Whitehall websites not alone in getting axed, iPhone apps get hit too

The BBC has discovered that various government departments have been developing iPhone apps, including an NHS drinks tracker which cost £10,000 to develop, a DVLA how to change your wheel masterclass costing £40,000 to produce and a job finder app for those recently unemployed senior executives who managed to retain their company iPhones.

The JobCentre Plus app has already been downloaded 53,000 times so there must be a lot of wealthy jobseekers out there.

No doubt once cabinet minister Francis Maude and his cronies at the Efficiency and Reform Office have got through their review of the government’s 820 websites, they’ll start checking out the apps – if they’ve got iPhones that is.

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"The JobCentre Plus app has already been downloaded 53,000 times so there must be a lot of wealthy jobseekers out there"

What, because they've got mobile phones? You'll be telling us they've got colour televisions next! And not everyone looking for a job is even unemployed. Maybe the government will need to cut down on the amount it spends on useful or even life-saving advice (like the wheel-changing) but why is an iphone/android app any more decadent and wasteful than a public information film or website? People seek out all sorts of information via apps--why not government information?

Strangely Luddite response from an IT paper.

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I agree with the other poster. What a weirdly scornful tone in the article.

The Government could also do without computers I am sure - or perhaps use them on a weekly basis only.

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