Log on to chase up children

4th November 2005 at 00:00
Parents will be able to check online whether their child is truanting under plans published this week to transform the welfare state through technology.

A strategy paper by John Hutton - the former Cabinet Office minister who took over at work and pensions following the resignation of former education secretary David Blunkett - advocates greater use of mobile phones, interactive digital TV and the internet to deliver more convenient public services.

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