Headlines: April 23rd, 1999

Initiatives for joint working across boundaries will be eligible for funds from the Invest to Save Budget in 2000/2001. The Treasury is now inviting bids for the 45 million pound budget. Bids will only be accepted if two or more public bodies make a joint submission. The last bidding round was restricted to central government departments, but the current invitation has gone to all public sector organisations including local government and the health service.

The other criteria which bids must meet are that projects must identify innovative ways of delivering services which serve the Modernising government agenda and that reduce the cost of services and improve quality and effectiveness.

Successful projects that secured funding from the first round of the Invest to Save Budget included joint call centres for police, ambulance, fire and rescue services.