Directgov – the government website that provides access to public services online – has launched a mobile version of the site.

The COI, on behalf of Directgov, commissioned interactive agency Cimex to develop the mobile service.

The new version of Directgov - www.direct.gov.uk/mobile - is available via internet-enabled mobile phones. Users can enter a postcode to search for local information, including solicitors, legal advice, councils, and where to access the internet. They can also connect to the learndirect advice line for free careers and learning advice.

Alex Butler, Directgov’s Strategy and Marketing Director, comments on the advantages mobile Directgov offers:

“People can now rely on Directgov for quick and easy access to information on a range of local services while on the move. Research shows this is what the public expects and we are able to meet this demand through joined-up government working, using mobile and the web.

“Making the site available via mobile phones is part of our mission to develop the Directgov offer and put public services and information all in one place.”

Directgov mobile will develop over the next few months. 3G services, including video content, will be launched together with access to local health, education and travel services.

Says David Hockin, Cimex: Corporate Director, “Cimex is pleased to provide the technology that improves access to so many public services.”

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Notes to editors:
The WAP version of Directgov is available on all mobile platforms.

For further information or interviews, please contact: Solange Nolan at Cimex on 020 7324 7780.

Responsibility for Directgov moved from Cabinet Office to COI in April 2006.
Contact Kate Tonge at COI on 020 7261 8306 for further information.

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Published on: 12:00AM on 30th November 2006