Sunak makes ‘digital pledge’ to reboot council services

5 Jul 18

Councils will be able to bid for government funding to transform online services, local government minister Rishi Sunak announced.

Sunak unveiled a new “digital pledge” worth £7.5m at the Local Government Association conference on Wednesday.

Sunak said the new initiative would change the way councils invest in technology, share expertise and ensure members of the public are receiving the best quality digital services.

“Whether it’s an app to report fly-tipping, or slick online services to pay your council tax, many local authorities are at the forefront of digital innovation,” he said.

“But there’s much more to do. Digital doesn’t belong in the basement, it belongs in the boardroom.”

More than 50 local authorities, government departments and partner organisations have signed up to the ‘Local Digital Declaration’, agreeing a common vision for the future of local services. 

Local authorities will be able to bid for a share of the new £7.5m innovation fund while the initiative will also set up a new course to train staff in digital leadership skills.

Rishi Sunak will be speaking at the CIPFA conference next week.

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