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PUBLIC SECTOR MANAGERS PESSIMISTIC ABOUT REACHING E-GOVERNMENT TARGETS

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A study by The Henley Centre, the forecaster, and MORI, the polling group, has found that only a quarter of local a...
A study by The Henley Centre, the forecaster, and MORI, the polling group, has found that only a quarter of local authority and NHS managers are confident of meeting government targets to make all public services electronically accessible by 2005.

The Financial Times (p2) reports that concerns about insufficient funding, lack of skills and the need to concentrate on more urgent priorities threaten progress.

The study, commissioned by British Telecommunications, says that while 77% of managers leading the government's IT drive in Whitehall believe they would reach the target, 'confidence falls away sharply among those at the coalface'.

In the health sector only 26% of managers expressed confidence and in local government, 27%.

But Mike Blackburn, BT local and regional government's head of marketing, said the research demonstrated support for the concept of e-government among managers and the public. He said he believed the deadline could be met.'
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