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£2 billion and Still Only Less Than Half Way

English local authorities have so far spent £2 billion to reach less than halfway towards their overall plans for eGovernment, according to a new report by public sector business intelligence specialists eGov monitor.

Detailed analysis of eGovernment progress reports submitted by every English council has found that with a current stated budget of £1.2 bn now left to achieve Whitehall's current targets for e-enabling all services by 2005, a demanding workload still lies ahead for local government to complete. The challenging timescales that councils have set themselves for this complex task will require many crucial eGovernment projects to be pushed through at break-neck speed.

At this rate, the local eGovernment programme risks failure against its objectives unless Whitehall relaxes its centrally-driven e-targets enough to open up the way for councils to give greater attention to their local priorities.

The finding comes from eGov monitor’s analysis of all of the Implementing Electronic Government (IEG3) Statements which councils in England submitted to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister late last year, showing how billions of pounds of local government investment in technology is being put to use.

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