Local e-government minister Jim Fitzpatrick has confirmed that the transfer of work from the 22 national e-government projects to lead local authorities is on target, with almost half the projects’ products handed over.
Speaking at a House of Lords reception, Fitzpatrick denied that the government had abandoned the projects, saying the national programme had “come to the end of its allotted life”.
“We have achieved what we set out to do. We are taking seriously the closing down of legacy projects over the next six months,” he said.
Fitzpatrick said the government had taken on board local authorities’ concerns that take-up of National Project products would be low without guarantees that they would be maintained, by offering them to the lead local authorities involved in their creation.
“Today I'm pleased to announce that almost half – that is 12 of the 26 product sets – have been transferred to their new local authority owners.”
The latest three to be handed over were the National e-Procurement Project, the e-Democracy Project and e-Pay, he said.
Three projects with “the most significant potential impact” on the Gershon efficiency programme – the National e-Procurement Project, the Fame project on multi-agency working and data sharing and the Nomad project on mobile benefit assessments – would be funded for a further year, Fitzpatrick added.