It’s been just over a year since techUK established the Local Public Services Committee which I chair. We’ve brought together a diverse group of tech companies large and small, and our mission has been to work collaboratively with councils and the wider tech industry to create the environment that enables transformation to happen and innovation to flourish. A year in, and with nominations now open to join the committee, it’s a timely opportunity to reflect on what we’ve done and how we can work with the wider membership to deliver our next steps.
The committee’s main aim has been to create a space to inform the market and be informed on how we can work better together to deliver more efficient, improved services with better outcomes for citizens. We want to learn from councils about their transformation journeys, challenges they have faced, and key asks to industry on how we can better work together to facilitate better partnerships that deliver a shared ambition of better services for all citizens.
With over 400 councils in the UK, the narrative of local government being a fragmented and complicated market is a familiar one. However, there are fantastic examples of innovation and transformation happening at the local level across the country. Often the case is that it’s not shouted about loud enough. As a committee we wanted to champion councils leading the way on digital and transformation and hear directly their vision and how they got to where they are.
One of the key achievements for the Local Public Services Committee has been growing regional engagement with councils. We have had the pleasure of being hosted by various digital leaders in Birmingham, Manchester and Essex where we have heard first hand from them their vision for transformation, as well as key asks to industry.
We have also bought together industry and councils to have genuine two way conversations, from big challenge led market engagement sessions to more intimate roundtables, talking about specific issues from data and interoperability to what the vision of a ‘council of the future’ is.
We have an exciting series of work streams on key areas affecting local government which committee members will be integral to shaping and driving forward. Later this year we will also publish a paper publishing recommendations on how the environment in which local government operates can be improved to foster increased innovation and enable more effective and secure data sharing.
Join the Local Public Services Committee
We want to grow the membership of the committee and have a number of diverse voices represented. Now going into our second year, we have a clear defined purpose and mission and it is a fantastic opportunity to join and help set the strategic direction of techUK’s local government work and also grow our engagement with councils looking at key issues from digital leadership to data.
You can view further information about the nomination process and how to submit an application here. If you have any further questions on the committee’s work do get in contact with Georgina Maratheftis, Programme Manager – Local Government.
As the Chair of the Local Public Services Committee I look forward to working with more techUK members and bringing together a diverse group of companies to explore how best we can improve public service outcomes.