Archives for March 13th, 2006

IMPLEMENTING A WIRELESS NETWORK

Abstracts, PublicNet: 13 March, 2006

This programme is now available to view on egovtv.tv, the online television channel for public service modernisation. It reviews how Cardiff council has provided Internet access to over 20,000 users in 200 offices and schools as well as offering secure ICT services to libraries and other council and government departments. In partnership with Nortel, it has implemented an integrated wired and wireless infrastructure.With this secure network in place, Cardiff is not only providing mobile services, it is also extending the services it offers such as free Internet access in libraries and video conferencing in schools. It has also secured a new service, Consumer Direct, a consumer help line for the whole of Wales run by the DTI.

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‘FANTASTIC PLASTIC’ MEANS MORE CHOICE IN PAYING COUNCIL TAX BILL

Headlines, PublicNet: 13 March, 2006

Liverpool City Council has launched its own plastic card for local people to pay their Council Tax bills instead of using payment booklets. The authority believes the card will be an easier and more convenient way to pay.Liverpool residents will be able to use the card to make payments in any of the city’s 113 Post Offices. They will simply hand the card and a payment to a cashier who will swipe it, process the payment and issue a paper receipt. The new service will be free whereas the Post Office charged for processing payments made with the old booklets.

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NEW ROUND OF CITY SUMMITS GETS UNDERWAY

Headlines, PublicNet: 13 March, 2006

Government ministers have begun a new series of ‘summit’ meetings in cities and towns, following the success of meetings last year in the eight so-called Core Cities. Ministers now want to engage with a broader range of places and will be holding meetings until the end of May.The first, in Ipswich, was for cities in the Eastern Region and it will be followed by a meeting next week in Exeter for representatives from towns and cities in the south west. Other meetings will be for coastal cities, growing places and towns and cities from the North East and North West of England. Venues for those sessions have still to be announced.

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