Last month, the GDS blog published details of the traffic levels experienced by the new government e-petitions service in its first 100 days:
At what price? Well, that came out soon afterwards, in a PQ to the Leader of the House.
The Government’s e-petition site was designed and created by the Government Digital Service, in conjunction with the Office of the Leader of the House of Commons, at a cost of £80,700. The projected technical running cost for the first three years of operation is £32,000 per annum.
– which works out, very roughly, at
just over around 1p per ‘transaction’ (ie petition signature). The traffic numbers were impressive in and of themselves, but it’s this calculation which matters more. A hearty ‘well done’ to the GDS team. Now, it’s over to the politicians to do something meaningful with the petitions…?