Government services: Why frontend performance matters

On 8th October 2019 at Channel 4 Television as part of LWP October: Going fast in Government, and in Webpack

A talk giving my opinion on why frontend performance matters and its huge impact on users from the perspective of government services. The talk focuses on the UK central government's website, GOV.UK. It contains details on the history of Government Digital Service and GOV.UK, who our users are, the devices that they use, and connection speeds across the UK.

There's a focus on what happens if web performance is poor for government services and what this means for users who rely on them. It also covers what we've done in the past, are currently doing and our plans for the future of frontend web performance both at GDS and across government.

Presented by

Matt Hobbs

Head of Frontend Development, GDS


Matt Hobbs is Head of Frontend Development at the Government Digital Service. An experienced frontend developer, he is passionate about using his skills to build accessible and performant user interfaces. Matt makes a point of keeping on top of the latest technology and tools, is interested in all aspects of interface development, and is a keen advocate for best practice.


LWP October: Going fast in Government, and in Webpack


8th October 2019

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