This summer saw the launch of the Local Digital Declaration, a shared ambition for the future of local public services written by a collective of local authorities, sector bodies and government departments. It outlines a shared ambition for improved collaboration and creating the conditions needed for the next generation of local public services.
techUK was pleased to be a co-publisher of the Declaration, and stands ready to work with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the Government Digital Service and local authorities on the challenge it poses to industry.
After a productive unconference with local tech vendors on 16 October, we agreed to pursue 3 projects as a first market response to the Declaration. This event aims to convene a working group for each project and to co-design how the project will achieve its objectives. We’d like to get a representative group of suppliers on each working group, so please email Georgina Maratheftis if you’d like to be involved designing one of the below 3 projects:
Vendor version of the Local Digital Declaration (charter/ code)
Discovery on how different council personas make digital procurement decisions
Designing a vendor community attached to Crown Commercial Service
Those who sign up to participate in this workshop should be willing to be actively involved in the development of the project in question, committing at least 1 day a month until the project has completed its first phase of development. We will make an effort to ensure that design groups are diverse and broadly representative of the market, and all vendors will be invited to adopt the output of each project regardless of involvement in its design (e.g. join the vendor community at CCS, adopt the Charter, or learn from the discovery outputs).
This is an exciting time for local government digital and suppliers as partners to councils. We have a vital role in helping to create the environment for genuine and successful end-to-end transformation, and we look forward to working with the supplier community on this important chapter of the local digital mission.
Once you’ve registered please email Georgina.Maratheftis@techuk.org to express which project you’d like to be involved in.