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Leslie: National Strategy will Drive Forward Local eGovernment

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

27 November 2002

The Government has today unveiled the new national strategy for local eGovernment.

Launching the strategy at a London conference today, Local Government Minister Chris Leslie announced that £675 million would be invested by 2005/06 to support the move towards eGovernment.

The funding will targeted to support councils’ infrastructure and capacity to deliver eGovernment, promote joint approaches across the public sector and develop common solutions that councils can use to deliver local improvements more quickly and cheaply.

The Minister said: “This strategy will provide a framework to transform council services, joining them up with other public services and offering greater choice, convenience and accessibility for customers – and greater cost-effectiveness for councils.

“We want to see councils harness the power of eGovernment to engage people, to increase participation in how councils run their services and lead their communities.”

A new website has been created to help and guide councils in implementing local eGovernment.

Read the announcement in full

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