From Monday 24th September, councils can apply to the new £7.5 million fund to transform their public services through digital innovation. Grants of up to £100,000 will be available for projects, which can demonstrate that they benefit local public services and have the potential to be rolled out more widely across the country. The fund will also be used to provide digital skills training for at least 1,000 staff working on digital solutions at councils.
The ‘Local Digital Declaration’ was launched by the Government on 4th July 2018 as a joint endeavour with over 30 organisations and sets out the shared vision and commitments to collaborative working. Rishi Sunak, MP stated the importance of technology transforming public services and spoke out three key areas: needs of citizens, fixing digital plumbing & making it happen.
Local Government Minister, Rishi Sunak MP gave a speech at the LGA Annual Conference in Birmingham regarding the new sector pledge to help councils transform online services. The new initiative would change the way councils invest in technology, share expertise and ensure members of the public are receiving the best quality digital services.