Local Digital Q&A

Got a question about the Local Digital Declaration? Check below for the answer.

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The Local Digital Declaration

Q. What is the mechanism for a Local Authority to sign up to the Local Digital Declaration?

A. We’re building a sign-up service which will be added to this website. We’ll tell everyone when it’s ready in blogs and through our newsletter. You can register for this newsletter here.

Q. How do small councils with limited development resource get the most out of the initiative

A. Over the summer we’re engaging with the sector to get ideas on how to ensure we benefit all kinds of council. We’re aiming to fund projects that aspire to solve common problems in open and scalable ways. So, even councils that aren’t involved in one of these early exemplars should benefit from the outcomes of funded projects. If you register for our newsletter, you’ll be the first to learn of opportunities to influence our plans and apply.

The Local Digital Team and ways of working

Q. Will the Local Digital Team take some lead in coordinating standards?

A. We’re very keen to support the move to common standards for local services by. 1) highlighting existing standards that work, and 2) helping to develop a better ‘ecosystem’ for creating truly open standards where they don’t yet exist. We believe in ‘learning by doing’, so we aim to define our role in supporting standards development as the projects we support require.

Q.Will you be holding any more roadshows?

A. Yes, we hope to hold a series of roadshows at least twice a year. If you have a suitable space and would like to co-host a roadshow event please contact us.

Q. How will MHCLG help local government upskill to deliver the Declaration ambition?

A. We currently have 2 ways of doing this. Firstly, we will deliver and fund exemplar digital projects that we’ll document and showcase to help others learn from them. We’ll run roadshows at least twice a year, and share all lessons and plans on this website. Secondly, we will fund leadership and digital project delivery training – initially for successful Local Digital funded projects. We’re still designing this offer and we’ll be consulting with the sector on it during August.

The £7.5 million fund

Q. When will bidding be open for the £7.5 million innovation fund?

A. We’re designing the fund over the summer with a view to opening the application process this Autumn. We’ll share application launch plans and guidance through our newsletter, which you can subscribe to.

Digital leadership course

Q. When do you envisage the new Digital Leadership course becoming available and how is the content being shaped/influenced/co-designed?

A. We’ll share our plans for this as they develop, and hope to announce the leadership support offer when we open the call for Local Digital Fund applications. We’re talking to SOLACE, LGA, GDS Academy and others to inform the curriculum. We also ran some workshops to inform during our July roadshow event, and we’ll have further opportunities to influence this to make sure it best meets local authority needs in August. We’ll announce these using our newsletter and this website. training design after our local authority roadshow workshops.

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