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The government made a “digital pledge” backed by £7.5 million of government funding in July 2018 to help councils transform their digital services in line with the Local Digital Declaration. Local Government Minister Rishi Sunak announced the initiative to help change the way councils invest in technology, share expertise and ensure members of the public are receiving the best quality digital services.
This funding, available for the financial years 2018-19 to 2019-20, will be split into 2 streams:
This part of the fund will be used to support councils with digital projects that can be used by others, maximising efficiency savings and moving us towards common data standards and common patterns.
There is a 2-step application process for local authorities and central government organisations to submit proposals for projects to be funded. Expressions of interest in the fund will open on Monday 24 September 2018. The deadline for full applications is 4pm on 15 November 2018.
Digital skills training
This part of the fund will be designed to build capacity in:
the sector’s leadership, helping them to lead the transition to interoperable local digital services
the sector’s IT and service delivery community, helping them to learn by doing GDS-style service design and delivery