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Majority of Councils Set to Meet 2005 e-Government Target

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

19 December 2002

Local Government Minister Chris Leslie today announced that almost all of the Implementing Electronic Government statements submitted by councils have met the Government's requirements.

Submission of a satisfactory IEG2 statment entitles each council to an additional £200,000 next year to take forward their plans for eGovernment. Only six per cent did not achieve the required standard, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) said.

According to the ODPM, analysis of this year’s IEG statements shows marked progress on last year, with 39% of services now being ‘e-enabled’, or online.

The recent IEG statements are said to show that councils expect to make 49% of services available electronically by March 2003 – up from 29% last year - and 100% by December 2005.

Mr Leslie commented: “I would now like to see more councils taking advantage of national initiatives such as the Government Gateway, or the recently announced Local e-Government National Projects. Some councils have taken a strong lead in developing plans to encourage the take up of the new online forms of service, but there is still much work to be done to ensure all services are e-enabled and are provided in ways that people will use. This will be our biggest challenge over the next three years.”

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