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£60M FOR PIONEERING PUBLIC SERVICE PROJECTS - AWARD WINNERS OF THE 2ND ROUND OF THE INVEST TO SAVE BUDGET

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New and exciting ways of delivering public services were rewarded ...
New and exciting ways of delivering public services were rewarded

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

Invest to Save Budget.

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

languages

- 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.'

NOTES

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

process.

6. The projects mentioned in this press notice are:

- A new Community Legal Service website being developed by the lord

chancellor's department

- A partnership between Greenwich NHS Trust and Belmarsh prison to

improve prison healthcare with videoconferencing and diagnostic

equipment

- 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

vehicles.

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

is five-fold:

- to galvanise business in the UK to face up to the challenges of

e-commerce

- 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

society

- to co-ordinate all the government actions recommended in the

'e-commerce@its.best.uk' report

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