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Cabinet Office chucks hefty rulebook at paper-chewing gov bods

The Register - The Cabinet Office will have its money-saving, IT-tightening digital service standards ready for government offices by April and has said it wants all departments to have swotted up and be ready by next February, Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude said yesterday at a gathering of "digital warriors". The newer websites and services have just three months to achieve compliance, however.

The minister spoke about the new cost-cutting rulebook at Sprint13 conference yesterday, where he was joined by Martha Lane Fox to help whip up excitement among their fellow civil servants about government's digital dream.

The new Digital Service Standards for Government will be published in April, and all new government sites and services after that date will have to be compliant. By early 2014 it is hoped that all government services will have shifted over to the new platform and will be following the guidelines.

Maude has said he expects savings of £1.2bn by 2015 for the UK taxpayer, when the government manages to fully transition its admin off paper and onto the internet. He is also hoping to reduce overall IT spend - currently, according to the Cabinet Office, the UK government has the highest IT spend per capita in the world.