Skip to main content

What we're working on: 23 March 2016

Posted by: , Posted on: - Categories: What we're working on

This is a list of what we’ve been working on since the last update on 10 March, and what we plan to do next. As usual we’ve divided the work up into what we’ve been doing to keep GOV.UK running, and what we’re doing to make it better.

Running and supporting GOV.UK

To keep GOV.UK accurate, available and secure, to support government publishers and to meet the most pressing needs of end users, we’ve:

  • supported HM Treasury (HMT) to prepare and publish a HTML Budget 2016 document - 4 members of the team worked overnight in HMT to get it done
  • supported HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to prepare and publish an HTML overview of tax legislation and rates 2016
  • held the third cross-government Content Conference in Manchester, check out #ConConMcr for tweets from the event
  • hosted a content crit with the Treasury to share what worked well and what could be improved for this year's Budget content on GOV.UK
  • unpublished a DVLA Official Statistics page that shouldn’t have still been showing in statistics finder
  • removed a publication that was incorrectly appearing in /statistics
  • fixed a bug in the metadata for consultations that showed incorrect dates for documents published on different days as part of the same consultation outcome
  • stopped the Welsh translation for the Land Registry from redirecting to the English version
  • added a link to a new help page for email subscriptions
  • removed a duplicate statistics announcement for Ofsted
  • worked with HMRC to prepare content for major changes to the rules for employee expenses and benefits
  • fixed a bug that showed duplications for some organisations in Feedback Explorer
  • fixed a bug in Signon that stopped the delete image from appearing

Improving GOV.UK

To improve GOV.UK in relation to the missions on our roadmap, we’ve:

  • made a prototype of a much-improved import/export content design - one of the most challenging content areas on GOV.UK. The alpha team will test this with users and stakeholders across government to validate and make the case for implementing a radically simplified approach to this complex content theme
  • conducted a content review of the Land Registry's digital register service
  • ran a content strategy workshop with Department for Education (DfE)
  • added more content inventories for the education theme
  • created a tool for validating migrating content - so we can be sure that we do not lose any content as we migrate formats
  • made router reloading asynchronous so that it’s faster for us to republish all documents to the new publishing platform as we migrate them
  • checked if any non-edition documents in Whitehall use embedded contacts or administration links. For the formats that don’t have any embedded contacts - but have the functionality to allow them to be embedded - we’ll decide if that functionality should stay
  • started working with the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) content team on improving GOV.UK content for people starting a business
  • done contextual research to learn more about what users need in relation to early years content and services
  • migrated Travel Advice Publisher and Collections Publisher to the new tagging architecture

Things we plan to do next

In the next 2 to 3 weeks we expect to:

  • work with Defra and the Environment Agency on upcoming changes to environmental permits
  • prepare for the April upratings - lots of small content changes to reflect changes in fees, benefits, tax thresholds and so on
  • migrate Whitehall Publisher to the new tagging architecture
  • migrate Publisher to the new tagging architecture
  • more inventories and audits for the education theme

Sharing and comments

Share this page


  1. Comment by william giles posted on

    Hi, Im interested in any further information on this section ........"started working with the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) content team on improving GOV.UK content for people starting a business"

    I recently started a business back in July last year, and its been such a learning curve that it would have been nice to have some thing like the above to refer to as i went along, can you point me in the right direction to this information please (BIS)?

    • Replies to william giles>

      Comment by Hemita Bhatti posted on

      Hi William,

      We are still in the process of improving the content for people starting a business, so there is not much further information we can provide you with at the moment. Thanks.

      Kind Regards,