Nick Jones, currently interactive director for the Central Office of Information (COI), has been appointed interim head of digital for the Prime Minister's Office and Cabinet Office.
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Jones will continue his work at the COI, while also overseeing digital communications at Number 10.
The move comes after the COI was earmarked for closure in June following a major shake-up of government communications. The COI has already seen its budget cut from £532m in 2009/10 to an estimated £168m in 2010/11.
Jones' appointment is temporary as the government is considering the scope of its digital services in the context of the communications reforms, said a Cabinet Office spokeswoman.
Rishi Saha left as Downing Street's head of digital communications in June to become regional director of Hill & Knowlton across Australia, the Middle East, and South and Central Asia.