This discovery project explored the best way of allowing people moving into a council’s jurisdiction to contact the council just once to set up all their services – including council tax, bin collections, and benefits.
The current ‘move-in’ process requires residents to contact the council and tell their story multiple times. This leads to delays and hardship in some cases, for example, getting into arrears with council tax payments. This service is complex, time-consuming and costly for the resident and the council due to having to process multiple services for one individual. The discovery aimed to clarify this problem, the impact and the potential to develop a common digital approach to benefit residents and local authorities.
All Local Digital Fund Discovery projects were asked to provide the following information at completion:
- User research report
- Benefits case
- Recommendations for next steps
In April 2019, the project team submitted the following documents:
- Discovery report (PDF, 603KB)
- User research report (PDF, 212KB)
- User personas and categorised user needs (PDF, 698KB)
- User research interview question scripts (PDF, 59KB)
If you cannot access these documents, please contact the Local Digital team to receive them in an alternative format.
Each project was assessed using these lenses by the Local Digital Collaboration Unit. We have provided feedback directly to the project teams and this is a summary of what we shared with them.
It aims to be constructive for both the project team and any other organisation wishing to learn about the project or make use of the work done.
- The project team recruited users via partner local authorities only, which resulted in a small number of research participants. The team should consider making use of alternative recruiting methods in order to expand this user research and strengthen the recommendations made.
- The project team produced personas and should consider centring these personas around user needs, behaviours and digital literacy. In addition, decoupling age and disability would give confidence that these are based on user needs and not business requirements.
- The project reviewed other government sites (GOV.UK and Local Government Association) to find out what guidance they offered to users about council services that need to be contacted when moving home. The team should consider extending this research to other councils and other organisations to validate their findings about the advice available to citizens.
- The project considers a longer term vision for this work as well as smaller scale immediate actions. The project team should consider further engagement with other councils or similar projects in order to benchmark and support the economic case that is presented.