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GOV.UK logo
Web address
Slogan Simpler, clearer, faster
Commercial? No
Type of site
Government information
Registration No
Available in English and Welsh
Content license
Crown copyright
Open Government Licence
Owner HM Government
Created by Government Digital Service
Launched 1 February 2012
Alexa rank
positive decrease 958 (February 2015)[1]
Current status Online

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 became available as a beta test from 1 February 2012,[2] following on from the Alphagov project. It officially replaced Directgov and the online services of Business Link on 17 October 2012.

The website is due 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 moved to GOV.UK.[3]


The first ministerial departments and other organisations moved to the Inside Government section of GOV.UK on 15 November 2012.[4] On 12 December 2012, a further three departments migrated, bringing the total of ministerial departments to six out of a total of 24.[5] By 1 May 2013, all ministerial departments had transferred to GOV.UK.[3]

On 16 April 2013, GOV.UK won Design of the Year 2013 at the Design Museum awards.[6] The Government Digital Service has also won a D&AD "Black Pencil" award for their work.[7]

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  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  2. ^ " service portal opens for public testing". BBC News Online. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Tom Loosemore (1 May 2013). "The story of GOV.UK so far, in pictures". Government Digital Service. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Heywood, Jeremy. "Launching Inside Government". Government Digital Service. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "The new home on the web for FCO, MOD, BIS and AGO". Government Digital Service. 12 December 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Wainwright, Oliver (16 April 2013). "'Direct and well-mannered' government website named design of the year". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Writing for Design / Writing for Websites & Digital Design – GOV.UK". D&AD. 

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