The Labour administration has breathed life back into the Tories' Government Direct initiative, which was outlined in a Green Paper last November. At today?s Queen?s Speech, the government confirmed it would continue with efforts to bring government papers and information to the masses using the Internet and interactive kiosks installed throughout the country.
Details of how the government would continue with the initiative are sketchy at the moment, according to a Cabinet Office spokesperson, but she said Labour was keen to continue discussing the scheme with private companies and may launch more projects to raise awareness.
However, funding for Government Direct is in question as the Treasury last week announced it is to reconsider the entire aspect of Private Finance Initiative (PFI). PFI requires private companies to invest their own money into public sector work and only receive payment once the project is up and running. The previous government had planned for Government Direct to be initially funded under PFI.
Government Direct aims to give the public access to government papers such as tax returns and driving licences via technology.
During her speech, the Queen said: ?My government will enhance people?s aspirations for better, more accessible and accountable public services using IT to the full.?
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