About Local Digital

Local Digital is a nationwide movement to support the delivery of excellent digital local public services, established by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

We are doing this in 3 ways:

  1. Establishing the Local Digital team within the digital directorate at MHCLG. This team supports the sector to work together to solve common problems by providing expertise in user research, communications and delivery.
  2. Co-publishing the Digital Declaration with our partners. This is a shared ambition for the future of local public services, written by a collective of local authorities, sector bodies and government departments. It outlines our shared goals and commitments, and it invites all organisations working to improve local services to join in by signing up.
  3. Launching an innovation fund of £7.5 million for councils to bid for. This will be used by local authorities to develop common solutions to their shared challenges.

Our roadmap

January 2018

Engagement with stakeholders

MHCLG and GDS began consultation workshops with councils, sector bodies, departments and some suppliers to agree how best to support council digital transformation. They agreed to write a shared Local Digital Declaration and set up a new delivery team in MHCLG to support the Declaration mission.

June 2018

Local digital roadshows kick off

The local digital roadshows started with events in London and Bristol.

July 2018

Minister launched the local digital programme

At the LGA conference, the Minister for Local Government, Rishi Sunak, launched the local digital programme, announced his commitment to the Local Digital Declaration, and committed £7.5 million in funding.

August 2018

Declaration sign-up opened

Organisations are now able to sign-up to the Local Digital Declaration. Sign-up includes making a commitment that fits with the principles of the Declaration.

Event sharing service launched

We opened a web page to share and find digital-related local government events in a central hub.  

September 2018

Local Digital Team at LocalGovCamp

The Local Digital Team shared plans for opening applications for the £7.5 million fund at the LocalGovCamp unconference in Birmingham. 

Expression of interest opened for funding
24 September – 5 October

Public sector organisations were able to submit an expression of interest in working on a collaborative project to be funded as part of the Local Digital Fund.   

Expression of interest evaluation
6 – 12 October

The Local Digital Team evaluated the expression of interests.

October - November 2018

Local Digital Fund applications stage
16 October – 15 November

Local authorities that had their expressions of interest approved were able to apply for funding. This stage is now closed.

December 2018

Funding decision announcement

The successful applicants will be informed by 3 December.

There will be a kick-off workshop in London on 13 December.

Early 2019

Project development

Successful applicants will collaborate to develop their projects. There are different deadlines for discovery and alpha projects.

Discovery projects: outputs delivered March 2019
Alpha projects: outputs delivered April 2019

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