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LOCAL AUTHORITY WEB SITES ARE FLOUNDERING

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A quarter of local authority web sites are so poor they need to be shut down, according to a firm of Internet consu...
A quarter of local authority web sites are so poor they need to be shut down, according to a firm of Internet consultants.

Local Government on the World Wide Web, a report by Internet consultants Centreline 2000, found that 11 out of 41 sites surveyed were bad enough to perform 'their owing authority a complete disservice' and should be disconnected from the Internet until they improve.

The report discovered that most sites failed to promote any economic development, deliver any useful information or provide any feedback capability.

Many sites were 'dull, unfinished and untended', with the worst case being a two page site which had been 'under construction' for two years.

Centreline 2000's overall winning site was run by Western Isles Council. Newcastle City Council was the style and design winner, with Liverpool and Mendip DC the runners up. St Albans DC won for content and information, followed by Wansbeck DC and Birmingham City Council.

In the case of Newcastle, the council reported significant activity at their web site from Siemens and Philips in Germany - just before both announced major new manufacturing facilities in the city.

Further extracts from the report are available on request from LGCNet. Tel 0171 833 7324/5

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