Abstracts: October 21st, 2009

This programme is now available to view on localgov.tv the online television channel for public service modernisation. It describes how Arun District Council, North Tyneside Council and Wealden District Council cut overpayment of benefits by £100,000 through the introduction of an intelligent electronic application form.

The processing of benefit applications has also been speeded up.

The intelligent form initiative was funded by the Department of Work and Pensions and developed by OITUK. It replaced a previously cumbersome paper form.

GovTV is a dedicated web-cast television channel for governors of public bodies, council members and senior executives across all public sector organisations and is available free to an unlimited audience at anytime, at any location via the internet.

The programme can be viewed at GovTV. www.localgov.tv