largest, local authority to become 100% e-enabled.
Government set councils the stiff challenge of achieving 100% e-enablement
of most others and ahead of most central government departments.
Because this was part of a public sector agreement with central government,
reaching it by the end of March has meant that the city council will
receive an additional£2.8m to spend on further improvements to
Stewart Stacey, deputy leader of Birmingham City Council, said:
'Services available electronically now range from paying rent, council tax
or invoices on line, to reporting abandoned vehicles, joining a Library, or
booking leisure facilities.
'Birmingham's website (www.birmingham.gov.uk) has been voted one of the top
ten council web sites in the country and the full list of services that can
now be accessed electronically is enormous. Those who prefer to phone us
can call our Contact Birmingham centre (303 1111, Minicom 303 1119).'
In addition to accessing information on council services, the city's
website also has numerous links to other services such as the NHS and the
Birmingham Grid for Learning. It also provides a useful forum for
web-based consultations on a wide range of topics.