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FUNDING REFOCUSED TO FAVOUR BIDS FOR ONLINE SERVICE DELIVERY

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At least half of the third round of the Treasury's Invest to Save Budget will be allocated to bids based on project...
At least half of the third round of the Treasury's Invest to Save Budget will be allocated to bids based on projects involving the electronic delivery of services.

ISB, which offers funding to projects bringing together two or more public sector bodies to deliver services more efficiently, is worth£47m in 2001-02.

Guidance for bids in round three has changed substantially from last year. In addition to preference being given to projects involving electronic service

delivery, two other types of schemes will be viewed favourably:

Projects with a citizen focus which build service delivery around the needs of particular user groups or 'life events'.

Projects which tackle the root causes of social problems, such as drug abuse and social exclusion, rather than just dealing with the symptoms.

Councils won more than 45% of funding available under ISB last year and the DETR is keen for as many councils as possible to submit bids this year.

At the initial stage of round three, councils will be restricted to submitting one expression of interest as a lead partner and one other expression of interest as a junior partner.

There will be no bar on both projects winning funding. The deadline for submitting expressions of interest is 30 June.

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