The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) has closed down the Local e-Government Standards Body (LeGSB), leaving councils with no official body to guide them through on-line development.
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The body announced its disbandment yesterday, saying the ODPM had rejected its business case, meaning the body was now effectively frozen.
The LeGSB was developed under the ODPM's National Projects for local e-government programme. The ODPM is now looking for local authorities and other organisations to take ownership of individual projects.
The ODPM said it refused to continue backing the LeGSB because further grants were unavailable and projected subscriptions to the organisation were uncertain.
The ODPM also said the Society of IT Management (Socitm), a supporter of the body, was not committed to making up any shortfall in funds.
The LeGSB team has been disbanded and the body’s website will close at the end of March.