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IT excellence award to West Lothian

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West Lothian Community Health & Care Partnerships' 'C-Me' project has been named as the winner of the Local Government IT Excellence Awards 2006, organised by local authority IT managers organisation Socitm and sponsored by Computer Weekly.

Organised by Intellect, SOCITM and SOLACE, and now in their eleventh year, the awards, sponsored by Intellect member companies Dell and Ericom, seek to highlight the use of best practice in local government and how IT has been used both effectively and innovatively to deliver Best Value public services. C-Me was selected from 29 nominees de to its scope and the clear and measurable benefits it offered to citizens, public sector bodies and practitioners. This project was developed to improve the delivery of services to the children of West Lothian through the development of a shared information system between West Lothian Council Social Services, NHS Lothian, West Lothian Education Schools and Services, Lothian and Borders Police and the Scottish Children's Reporters Office. The award was announced at the Socitm local government IT manager's organisation conference in Harrogate on October 3, 2006. Runner up was Hertfordshire County Council's eAdmissions scheme. The eAdmissions scheme is a successful national project which is delivering a new e-Service. From September 2006, citizens in England have been able to apply for their child's school place online.

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