11 June 2003
Pioneering e-initiatives by London boroughs won national awards yesterday for their innovative use of technology.
The eWell-Being Awards presented accolades to Newham Council and a joint project involving the London Boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, to recognise their use of ICT in delivering better public services.
Newham received the eGovernment award for its Choice Based Lettings project, which enables social housing applicants to choose their homes via the web. Judges said of the project: "This well-received project has dramatically improved an important, but often overlooked, council service. It is delivering a fairer, more accessible and more efficient choice-based lettings service to the residents of East London, built on a strong local partnership."
Also commended in the eGovernment category was the New Technology in Elderly Care project, which links electronic equipment and devices to existing systems of care to promote independent in older people living in the community. The research project was undertaken by the Charing Cross Hospital's Department of Medicine for the elderly, in conjuction with Imperial College, London, and took place in Hammersmith and Fulham, and Ealing London Boroughs.
The awards were announced at a ceremony at London's GLA Building.
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