Headlines: November 20th, 2006

COUNCILS ‘LEADING WAY ON E-GOVERNMENT’ AS AWARDS APPROACH

 

Almost ninety projects have been short listed for this year’s e-Government National Awards from record 345 nominations received from senior professionals. The organisers say the finalists demonstrate a great diversity and spread of excellence in e-Government and public sector IT.The 89 short listed entries have been drawn from local authorities, central government departments, non-departmental public bodies and voluntary organisations. They include Birmingham City Council, the Department for Education and Skills, the Highways Agency, the Environment Agency, the Welsh Assembly, the NHS and the homeless charity Shelter.

The Awards, which are sponsored by KPMG and supported by the Cabinet Office e-Government Unit, the Office of Government Commerce, the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and the Society of IT Management, are recognised as the highest level commendation for the best in e-Government services, rewarding innovation in online delivery and IT implementation. It is claimed they have transformed the lives of citizens, local communities, businesses and stakeholder groups. The winners will be announced in January.

Pat McFadden, the Cabinet Office Minister with responsibility for Transformational Government said it was essential to use technology in reforming public services to fit the needs of citizens and he added, “But it is not just central government which has a role to play here, organisations across the public sector all need to provide the best possible service to their users, whether individuals, businesses or whole communities.”

John Oughton, the Chief Executive of the Office of Government Commerce said local government was leading the way on many efficiency and e-government efforts.