The Welsh Government has pledged £500,000 per year for a new unit to support digital initiatives in local government.
“This will provide for a dedicated resource to identify, share, promote and champion a joined-up approach to digital initiatives and their delivery across local government. Realising the potential that digital technology presents the potential to save money and provide better services.
“The Chief Digital Officer will provide leadership for digital transformation in local government, build and grow on the good work that’s already underway, and support local government to build capacity and capability to take forward innovative technology and data-led approaches to service delivery and public engagement.
“I see this firmly as a sector-led, and owned, approach which the Welsh Government is happy to be able to provide funding in support of.”
Alongside the announcement of a new CDOLG, over a million pounds will be made available in the next financial year to support the digital transformation of local government in Wales, with a focus on encouraging and enabling collaboration.
techUK’s Head of Local of Public Services commented:
“techUK has long called for country-wide CDOs and it is fantastic to see the Welsh Government provide the investment needed for local governments across Wales to realise their digital ambition, and one that is joined-up with the aim to improve outcomes for citizens. We hope that as part of their role to foster collaboration, this includes working with industry and SMEs to deliver meaningful early market engagement.”
“We look forward to working with the new Chief Digital Officer for Local Government to realise how digital technologies can transform local public service outcomes.”