Warnings that the £671m of taxpayers' money invested in getting local authorities online will result in ineffective systems are being ignored.
Jim Haslem, president of local authority user group the Society of IT Management, said that targets had encouraged local authorities to get services online, but did not ensure that they would actually be used by the public.
"I'm confident that the targets will be met, but the strategy has to be far more ambitious to deliver real benefits to users," he said.
But a Cabinet Office spokesman confirmed that the government is sticking to its original targets.
Speaking at Intellect's Local e-Government conference, Haslem insisted that the targets should also measure customer satisfaction and integration with external agencies.
Only through developing systems that are user friendly and able to link to external agencies would the systems deliver value for money, he said.
Currently around a fifth of councils are struggling with their strategy of getting online, according to Andrew Webster, acting director of public research at government watchdog the Audit Commission.
As a consequence they are concentrating on meeting targets without considering whether it would improve public access to services, he added.
"It is deeply worrying for me that there is a compliance culture," said Webster. "There needs to be a sustainable business built on improving services, not meeting targets."
Christopher Leslie, parliamentary under secretary for the Deputy Prime Minister's Office, acknowledged the need for "constant review", and promised that Douglas Alexander, the minister charged with the e-transformation of government, was "on top of it".
But without substantial changes to the strategy, some councils will fail to use the money invested to improve services.
Some councils are improving the sophistication of their online capabilities in delivering transactional capabilities, said Haslem, but he warned that there is "some way to go" before they would deliver real value to the public.
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