Whilst this Wednesday will see George Osborne deliver his fifth Budget to Parliament as the Chancellor of the Exchequer, it will be the first Budget to appear on GOV.UK.
In previous years Budget related information has been published on both the Treasury and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) websites and it has been difficult to keep track of all the new consultations, documents and statistics. A dedicated page on the GOV.UK website has already been set up and is going to be regularly updated between now and throughout Wednesday.
The page can be viewed here http://abytx.co/1e7NpCP
The page is split into sections, titled Latest, Announcements and Publications for ease of reference. There is likely to be an avalanche of information, so the best way to make sure you see everything is to click See all on the right hand side of the page, under the Latest section.
From hmrc.gov.uk to GOV.UK
Over the last twelve months, HMRC has moved its corporate web presence to GOV.UK.
Robin Riley, Head of Digital Engagement and project lead for HMRC’s corporate content on GOV.UK, published like for like page view statistics for comparison earlier this month. The statistics are summarised below and they point towards an increase in traffic since the move.
|Content||Old HMRC site*||New GOV.UK site**||%age change|
|What HMRC is doing about tax evasion and avoidance||71||4974||6,900|
|HMRC’s vision, purpose, way etc||179||5236||2,800|
|News story (sample ***)||430||1851||330|
|HMRC Executive Committee||473||301||-36|
|HMRC Chief Executive’s biography||1134****||645||-43|
* Three month average of page views; Nov 12 to Jan 13 inclusive
** Three month average of page views; Nov 13 to Jan 14 inclusive
*** Average of peak monthly page views from a sample of three routine news stories
**** Lin Homer’s appointment was during this period
If nothing else, the statistics also suggest an increased interest in tax evasion and avoidance, which are two topics likely to feature prominently this Wednesday. The Budget follows Prime Minister’s Questions at 12.30pm.
Author: Guy Smith, Senior Tax Consultant on the ReSource Tax & VAT Consultancy Team.
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