone.

As well as improving the 'citizen experience' of using government web services online the project also identified the potential for £64 million in yearly savings on central government's annual £128 million current web publishing bill.[4]


This initial consultation period was completed in June 2011. A beta version was then created, which led to the launch of GOV.UK.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Government launches single government website prototype". Cabinet Office. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  2. ^ Warman, Matt (30 March 2011). "Work begins on Alphagov single government website". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Directgov 2010 and Beyond: Revolution Not Evolution". Cabinet Office. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  4. ^ Rawlinson, Kevin. "New government web domain to save £64m, but at what cost?". The Independent. London. Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  5. ^ " to become beta". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 3 July 2011.

External links[edit]