Friday, 5 February 2010

‘Silver surfer’ is first Leeds resident to use blue badge web form

A 71 year old man from Leeds has become the first resident to apply for a blue badge parking pass using the council’s website.

Within a few minutes of the new on line application process being launched, the pensioner had logged on and completed the electronic form.

The step-by-step process has been designed to be easy to follow and involves either typing in information or selecting options using the mouse.

It takes as little as 15 minutes to complete.

The blue badge application is just one of a number of things that can now be done using the council’s website.

They include calculating likely benefits, booking a sports venue, joining the library, renewing the Leeds Card and settling a parking fine.

But, by far the most popular facility is the ability to pay money to the council such as council tax, business rates and housing rent bills.

In the last 12 months more than £6.5 million pounds worth of bills were paid electronically on the leeds.gov.uk site.

Councillor Richard Brett, joint leader and executive board member with responsibility for the council’s website said:

“The fact that someone was using our site to apply for their blue badge within minutes of the application going live, shows there’s an obvious demand for web based tools like this.

“Electronic forms and payments are a quick, easy and secure way of doing business with the council and many Leeds residents tell us they prefer it.

“Being able to process these transactions is also cheaper for the council and ultimately helps keep council tax bills low.”

ENDS
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Andy Carter, Leeds City Council (0113) 395 0393
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