For several years now, esd-toolkit at www.esd-toolkit.org has maintained the list of services accepted as the standard for defining local authority outputs and measuring electronic service delivery, and other lists that come under the same control mechanisms. These lists provide different ways of grouping services.
The family of lists helps local authorities share resources with one another and with external bodies. So work carried out by one authority or centrally can be more readily accessed by other authorities.
All lists are made available freely at www.esd.org.uk/standards and third parties are encouraged to adopt them in dealing with councils. A number of suppliers registered with www.esd.org.uk/suppliers use the controlled lists. Local authorities can manipulate lists and store/reference more detailed information that is cross-referenced with each through the esd-toolkit Web site.
This site provides a brief introduction to each list, gives reasons for using the lists and describes how they are managed.