One in three councils lag behind in e-service delivery


One in three councils lag behind in e-service delivery

James Rogers
Almost one third of local authorities must do further work on their Implementing Electronic Government (IEG) statements, according to the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions.

Officials report that the majority of statements assessed since the July submission deadline were satisfactory but said 30% of councils need to do further work. Another 6% failed to reach a satisfactory grade.

Overall, some 99% of English councils produced statements mapping out their vision for modern service delivery.

Councils that produce satisfactory IEG statements will be eligible for a share of funding worth £325m over the next two years. The money will help councils meet the Government's 2005 target for getting services online. The money will be shared between support for individual councils and national projects.

Local government minister Nick Raynsford has asked officials, local government pathfinders and agencies to work with councils not submitting statements to encourage them to have an IEG in place by the beginning of November.

"I will also expect those councils only just passing the assessment to re-examine their IEG and rectify any significant weaknesses by next year," he said.

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