Finance News: Home Office makes IT money available for service delivery

The Home Office has made £60,000 available to help voluntary organisations take advantage of IT and communications technologies.

The grant has been given to the Net:Gain consortium, which represents 1,500 UK online and Learndirect centres. UK online centres, which are located in libraries, job centres or charities such as Foyer, offer IT advice and internet use to the general public.

The new support service will aim to identify areas where technology could improve service delivery, develop action plans with organisations for development and training, and provide ongoing support.

The scheme is a result of the Treasury's review of voluntary sector public service delivery, which argued that charities were lagging behind other sectors of the economy in the effective use of IT.

Carolyn Hayman, chief executive of the Foyer Federation, said: "This is an exciting opportunity to further develop the role of Foyer UK online and Learndirect centres to provide valuable support to local voluntary and community organisations."

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