Headlines: June 18th, 1998

A new report drawn up in association with all of the key local government associations has called on local authorities to place new technology higher on their agendas.

The new report aims to advise local authorities how best to use relevant information and communication technology, and says these will be key to delivering the government’s modernising agenda.

It comes as the Audit Commission has condemned up to two thirds of local authorities and NHS Trusts for having no firm strategy for how to deal with the potential problems to be caused to older computer systems by the Millennium date change.

The Society of IT Managers in local government has worked with the other main representative bodies in the sector to produce Modernising Local Government: Embracing The Information Age.

SOCITM says delivering the community leadership and best value agendas will depend upon successful use of information technology, and yet questions how important the issue is regarded by local authorities.

The report studies the strands of the modernising agenda and examines how implementation will require an understanding of the importance of information and communication technologies.

All SOLACE and SOCITM members will receive a complimentary copy of the report. Any other organisations wishing to obtain copies, price 10 pounds, should contact SOCITM National Secretary, Bob Griffith on 01604 674800.