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Councils More Confident on E-Targets

23 September 2003

Almost half of local authorities in England are confident or very confident of achieving the Prime Minister's 2005 e-enablement target, according to research released by the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA).

A fifth of the councils surveyed, representating around 78 authorities, said they did not feel confident they would meet the Government's deadline for bringing all their services online.

Around one-third of all e-champion councils took part in the survey, with just 43 per cent of those questioned regarding support from central government as "very important or essential", particularly in co-ordinating standards. Around two-thirds of local authorities felt that government action on standards was key to their achieving the 2005 target and only a quarters considering skills, or support for struggling councils, as being of similar importance.

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