Britains to go Online

by Wendy Wan

Under new plans by Prime Minister Gordon Brown every person in Britain would be online with their personalised website, saving billions of pounds by creating a paperless state. 

With the new scheme online transactions are proposed for everything from claiming benefits, paying the council tax and even passport applications.

The proposed plan is to be rolled out over the next 4 years and may risk thousands of public sector workers at risk of redundancy.  Union leaders and privacy experts have also warned of major concerns over privacy, data protection and fraud. 

However, huge savings are expected by phasing out call centres and benefit offices, as well as reducing the cost of postal services and telephone calls.

It is hoped that the personalised websites will be introduced for every person in Britain within a year of the sheme being launched.

Gordon Brown is expected to unveil the new plans tomorrow.