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UK Gov't To Review Hundreds of Websites, Axe Many of Them 92

krou writes "The UK government is to review all of its 820 websites after the Central Office of Information revealed that for 2009-2010, the government spent '£94m on website development and running costs and £32m on web staff,' which each site visitor representing a cost of £11.78 to the government. 'The UK Trade and Investment website averaged 28,000 users per month but cost over £4m ... 16% of government departments did not know how their own websites were being used by tax payers, and almost a quarter were not aware of the running costs.' There was also anecdotal evidence of departments bidding against each other for search terms on Google. The review is to be carried out by Cabinet Minister Francis Maude, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander, and Digital Champion Martha Lane Fox."
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UK Gov't To Review Hundreds of Websites, Axe Many of Them

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  • by mysidia ( 191772 ) on Friday June 25, 2010 @08:49PM (#32699176)

    I regret to inform you, that the UK government has recently begun conducting a review of 820 websites, and your web site is to be terminated immediately, due to excessive costs to the taxpayers.

    The UK Central Office of Information recently revealed the high cost per visitor of £11.78 to our websites.

    Your recent article linked to the BBC, making your web site part of ours. The BBC.CO.UK received nearly 100 million page views, referred by the page, costing the taxpayer £1 billion.

    Therefore the Central Information Office has issued an order that be shut down immediately, as a cost saving measure. Please comply, or the ramifications could be dire.

  • Axe them? (Score:3, Funny)

    by rudy_wayne ( 414635 ) on Friday June 25, 2010 @11:15PM (#32699914)

    " UK Gov't To Review Hundreds of Websites, Axe Many of Them"

    Axe them? Axe them what?

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