Modernising Government

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 24th May 2002.

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Photo of Angus MacKay Angus MacKay Labour

Question S1W-26293

To ask the Scottish Executive what projects will benefit from the second round of the Modernising Government Fund.

Photo of Andy Kerr Andy Kerr Labour

The second round of the Modernising Government Fund has up to £30 million at its disposal, an increase on the first-round fund and double the amount that was originally announced. It is committed to promoting a citizen-focused approach to modernising the delivery of public services in Scotland across several key areas.

I am pleased to announce today that I have been able to provide funding of more than £16 million to support seven key public sector partnership projects, including £5.4 million to develop services to young people and a young persons smartcard, £4.7 million to support local authorities in the development of citizen-focused information systems, £1.4 million to support the NHS and local authorities to develop common social work data standards and single shared assessments and £4.9 million to help establish a national land and property database for Scotland.

Many other individual bids to the fund pursue common themes, including education services, transport services and electronic health care services. I propose to use the balance of the £30 million fund to encourage a number of these bidders to form further partnerships to pursue these themes and promote them through strategic public sector projects across Scotland.

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