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Joint standards site hits total 7000 ...
Joint standards site hits total 7000

A website designed by two councils to allow consumers and businesses to report rogue traders has received over 7,000 hits since its launch in December.

Northamptonshire CC and Leicestershire CC trading standards services developed the site with support from the Department of Trade & Industry modernisation fund.

It allows people to make anonymous calls about unscrupulous traders. The information is then collected and passed on to councils around the country.

The project is being funded through a£10m DTI initiative on trading standards.

Phil Hurford, head of inspection services at Leicestershire CC, said: 'The number of notifications [of illegal trading practices] we have received is over 50. They include a variety of trades including builders, counterfeit CDs and DVDs, rogue car dealers, unsafe electrical goods and furniture, and premium-rate telephone lines.'

He said the information would help councils identify rogue traders in their areas, while contributing to the wider research project on using the internet as a trading standards enforcement tool.

Lewisham files shift to swift

Lewisham LBC has transferred over 1.4 million electronic files from its social services division to a new information system called Swift.

Data on 75,000 clients and 300,000 related people - including carers, GPs and relatives - has been moved to the system, supplied by Anite Public Sector.

Lewisham says the move from the old Unix-based system to Swift will enable professionals across disciplines to share client records.

Peter Harrison, Lewisham's

e-government development manager for social care and health, said the system was easy to use and compatible with other IT systems.

He said: 'The new system provides us with a modern-day business system for use by all staff, to better support service delivery, planning and information management.'

Comino system gets new user

Midlothian Council has moved management of its revenue and benefits department documents over to an integrated system supplied by Comino.

The new system allows for scanning, storing and retrieving document images with integrated workflow facilities. Previously the majority of files were stored on paper-based files.

Comino specialises in IT solutions for local government, housing associations and occupational pension schemes and has three other Scottish councils among its clients.

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