Headlines: May 23rd, 2003

Sixteen pilot partnership e-government projects have been brought together by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister to promote the sharing of best practice. The exhibition, which gives councils and their partners the opportunity to demonstrate the projects, supports the aim of getting all services on line by 2005. Central government departments and the private sector are involved in the partnerships.The projects should all be completed by March 2004, so that the results will be available in good time to help councils to reach the 2005 target. They will provide the key building blocks for the development of local e-government, supporting the work being done by councils themselves.

The projects cover wide areas of local government activity. There is a schools application process, which provides a single point of access for parents, carers and children. Another project, focuses on crime reduction and youth offending and is developing e-tools to create a more joined up service, improving the process of sharing information with the aim of providing an improved youth justice system. Other projects involve digital TV and smartcards.

Councils have been invited to come forward with ideas for other areas which have not yet been covered.