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Tuesday, 2 October 2012

About Directgov

Directgov is the UK government's digital service for people in England and Wales. It delivers information and practical advice about public services, bringing them all together in one place. You can access Directgov on the web or on your mobile.

What is Directgov?

Directgov gives you easy access to government information and services. It uses simple language and presentation across the web and mobile. Content is written in plain English, and you can read most of it in Welsh. Directgov works closely with government departments to bring information for the public all together in one place.

Directgov can help you with many things, for example:

  • booking your driving test
  • finding a job
  • paying your car tax
  • finding local services such as NHS clinics, solicitors and nurseries

The government uses Directgov to get information to the public in times of crisis or emergency, for example the swine flu outbreak.

Directgov is being replaced by GOV.UK from 17 October

From 17 October, GOV.UK will replace Directgov and Business Link. This website will become the best place to find government services and information.

GOV.UK has been designed to make it simpler, clearer, and faster for you to get to what you need from government.

Until 17 October, you can explore the new website by using this experimental trial (‘beta’) version.

But please be aware – this is a test website. It may contain inaccuracies or be misleading. Directgov and Business Link remain the official websites for government information and services.

Linking to Directgov

Directgov welcomes and encourages other websites to link to its information pages. You don't have to ask permission to link to Directgov but we can provide wording and linking graphics.

Using Directgov content

Most information on Directgov is covered by Crown copyright. This means that you can use it for free in any format or medium, as long as you:

  • reproduce it accurately
  • don’t use it in a misleading way

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Try GOV.UK now

From 17 October, GOV.UK will be the best place to find government services and information

Online benefits advice

If you need advice on benefits, pensions and credits, see what you might get by using the online calculator

Claim Jobseeker's Allowance online

If you need to apply for Jobseeker's Allowance, do it online at a time that suits you

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