Treasury website closes spending forum

The Government’s supposed cost-cutting website Spending Challenge has effectively been closed as a forum for debate less than two weeks after it was launched.

Treasury website closes spending forum

The Treasury came under fire last week for the way it moderated comments and suggestions posted on the site, with campaign groups and consumers complaining the forum was a platform for offensive comments.

As you may have noticed, the site has been subject to a small number of malicious attacks

Amid talk of malware attacks and ongoing dubious postings, the Treasury has now changed the format so surfers can no longer access other users’ comments and older suggestions are no longer searchable.

“We’ve had to stop users logging in due to a small handful of users posting offensive content,” the government said via its Twitter account over the weekend. “Please try back again in the morning.”

However, citing malicious attacks the Treasury has now updated the site, with all interaction stripped out of the service, meaning any input is effectively an email to the department.

“As you may have noticed, the site has been subject to a small number of malicious attacks so we have unfortunately had to pause on the interactive features for now,” the site’s home page reads.

“We’re still keen to hear any further ideas you have, which we may publish at a later date. You can submit your ideas for improving public services through the Spending Challenge website using the form on the home page.”

A spokesperson for the Treasury was unable to tell us the cost of the project to date.

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