UK govt to make public services online only

UK govt to make public services online only

Summary: UK government wants to become "digital by default" and will move a majority of applications for public services online by 2013, says minister.

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Businesses in the United Kingdom will be forced to complete some tax forms online, the government has revealed in plans to scrap paper applications for tax reporting, student loans and other services.

The majority of applications for public services will be moved online by 2013, with the aim of saving £112.5 million (US$ 179.24 million), Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said in a speech on Tuesday.

"We want to become a government which is digital by default, making online the preferred channel for government services," said Maude.

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