Finalists announced in the e-Government National Awards 2007

The prime minister's e-Petitions operation is up for an e-government award.

The prime minister's e-Petitions operation is up for an e-government award.

The shortlist for the e-Government National Awards 2007 has now been finalised. On 5 November the 81 names of the finalists were published.

The awards set out to highlight the UK's most effective services that improve citizen and business transaction with councils, central government departments and other public sector organisations.

Councils, central government departments, non-departmental public bodies and voluntary organisations are all represented in the selection.

A key theme in this year's finalists list is social inclusion, and innovations that help the disadvantaged.

This year's 527 nominations were judged by senior professionals working across the public sector, including CIO John Suffolk, who is based at Cabinet Office.

The winners will be announced and presented with their e-Government National Awards on January 22.

The pick of this year's nominations includes Talking Bus Stops for Brighton and Hove's blind and visually impaired Leicester's an Online Job Shop and Beds Police's BlackBerry mobile solution for front line officers.

"Technology is bringing an ever increasing range of benefits to the public. Central government has a key role to play to ensure the provision of services fits around the diverse needs and lifestyles of our customers," said Gillian Merron, Cabinet Office Minister with responsibility for Transformational Government.

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