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Beacon Applications Rocket

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

1 October 2002

The Beacon Council Scheme, the Government's initiative for identifying and spreading best practice in local government, has received 186 applications for Round Four: a 42 per cent increase on last year.

Round Four includes themes include encouraging online access to local services (Inclusion through Information Communications Technology).

Applications will now be assessed by an independent advisory panel who will draw up a shortlist of councils. All shortlisted councils will be visited as part of the selection process and asked to present examples of best practice directly to the advisory panel.

Ministers will make their final selection in April 2003, based on the advice of the panel.

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