Headlines: February 20th, 2001

The Government has taken a further major step towards getting Britain’s public services on line in a coherent format.Uk online is now officially up and running, after a period of testing, and claims to offer a series of ‘cradle to grave’ services.

Support for businesses, computer access and training opportunities for the public as well as transactional opportunities are all part of the programme and will be added to the online offer over coming weeks.

The first services to be offered online are VAT returns, aid applications for farmers from the Ministry of Agriculture, and PAYE year end returns for the Inland Revenue.

Those promised later include registering a birth or ordering a road tax disc online.

The site has been developed in partnership with BT and its test version attracted more than 8 million hits.

Link: www.ukonline.gov.uk