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Councils to set future online standards

The government has invited local councils to tender for the right to develop model e-government initiatives in a £25m proposal.

Between 15 and 20 councils are expected to be given the opportunity to set up as ‘e-government pathfinder authorities’, role models for delivering government services electronically.

In a joint letter with Local Government Association chairman Sir Jeremy Beecham, and local government minister Hilary Armstrong said:

‘Our aim is to identify between 15-20 pathfinders to develop e-government initiatives and to be a centre of expertise from which all local government can learn.’

The pathfinders are to provide easily accessible local services outside of normal working hours via PC, digital television and WAP services.

In addition, they will provide citizens, within the council, access to the internet and e-mail at their local library, and introduce smart cards for public transport, school meals and to validate transactions such as online voting.

Funding for the project is to be increased in 2002/3 and 2003/4 when it will climb to Pounds 135m and Pounds 190m respectively.

The closing date for expressions of interest is 5 March.

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