Local councils on track to meet e-gov targets

Local authorities in England expect to meet Tony Blair’s target of delivering 100% of services online by the end of this year,...

Local authorities in England expect to meet Tony Blair’s target of delivering 100% of services online by the end of this year, according to local e-government minister Phil Hope.

The Implementing Electronic Government statements, submitted by every council in England, showed they were on track to meet the e-government target, set by the prime minister in 2000.

With this achievement, authorities are now expecting to deliver £1.2bn in efficiency savings by 2007/08, Hope said.

The average council is now 79% e-enabled and expects to meet the December 2005 target, the IEG statements showed.

"In more than 100 councils, citizens can already go online to submit planning applications, check their council tax balance and calculate their benefits entitlement," Hope said.

"Our challenge for the next 12 months is to drive through the full benefits of e-government to help build the efficient and effective local councils that our communities deserve."

The minister now expects £121m efficiency gains in 2004/05 because of local e-government. This figure would rise to £400m in 2007/08, with the introduction of e-procurement, he said.

There would be a mid-term assessment of e-government progress in July 2005, he said

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