The UK Government manages the .gov.uk domain name registry in order to signify digital services that are part of the administration of the state, so that they can be identified as authoritative and trustworthy.
The rules governing which organisations are eligible to register .gov.uk domain names and those names that may be used are set out in TG101 Naming and Registering Websites and Social Media Channels.
Public sector bodies may register .gov.uk domain names for a variety of purposes:
- Email only purposes
- Websites, including those for campaigns, education, information and transactions
- Page redirection (e.g. for alternative spellings of domain names)
- To maintain access to information on the UK Government Website Archive
Source: Cabinet Office