funding in the government's Invest to Save Budget - a programme to
help public agencies link up and deliver a more innovative, efficient
and joined-up service to their customers.
£23m, more than 45% of the total announced today, secured by councils
across the country.
Local residents in Walsall, patients in Barnsley and parents in the
Medway will be just some of the people to benefit from the new
innovative services. The fifty-one successful projects involve
councils and other public agency partners, working together to
develop joined-up services that better respond to the needs of local
Hailing their success, local government minister Hilary Armstrong
'This is excellent news for councils and their communities. Their
success illustrates that councils are already seeking innovative
alternatives to traditional approaches. It represents their
continuing commitment to a more effective, client-focused service to
'Councils are currently preparing for the introduction of best value
- a new way of delivering local services to bring year on year
improvements. The extent of today's success demonstrates that
councils are rising to this challenge and putting local people
Ms Armstrong also congratulated a further six projects led by the
department in association with partners, Driver and Vehicle Licensing
Authority, English Nature, the Health and Safety Executive and local
government to increase public access to government information and
improve customer service.
Details of the DETR-led projects are attached. Details of the 51
council-led projects are available from LGCnet. Tel 0171 833 7324/5.
1. Invest to Save Budget is a HM Treasury/Cabinet Office led
competition involving£230m over three years from 1999/2000
designed to develop projects which bring together two or more
public bodies getting together to deliver services that are more
innovative, more joined up, more responsive and more efficient.
Today's announcement concerns Round Two involving a total of
around£51m for ISB projects in England.
2. Round Two (unlike Round One, which was only open to Central
Government) was opened to local government and the NHS.
3. 229 Expressions of Interests (outlines of proposed bids) were
submitted by local authorities to the DETR (who handle the bid
assessments for local authority bids) last May, seeking an
invitation to submit a full bid. In all some 80 local authorities
submitted full bids.
4. From a total of 105 successful projects, 51 are led by local
authorities involving some£23m of funding (representing some 45%
of the total funding available in Round Two).
INVEST TO SAVE FUNDING WINNERS: DETR-LED BIDS
Dissemination of Nature Conservation Data and Information
This project will create an electronic gateway to a range of nature
conservation information and services provided by English Nature
concerned with nature conservation and environmental matters. This
will be made accessible to public and private organisations and the
general public both in the United Kingdom and internationally via the
The project will provide major benefits including easy electronic
access to nature conservation strategy and policies, scientific data,
national and international site information and a range of general
information concerning the management of nature conservation in
Funding - #48,000
Link DVLA's driver licensing service with other databases to improve
customer service and record accuracy.
This project will provide a direct link to the Passport Agency (UKPA)
database, so that applicants who have a new computerised passport
will only have to quote their passport number on their driving
licence application. A check, using the passport number, would be
made against the UKPA database in lieu of DVLA checking the identity
documents. This will means that applicants won't have to part with
their original birth certificate or passport as a means of
identification when making their application.
Funding - #366,000
Improving the effectiveness of DVLA's vehicle operations using
electronic databases, tracking and notification.
Sub-project one: Pilot system to track vehicle movements through the
When a vehicle is sold into the motor 'trade' DVLA does not have a
record of who is responsible for that vehicle or where it is until a
new keeper registers it. The police have identified that vehicles
within 'the trade' are being used to disguise stolen vehicles, a
practice known as cloning.
The first stage of this pilot will investigate the feasibility of
setting up a trade database to track vehicles from the time a keeper
sells a vehicle to a dealer until the vehicle is registered by a new
keeper. It will also assess the different technical and business
Funding - #209,000.
Sub-project two: Motor Insurers Anti-Fraud and Theft Register
There is currently a paper based system for the insurance industry to
notify DVLA of any vehicle which has been seriously damaged. This
system currently restricts the notifications to vehicles valued over
#2000 (over #1000 for motorcycles).
The purpose of this sub-project is to provide an electronic link to
the Association of British Insurers Motor Insurers' Anti Fraud and
Theft Register (MIAFTR) and replace the paper based notification
system with an electronic link. The electronic link will also enable
notifications to be made on all vehicles regardless of value.
Funding - #200,000
HSE New Incident Reporting System
This project will set up a centralised reporting system to accept and
code reports of industrial accidents, which are required to be made
by employers either to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or to
the local council. Current arrangements are that employers complete a
standard form, and send it to the appropriate HSE or local authority
office. This could be one of 500 different addresses.
Employers would be offered a single address and phone number,
irrespective of their location in the country, and the freedom to
report by telephone, internet or fax - or continue to use hard copy
forms if they wished.
Accident reporting is a statutory requirement; about 210,000 reports
are received each year by the enforcing authorities. The project is
lead by HSE, working in conjunction with local councils, and is a
major plank in HSE's contribution to the target of 25% electronic
business by 2002.
Independent research found overwhelmingly that this service was seen
as helpful to industry, and one which reduced both the legislative
and administrative burdens.
Funding - #448,000
Communicating with Local Government
The Communicating with Local Government project will give local
authorities quicker and easier access to local government-related
information from central government departments by providing a
one-stop gateway web site.
A pilot site (www.info4local.gov.uk) has been set up and it will be
developed over the next two years to give an automated and searchable
database web site. In time, an e-mail alert system connected to the
site will give local authority staff quick links from their desktops
to the latest relevant information.
Five 'partner' departments (DETR, Department of Health, Department
for Education and Employment, Department of Social Security and the
Home Office) and two other departments (Department of Trade and
Industry and the Cabinet Office) are already adding data to the web
site. The project hopes to sign up other departments and agencies
that communicate with local government to make it a truly central
resource for local authorities, covering the whole of government.
The aim is to make the delivery of information between departments
and local authorities simpler, more joined up, better quality and
more efficient - helping them to deliver policy and give a good
service to the public.
Funding: - #500,000
Best Practice on Local Authority Information and Communication
The project will develop the application of ICT to support best value
and continuous improvement of services; citizen focussed service
information; and the Central Local Information Age Forum and
Concordat, set up by the Modernising Government White Paper to
encourage innovation and co-operation between central and local
service providers. It spreads best practice from a group of
pioneering local authorities, links this with central policy makers
through the Central Local Information Age Forum, and provides a
mechanism for dissemination of best practice and practical support.
The bid is led by DETR Local Government Directorate, in association
with 8 local authorities, the Local Government Association's
Improvement and Development Agency and private sector agency CDW
Funding - #600,000