Councils wait to see real benefits of Gateway

Despite its apparent international popularity, the Government Gateway is still some way from delivering real benefits to UK local...

Despite its apparent international popularity, the Government Gateway is still some way from delivering real benefits to UK local authorities, says Katherine Kerswell, chief executive of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.

"But there appears to be a willingness to make it happen," she said at last week's Microsoft Government Leaders' Conference in Seattle. "The national applications offered by the gateway will have to be linked in locally."

Cabinet Office officials said that the new release of the gateway, expected in June, will help to bring central and local government closer together.

E-envoy Andrew Pinder revealed last week that the core technology model behind the gateway had been sold by Microsoft to another country, which will earn the government royalties worth about 24% of sales revenue.

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