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£14m for E-Innovations

17 September 2003

Councils are to be invited to bid for a share of £14 million of central government funding to develop a new tranche of innovative e-service delivery projects.

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister announced on 16 September details of the areas targeted under the first round of e-innovations funding, which forms part of £675m earmarked to support local eGovernment up to 2005/06.

Local Government Minister Phil Hope said the funding would be directed towards "cutting edge" schemes which look beyond the 2005 eGovernment target.

The target areas for projects are named as:

  • E-Learning
    Sharing information and good practice, staff development and better use of eGovernment to improve services.
  • Bridging the Digital Divide
    Using eGovernment to reach people who are socially excluded
  • Emergent technology for better government
    Innovative use of technology to improve services
  • Local authority e-business
    Better use of technology to improve internal business in councils.

Further details of the application process will be made available by the Deputy Prime Minister's Office shortly.

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