Headlines: October 12th, 2000

Seven central departments have collaborated in providing an information gateway for local councils. The website www.info4local.gov.uk , brings together relevant material from the departments and agencies. It will help local councillors and staff members to keep on top of new policy developments with ‘what’s new’ summaries of the latest publications and guidance from departments. There is a direct link from the summary information to the departments’ own web sites. An e-mail alert system is being piloted, which lets people know at their desktops when new information comes on to the site.The website is based on research done with councils last year. There will be regular research to ensure that the site continues to deliver the information councils want and that all future developments reflect their priorities. Six volunteer councils are also helping to develop and guide the project.