What is the Declaration?

The Local Digital Declaration is a shared ambition for the future of local public services written in 2018 by a collective of 45 local authorities, sector bodies and government departments. It outlines our goals and commitments, and it invites all public sector and non-profit organisations working to improve local services to join the movement by signing the Declaration.

Read the full declaration online, or download the full Local Digital Declaration (PDF).

Please click here for a link to the video transcript

What are we signing up to?

By signing the Local Digital Declaration your organisation is joining a growing community of over 200 local authorities, sector bodies and government departments all committed to the shared vision of the Declaration.

To make sure real changes start to happen in our practice, culture and outcomes, each organisation that signs is asked to commit to doing a declaration project in the next year, in line with the declaration principles:

  • redesign our services around the needs of the people using them
  • break our dependence on inflexible and expensive technology that doesn’t join up effectively, in favour of modular common components and open data standards
  • design safe, secure and useful ways of sharing information to build trust among our partners and citizens
  • demonstrate digital leadership, creating the conditions for genuine organisational transformation
  • embed an open culture that values, incentivises and expects working in the open wherever we can, sharing our plans and experience, working collaboratively with other organisations, and reusing good practice

What do we get back?

To help your organisation fulfil your commitments, all Declaration signatories are eligible for free training, and the opportunity to apply for funding on a collaborative project(s).

You’ll also get the momentum and energy from the rest of Local Digital community and the dedicated Local Digital Collaboration Unit at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), to support you in your digital transformation journey – through online support and offline at events around the country. 

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) have funded a dedicated Collaboration Unit to support and convene the community around the declaration in their collective mission.

Who can sign the Declaration?

For now, sign up to the Local Digital Declaration is only open to public sector and non-profit organisations in the UK.

You’ll need two people from your organisation to be involved in signing the Declaration:

Suppliers can get involved with the Tender, the trial community to test better buyer-seller communication.


How do I sign?

Read our guidance on signing up and then sign up using this form.