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MHCLG calls on councils for digital innovation ideas

21/09/18

UKA Correspondent

The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has called on local authorities to submit applications for shares of a £7.5 million fund to develop new approaches to using digital technology.

It said that grants of up to £100,000 will be available for projects that demonstrate they benefit local public services and have the potential to be rolled out more widely across the country.

The fund will also be used to provide digital skills training for at least 1,000 staff working on digital solutions in councils.

The move follows the original announcement of the fund in July, which came with the announcement of the Local Digital Declaration and the creation of a team within MHCLG to work with councils on delivering their relevant commitments.

Rishi Sunak

Local Government Minister Rishi Sunak (pictured) said: “Digital innovation is re-shaping our lives, and many local authorities are at the forefront of embracing technology in ingenious ways to improve services for the public.

“Whether it’s an app to report fly tipping, or a slick web solution to pay your council tax, we want to know the best ideas so we can help to make them happen.

“I would also like to encourage councils to sign up to our Local Digital Declaration, so we can all support each other and build on each other’s work to revolutionise public services.”

Local authorities can apply and find out more information at: www.localdigital.gov.uk/fund

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