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.