I recently read this article in the Telegraph about government websites. Apparently closing six hundred of them will save £100m. Now ten seconds mental arithmetic gave a cost per website so outrageous that I thought I had lost the ability, and checked my sums with a calculator. This confirmed that a government website costs on average over £165,000. I have a friend who sets up websites for a living and confirms that for most of the sites he charges between a few hundred and a few thousand pounds. That is for designing and setting up. Annual running costs are then much lower. Why is it when taxpayers money is involved no-one seems to care about getting value for money?