Shortlist out for Local Government IT excellence awards

Six local authorities have been chosen as the shortlist for this year's Local Government IT Excellence Awards.

Six local authorities have been chosen as the shortlist for this year's Local Government IT Excellence Awards.

They include Blackpool Council, Derbyshire County Council, Kirklees Council, the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, North Lanarkshire Council and Wolverhampton Arts and Museum Service.

The awards aim to recognise and highlight the use of best practice in local government and the innovative use of technology to deliver public services.

Potential winners include Blackpool's new approach to serving customers, which combines customer relationship management and enterprise case management, and has saved £2m.

Hammersmith and Fulham are using data gathered about their residents to improve services, and Derbyshire has put 65,000 historic images of the town on the internet for residents to use.

The short-listed entrants will now make presentations to a panel of judges, and the finalists will be announced later this month.

Previous winners include West Lothian council, which improved children's services by boosting communication between different agencies.

The awards are run by Intellect, Socitm and SOLACE, and are sponsored by Ericom Software Ltd.

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