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ODPM Websites Launched to Boost Communications

Magazine article Public Finance

ODPM Websites Launched to Boost Communications

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The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has launched a series of websites aimed at improving Whitehall's communications with its regional partners and the public.

The move follows criticism that central communications with and between regional government partners has been inadequate. The new system is also designed to reduce Whitehall's IT costs.

ODPM officials confirmed that the new 'content management system', developed by private firm Mediasurface, went live on September 5. The system has 11 directly linked websites that include a national 'entry site', nine regional Government Office sites and the Regional Co-Ordination Unit's site.

The RCU was set up in 2000 to help Whitehall co-ordinate its regional policy work and local delivery of those policies. It also feeds back the views of regional partners to the ODPM when Whitehall is formulating policy.

Ian Jones, head of communications at the RCU, said a major aim of the reformed system was to prevent the widespread duplication at a regional level of material that had a national focus. …

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