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12/09/2019

Cash for councils to improve digital tech

Words: Laura Edgar
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Local government minister Luke Hall has announced that £750,000 will be awarded to council projects to improve digital technology services, including websites for submitting planning applications.

This could be to make such websites easier to use.

Hall said: “Councils up and down the country are working together to embrace digital technology and improve public services.

"They are truly looking ahead and adapting their work to make things better for residents. I’m delighted to invest over £750,000 from our Local Digital Fund into six more collaborative projects aimed at improving local services.”

Other projects include improving online housing repairs services and giving residents smoother methods of online payment.

This funding round was only open to projects that were previously awarded funding last year. A funding round remains open for new local authority projects to apply to the Local Digital Fund before it closes on 16 September.


The projects the cash will support and the local authorities involved are:

  • London Borough of Southwark (lead), London Borough of Hackney, Greater London Authority and Surrey Heath Borough Council – £100,000

Exploring how to make the planning process more efficient and transparent. The project will look at user-centred digital planning application systems.

  • Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council (lead), Leeds City Council and Manchester City Council – £350,000

Providing social workers with better information to cut the time and cost of child referrals.

  • Buckinghamshire County Council (lead), Adur and Worthing Council, London Borough of Croydon and Leeds City Council – £50,000

Prototyping an open community directory of support services.

  • City of Lincoln Council, London Borough of Southwark, South Kesteven District and Royal Borough of Greenwich – £100,000

Developing better online housing repairs systems. A project to explore and prototype common service patterns for reporting and managing repairs.

  • Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council (lead), Allerdale Borough Council, Cherwell District Council, Huntingdon District Council, North East Lincolnshire District Council, Sheffield City Council and South Northamptonshire Council – £80,000

Exploring income management and e-payments. The project aims to help councils overcome blockages to adopting existing cost-effective payment and management systems and move away from legacy systems and suppliers.

  • Worcestershire County Council (lead), Redditch and Bromsgrove Council and Suffolk County Council – £73,000

Providing registrations data to local authority housing services. A project to use death registration data to reconcile the availability of social housing, reduce the wait time for families on local housing lists and prevent lost council tax revenue.


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