Pioneer councils form e-government best practice group

The Government has formed an elite group of 10 local authorities in a bid to identify the key national issues threatening...

The Government has formed an elite group of 10 local authorities in a bid to identify the key national issues threatening progress towards its 2005 target for full online services.

The Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (DTLR) has chosen 10 leading councils to form a team that will identify national infrastructure issues surrounding Tony Blair's targets and improve the spread of best practice.

Robin Carsberg, president of the Society of IT Management (Socitm) and IT director at Braintree Council, one of the chosen local authorities, welcomed the move.

"This is recognition of the fact that dissemination of values from pathfinder councils has proved very difficult and [has] not had the right results," he told CW360.com.

The Government has spent tens of millions of pounds supporting pathfinder IT projects, which were supposed to pioneer e-government best practice.

A key focus of the new team of pioneer councils will be developing and sharing best practice in procuring e-government solutions, said Carsberg.

The other councils joining Braintree are Cambridgeshire, Kingston-upon-Hull, Ipswich, Kirklees, Lewisham, Luton, North Yorkshire, Selby and Three Rivers.

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