From now on, those seeking advice on issues ranging from money and tax issues such as VAT rates and council tax bands, to crime, citizenship or setting up and running a limited company will be redirected to gov.uk.
The government's objective is to provide "simpler, clearer and faster" access to government services, in contrast to the DirectGov website, which laboured on with the same design for the past eight years.
Gov.uk appears to have fulfilled this brief on the design side, with information displayed clearly and concisely, if somewhat sparsely, in columns of headline links with short explanations. You can almost smell the fresh paint.
But AccountingWEB members raised concerns about some of the website's content.
"Just had a quick look around the tax and company sections and found a handful of howlers straight away. This is dangerous, they've simplified it far too much and those writing the web pages clearly haven't enough knowledge or experience," said Ken Howard.
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