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Downing Street has savaged a report from Forrester Research which claims that the UK's e-government strategy simply isn't up to scratch.

The report - part of an in-depth study by Forrester - claims the Government is "failing to make the grade" and is jeopardising £3.7 billion in cost savings.

It believes the Government doesn't have the expertise to put its services online and will need to recruit the help of the private sector to do so.

Forrester analyst, Caroline Sceats, said: "All government agencies suffer from gaps in knowledge and understanding, and the inability to implement innovative services is holding the government back.

"By mid-2002, the government will drop the go-it-alone strategy, opening up business processes and service opportunities to new partners.

However, a Downing Street spokesman told The Register that the Government was confident that it would get all its services online by 2005.

"We don't think it [the report] is very valid," he said, explaining that it contained a number of "wild guesses".

He also questioned the figures and conclusions of the report adding that it was of "little use".

"This report demonstrates little awareness of what is happening in Government," he said. ®

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