techUK co-publisher of the newly launched Local Digital Declaration

Today see’s 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 is pleased to be a co-publisher of the Declaration, and if your organisation is working to improve local services they can sign-up to the Declaration here.

Responding to the Local Digital Declaration, techUK CEO Julian David commented:

“We applaud central government for listening to the needs of local government and launching The Local Digital Declaration, which will go some way to help create the environment that enables improved collaboration and genuine end-to-end transformation.”

“We have too often seen various local government digital initiatives come and go, so it is welcome to see that the Declaration is committing resources to realise the ambition set out. techUK has long called for central government to realise the convening role it can play to help local authorities identify common building blocks and sharing of common approaches to support transformation.”

“techUK stands ready to work with MHCLG, GDS and local authorities on the challenge set out to industry in the Declaration. We have championed open standards and interoperability, as evident in our Health & Social Care Interoperability Charter. We look forward to working with partners across the local government eco-system to create the conditions needed to deliver improved and efficient local public services that improve outcomes for all citizens.”

Chair of techUK’s Local Public Services Committee & CEO of Shaping Cloud Carlos Oliveira commented:

“techUK’s Local Public Services Committee (LPSC) welcomes the launch of the Local Digital Declaration and it is an ambition we share. The LPSC mission is to create the environment needed to enable meaningful change and collaboration at the local digital level.  We look forward to continuing to work with the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (MHCLG) and the new local digital collaboration unit to realise the ambition it sets out to achieve, as well as working alongside them and other key partners on open standards and interoperability, areas we are actively looking at and championing.”

“It really is an exciting time for local government transformation. Today’s Declaration will help to scale-up existing good work that is happening across the country and alongside the work of techUK help grow the local government market. As a committee we are here to help, listen and work with local government to ensure our local public services are the most effective and efficient for all citizens.”

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