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MARKET FORCES BY RHIDIAN WYNN DAVIES, LGC'S DEPUTY EDITOR

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A quarter of the public sector will miss online deadline. ...
A quarter of the public sector will miss online deadline.

More than a quarter of public sector organisations will miss the government's key online service delivery target, according to a survey by CIPFA and Zurich Municipal Management Services.

The survey of senior public sector finance managers, carried out to coincide with last week's CIPFA annual conference, also reveals concerns about the readiness of organisations to tackle the risks associated with e-government.

The survey's key findings are:

- 29% of respondents said their organisation would not meet the government's target for all front-line services to be available online by 2005.

- 71% of organisations said people cannot currently access the majority of their services electronically

- 39% said their organisation was not actively reviewing the risks associated with the extended use of technology.

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Cory cleans up at MK

Cory Environmental has landed a seven-year cleansing and refuse collection deal with Milton Keynes Council.

The contract, worth a total of around£40m, begins in October. It sees Cory's municipal services wing take over from previous contractor Shanks.

Shanks Waste Solutions will continue its existing waste disposal contract with Milton Keynes for a further seven years, in addition to another seven-year deal covering the management and transportation of waste from household waste and recycling centres.

Synergy, the council's DSO, will continue as the contractor for the removal of abandoned vehicles for seven years.

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Cedar grows

Software company Cedar saw its operating profits almost double to£6.3m last year.

The firm's preliminary results for the year to 31 March also show total turnover increased by 58% to£36.3m.

Cedar is looking to expand in the local government market, particularly in the call centre field. Clients include Manchester City Council.

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CDB follows Tradition

City Deposit Brokers, one of the most familiar names in the council money broking market, will be known as Tradition from 1 July.

The Tradition group, which is headquartered in Switzerland, has owned CDB since 1981 and the company now feels the time is right to bring it under the Tradition banner.

CDB's cash management service will use the name City Deposit Cash Managers from 1 July.

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Reeve error

Last week's Market forces story on credit rating wrongly described Derek Reeve as Huntingdonshire DC's director of finance and information systems. Mr Reeve holds this post at Kensington & Chelsea LBC.

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