Cabinet Office misses deadline on website information

The Cabinet Office has missed its first quarterly deadline to release data on the number of central government websites.

The Cabinet Office has missed its first quarterly deadline to release data on the number of central government websites.

The government's publication of this data is line with its move to reduce the number of its sites. The Cabinet Office said its annual report on websites will now be published at the end of June.

In its structural reform plan the government also confirmed a December deadline for creating its Public Data Corporations (PDCs).

The PDCs are intended to bring together public bodies and house datasets to be made available to the public and for commercial use.

But Cabinet Minister Francis Maude raised concerns earlier this year that the information may not be made free to the public. "At present, many state agencies face a conflict between maximising revenues from the sale of data and making the data freely available to be exploited for social and economic gain," he said.

In its business plan, the government also committed to open up public sector job opportunities more widely by advertising on a single site by the end of October.

Projects completed include a review of websites for decommissioning and the completion of the first version of a cross-departmental asset register.

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