today as Mo Mowlam, minister for the cabinet office and Andrew Smith,
chief secretary announced that 104 innovative and imaginative
projects from around the country had won up to£60m from the
A multi-media information and advice service for 14-25 year olds
and a motor trade database to track the movement of vehicles between
motor dealers and notify dealers of scrapped vehicles were among the
pioneering winning projects.
The£230m Invest to Save Budget is aimed at providing support
for projects that involve two or more public bodies getting together
to deliver services that are innovative, joined up, locally
responsive and more efficient. This, the second round of the Invest
to Save Budget arrangements, includes bids for funds from local
authorities and health authorities, among others.
Mo Mowlam said:
'This government is committed to delivering more innovative,
joined-up and locally responsive services.
'Last year we published our vision for a radical modernisation of
government. A key part of that vision is delivering services
organised around individuals' needs rather than around the
convenience of those providing the service.
'The Invest to Save Budget is playing a key part in achieving this.
The projects we are announcing today, along with those we are already
funding from the first round, are practical examples of what we mean
by modern public services. They demonstrate our commitment to making
life easier for the public by designing services which reflect
people's real lives. And by opening up the competition to the wider
public sector this year, the potential for developing effective
partnerships has been enhanced even more. This can only strengthen
the drive for better public services.'
Other winning projects announced today are:
- a pilot scheme to establish a multi-agency team to respond to
instances of anti-social behaviour
- a community website offering legal information and advice in seven
- a new videoconferencing link between a prison and a hospital in
Greenwich to improve prison healthcare
Andrew Smith said:
'This initiative is about kickstarting new and imaginative ways of
delivering improved services to the public. Competition has been
keen but the major beneficiaries are the public service users
themselves who will see better, higher quality services as a result.'
Many of the winning projects will make innovative use of IT to help
public services share information and to give customers better access
to information and advice.
Alex Allan, the government's new e-envoy, welcomed the way in which
public services have embraced new information technology:
'Public services must take advantage of the information age
revolution to make sure that everyone gets better, more convenient
access to facilities that are tailored to individual needs. Many of
the projects announced today demonstrate the entrepreneurial and
innovative spirit in which people across the public sector are using
IT to do just that.'
1. The Invest to Save Budget (ISB) is managed by the treasury, in
consultation with the cabinet office. This is the second round of
the ISB. A third round is planned which will start in the spring.
2.£230m is available over the period 1999-00 to 2001-02.
Round One was restricted to central government departments and their
agencies. The second round has been opened up to local authorities,
police and fire authorities, health authorities, non-departmental
public bodies and public corporations as well.
3. Bids are assessed by an official committee, chaired by the
Treasury and on which the cabinet office is represented. Bids are
assessed using a pre-determined set of criteria. The official
committee makes recommendations to the chief secretary to the
treasury who makes the final decision on the winners after consulting
with the minister for the cabinet office.
4. Winning projects have to agree an implementation plan with the
treasury and the cabinet office. Each project has to provide
six-monthly progress reports and carry out an evaluation of its
success once it has been completed. Projects running for longer than
a year also have to carry out an interim evaluation exercise.
5. The impact of Round One, as a whole, is currently the subject of
an external research project being carried out by Segal Quince
Wicksteed Ltd. The project will look at, amongst other things, the
success or otherwise of different types of partnership working; the
contribution of ISB-funded projects to the dissemination of good
practice; and the effectiveness of the ISB bidding and monitoring
6. The projects mentioned in this press notice are:
- A new Community Legal Service website being developed by the lord
- A partnership between Greenwich NHS Trust and Belmarsh prison to
improve prison healthcare with videoconferencing and diagnostic
- An information & advice service for 14-25 year olds, run by 16 -
25 year olds, which is being developed by Worcestershire CC
- A scheme being piloted by Southwark LBC to
develop a multi-agency approach to tackling anti-social behaviour
- A database system being developed by DVLA to track the movement of
7. A list of the winning projects is available from LGCnet. Tel 0171 833 7324/5.
8. Alex Allan has been appointed as the government's first e-envoy,
reporting directly to the prime minister. He will also report on a
day-to-day basis through Patricia Hewitt and Ian McCartney. His role
- to galvanise business in the UK to face up to the challenges of
- to provide strategic input into the development of e-government
- to promote the UK's e-commerce strategy abroad
- to ensure that the benefits of e-commerce are spread throughout
- to co-ordinate all the government actions recommended in the