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Local Digital Declaration: Creating a blueprint to ‘fix the plumbing’ in local government

By Jamil Hussein - 11th March 2019

Local government is walking a tight-rope. It’s balancing the challenges of updating legacy systems to provide better services to citizens but with less money — for example, councils in England are potentially facing a funding gap of £8 billion by 2025.

So what is being done about this?

The Local Digital Declaration encourages local authorities to ‘fix the plumbing by overhauling old technology structures and building more user-led services, using modular technologies.

Initiated by digital practitioners from local authorities, sector bodies and government departments, the declaration advocates councils to:

  • design services that best meet the needs of citizens
  • challenge the technology market to offer the flexible tools and services we need
  • protect citizens’ privacy and security
  • deliver better value for money
     

It encourages greater collaboration across local government. As local councils develop digital services, it should enable them to create blueprints that can be repeated, reused or adapted by themselves and others.

Ultimately, it will help local councils move away from legacy infrastructure and prevent the building of expensive new digital services from scratch every time. And that will mean cost savings in the long run whilst creating better services for users and citizens. 

You can find out more about the 5 principles the declaration has drawn up to promote this culture and technology shift.

Our local government webinar will look at how digital services must change to empower citizens and those working in local authorities.

We’ll facilitate ground-up thinking in councils to remove some of the pain of improving digital services and help create blueprints that can be reused and adapted to make efficiencies and cost savings. 

 

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About the author: Jamil Hussein
Jamil is the Content Manager at Zaizi. He specialises in video production and has worked as a journalist for various online news organisations for over 10 years.