Don't ignore us, gov CIO is warned

Socitm has criticised the outgoing e-envoy for failing to consult sufficiently with local authorities.

Socitm has criticised the outgoing e-envoy for failing to consult sufficiently with local authorities. It is seeking reassurance from the new head of e-government that he will not overlook the role of local councils in delivering online services.

Chris Guest, president of the local authority IT managers organisation, has written an open letter to the head of e-government Ian Watmore calling for him to recognise the contribution of local government, which delivers 80% of public services.

The letter said, "There are many examples, including the Government Gateway and UK Online, where the research, and subsequently the products and policies emerging from the Office of the E-Envoy, have taken into account neither the delivery of services locally, nor the needs or budgets of local authorities, compromising e-service delivery to a huge section of the public."

Guest expressed scepticism as to whether these hopes would be realised, noting that "the advertisements for your job did not once mention the words 'local government' and in the announcement of your appointment, while private and voluntary sectors are referred to as 'partners', reference to local government is solely in the context of IT architecture and systems integration."

Socitm wants Watmore to tackle the differing timescales and priorities that have been set for different parts of government and legislative issues which are impeding information sharing.

A Cabinet Office spokesman said, "We cannot comment until Watmore takes up his post in September."
This was last published in June 2004

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