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Releasing up to 389 Local Digital Fund proposals

This has been an important, madly busy week for our new Local Digital Collaboration Unit. In just a 2-week period, we received 389 unique expressions of interest in running collaborative Local Digital Fund projects from 171 organisations. Taking open to the whole next level, our next next task is to publish the whole lot on our website.

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The Local Digital Fund opens for applications

In this blog post, Local Government Minister Rishi Sunak announces the launch of the Local Digital Fund and outlines the application process. The fund will be used to enable local councils to work together on a digital project, as well as to enhance the digital capability of local teams.

Rishi Sunak MP announcing the Local Digital Declaration at the LGA Conference in July 2018
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Discovering what leaders need to make decisions in the digital age

We will be using the Local Digital Fund to build the capability of leaders delivering digital services, through digital leadership training. Local Digital Advisor Gavin Beckett outlines the user research the team have been doing to test their proposition, and what they learnt.

Participants at the Local Digital Fund consultation workshop
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Reasons to sign the Declaration and iterations to the service

The Local Digital Team outline the benefits of signing up to the Local Digital Declaration and give guidance on making a commitment. Also, they share what they’ve learnt since launching the first iteration of the sign up service.

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Helping local government to share events

We have launched a new event sharing service! Designed to aid collaboration between digital organisers across local government and help local government colleagues find events of interest. Find out more about the service and how it works.

Screenshot of the events listing on the Local Digital website
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Declaration sign-up service open for business

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Declaration sign up service. It has been designed to allow local authorities and organisations working with local government to sign up to the Local Digital Declaration. To sign up, make a commitment in line with the principles of the Declaration. Learn more about signing up your organisation.

Screenshot of the Declaration sign up service
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Using Slack to #AskRishi

The Local Digital Team hosted the first #AskRishi event on Slack, giving people the chance to put their questions to Local Government Minister Rishi Sunak MP. Discover the highlights from the conversation.

Local Government Minister Rishi Sunak answering questions on Slack

Delivering on the Declaration wiki-style

It’s been an epic week for our budding #LocalDigital Collaboration Unit (LDCU). Wednesday saw the culmination of 6 months of workshopping and text drafting with hundreds of collaborators to launch […]

Attendees of the Birmingham roadshow during an unconference session

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