Headlines: May 19th, 1999

Central Government departments and agencies now have instant access to a wealth of information provided by Public Finance magazine and Publicnet. Users connected to the Government Secure Intranet (GSI) can go directly to sites with news and views about public service developments with one click on the mouse. There are also links to other information providers, including the BBC and ITN.

The GSI is a secure network set to revolutionise the way government does business. As well as links to external sites it also provides e-mail, directories and access to the Internet. 23 departments are connected to the GSI and this number will double by the end of the year. As connection grows it will be possible to use the network to support collaborative service delivery.

Public Finance and Publicnet are collaborating to improve the quality and scope of their service. Public Finance, the business weekly of the public sector, offers news and in-depth features, by writers such as Polly Toynbee (Guardian), Robin Oakley (BBC) and Peter Riddell (The Times). Contributors also include leading political figures, such as the MPs Jack Cunningham, Hilary Armstrong, Alan Milburn and George Robertson. Public Finance has also recently redesigned its website, and now offers an archive database of past features and news on subjects from the Private Finance Initiative to Best Value.