London authorities agree online link-up and to share services

The Greater London Authority and London Development Agency have joined forces in a bid to integrate their online activities through a single London Portal website.

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The Greater London Authority and London Development Agency have joined forces in a bid to integrate their online activities through a single London Portal website.

The two public bodies have agreed a shared service arrangement – combining their procurement processes – for a content management system that will also allow London boroughs to buy into the service at a discount.

The two London-wide authorities have selected Amaze to implement the new content management system and deliver the new website in a £1.1m deal.

David Munn, head of the GLA’s technology group said: “This is an important step towards consolidating a vast range of information and services that are provided on the internet.

“This is the beginning of the process, but we have a real opportunity to develop the london.gov.uk website to deliver a one-stop-shop for all Londoners and visitors.”

The move dovetails with wider public sector initiatives to consolidate online services and information onto fewer websites.

The government has axed 551 websites as part of its Transformational Government strategy – which emphasises the importance of shared services to boost efficiency and improve service to the public – consolidating on the popular Directgov and Businesslink portals.


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