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techUK opens industry coronavirus support hub for councils

01/04/20

Mark Say Managing Editor

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IT industry association techUK has set up a Covid-19 local government repository to direct councils to offers of help from technology suppliers in dealing with the virus.

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It said it has coordinated work on the hub with public sector IT association Socitm, and has divided it into a number of categories: volunteering and supply and demand to the most vulnerable; remote working; managing demand; e-forms; scaling support; digital health; cyber security; and education support.

Georgina Maratheftis, techUK’s head of programme for local public services, said: “With techUK acting as a conduit to the local government market, the intention of this repository is to signpost offers in a central location to local government categorised by the challenges they are currently responding to.”

She also highlighted collaboration between local authorities in response to the coronavirus, including the effort of Buckinghamshire and Camden Councils an online service for people to request support then sharing the code on GitHub.

The repository is available to local government by contacting [email protected].

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