#techUKlocalgov Update | Newham & Essex Council Briefing Invitation

Next month we are delighted to welcome Matthew Hooper, Director of Commissioning (Enforcement & Safety), Newham Council & Cllr Stephen Canning, Essex Council to techUK on the 12 June to learn more about their digital priorities and how thy have created the environemnt for transformation. Make sure you register now!

London's first Chief Digital Officer has asked for your views on how to create new solutions for London’s growth challenges and make the city the global home for data and AI innovation. You can share your thoughts via this short survey.

Keep an eye out on the techUK website for further local governments events to be announced shortly! This includes a Smart Place briefing and a local government AI roundtable. 

#techUKlocalgov: Latest 

Register now to hear from Newham & Essex Council how they are applying digital to solve local problems on 12 June

We are delighted to welcome Matthew Hooper, Director of Commissioning (Enforcement & Safety), Newham Council & Cllr Stephen Canning, Essex Council to hear their journey to digital at our 'Using Digital to Solve Problems and Improve Local Public Service Outcomes' briefing.

London CDO Theo Blackwell wants to hear from you!

He is asking what steps can we take to shape delivery so London can become be the global home to data innovation and artificial intelligence to boost growth and help make London a better place to live, work and visit. To make London more open to solutions procured or developed in partnership with the tech community, they're conducting a short survey  - it should take less than 5 minutes to complete

Busy summer of local government events including LocalGov Camp & GDS-MHCLG roadshow

The largest and longest running unconference for UK local government LocalGovCamp is back this September and in Birmingham, you can register here. GDS-MHCLG are also running a local digital collaboration summer roadshow and you can find out more here. Lots of exciting things happening in local government digital!

#techUKlocalgov: Action & Reaction 

After 12 months in the job, the digital performance of the heads of the six city regions is assessed by techUK's Local Government Programme Manager (PublicTechnology.net)

One year on, Georgina Maratheftis explores if the metro mayors have delivered digital devolution and what more needs to be done to create truly digital city regions.

techUK's CEO welcomes the appointment of Salford's first Chief Digital Officer (CDO)

Julian David states "It’s a clear indication of the region’s digital desire and ambition to be a leading smart city. techUK has long called for country-wide CDOs as part of its Digital Devolution work and Jon Corner will have an important and unique role in further supporting Greater Manchester and Metro Mayor Andy Burnham’s digital aspirations."

As GDPR comes in to force this week Georgina Maratheftis looks at what this means for local government

GDPR can be more than just a compliance issue for local government and instead an opportunity to build a culture of data trust within the organisation and with citizens

Government calls on tech firms to tackle the UK’s biggest challenges

techUK's Head of Public Sector, Rob Driver, welcomes the Government's competiton and states "the UK has a phenomenal opportunity to lead the world in the next wave of digital government transformation and it is encouraging to see that the Government is willing to experiment with new transformational approaches to harness the established and diverse supplier base in the UK."

#techUKlocalgov: Other News 

GDS takes steps to support move away from PSN (UKAuthority)

The Government Digital Service (GDS) is beginning to look at ways to support public sector organisations in moving away from use of the Public Services Network (PSN) while maintaining the appropriate technical controls.

GDS looks to private sector to boost Verify take-up (UKAuthority)

GDS is looking towards the private sector to help drive take-up of the GOV.UK Verify digital identity service and achieve the aim of enrolling 25 million users by 2020.

Lincolnshire to create online directory of care services (PublicTechnology.net)

The authority has published a contract notice seeking suppliers across two lots. The first of these includes the creation and maintenance of the digital resource, while the second covers the provision of email, web chat, and telephone support to citizens. 


8 June - Crown Commercial Service Network Service 2 Briefing

12 June - Using Digital to Solve Problems and Improve Local Public Service Outcomes

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