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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INVASION GATHERS PACE IN CAMBRIDGESHIRE

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A new survey reveals that almost half the population of Cambridgeshire now has access to Internet and electronic in...
A new survey reveals that almost half the population of Cambridgeshire now has access to Internet and electronic information services in their own home - a massive increase in the number of people who are 'on-line' in the county.
The same survey also showed that more than half the population believed the expected impact of new technology would make it easier to deal with the County Council.
The survey of Cambridgeshire County Council's Citizens' Panel carried out in November 2000, found 45 per cent of people now had access to electronic mail and Internet at home - a previous survey in 1999 showed 31 per cent of people were on-line.
When access to electronic services at work, school, college, library or cyber café was taken into account, the number of people on-line leapt to 69 per cent - a 10 per cent increase on the previous survey finding.
Cambridgeshire County Council is committed to harnessing all the advances and advantages offered by new technology both within the organisation and to deliver a broad range of services to the public.
The authority has embarked on a wide ranging programme of improvements to its electronic systems including high speed e-mail, e-commerce and e-business systems, internet access in public libraries and schools and comprehensive information for the public on its dedicated website - www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk
County Council Chief Executive Alan Barnish, said: 'Cambridgeshire has a world-wide reputation for being at the forefront of information technology and the County Council is committed to harnessing all the advantages offered by the development of e-business, e-information and communications systems.
'We are implementing new electronic services and improving all our systems and methods of working plus ensuring all our staff have the necessary training to take full advantage of the electronic age in which we now live and work.'
The survey found that 66 per cent of people aged 17-24 felt new technology would make dealing with the County Council easier, as did 68 per cent of people aged 25-39 and 48 per cent of those in the 40-64 age group. 22 per cent of those over 65 years felt IT would make things easier.
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