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One-third of Local Authorities may miss eGovernment Deadline

3 July 2003

A number of local councils believe they will not meet the Government's 2005 e-enablement target, according to new research.

Publishing the report today, independent market analysts Datamonitor found that some 36 per cent of local authorities were pessimistic about meeting the commitments specified in their Implementing Electronic Government statements.

Entitled "Technology Opportunities in the Public Sector", the report identifies two key issues for success: funding and guidance.

Although local authorities are endeavouring to meet the e-services deadline, they are doing so in the midst of staff cut-backs and budgetary constraints, with 92 per cent of council respondents believing adequate levels of funding was important.

However, guidance is seen as a more critical factor to success with almost three-quarters considering it "key". Interestingly, the survey reveals that local authorities do not expect to receive guidance from other councils nor central government, but from IT service providers, technology vendors and consultancies/integrators.

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