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SOCITM REJECTS DRAFT LOCAL E-GOV STRATEGY

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The draft strategy for local e-government undermines Labour's target of getting all services online by 2005, accord...
The draft strategy for local e-government undermines Labour's target of getting all services online by 2005, according to the Society of IT Management.

In its formal response to the draft strategy, the society welcomed the document, but said vast areas of detail need to be changed if e-government is to be realised.

Socitm said 'crucially important messages are somewhat undermined in the document, where there is insufficient emphasis on the need to develop a local vision for e-government'.

The influential association claimed there was a bias towards technology in the draft document, published in April (LGC, 12 April), and urged the government to put more emphasis on leadership, and change, project and risk management.

However, the criticism was tempered by praise for the ethos behind the strategy. Socitm said it welcomed the reference to local priorities, which will help shape the development of e-government on a local level.
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