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The local government IT managers' organisation has called for talks with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister after a consultation document, Defining E-Government Priority Services and Transformation Outcomes, set out plans for compulsory national targets to be adopted by all councils.
Socitm wants councils to be able to determine their own local priorities as they work towards the 2005 e-government deadline. Glyn Evans, chairman of Socitm's Information Age Group, said, "In the past, you could set your own plans, which reflected local priorities. We are seeking an early meeting with the ODPM to discuss all the implications in some detail."
Evans warned that the Whitehall proposals have come at a critical time in councils' e-government efforts. "Now we are being told exactly what to do, halfway through the programme, which is going to cause major problems all round."