LGA to invest £560,000 in councils’ digital solutions

The Local Government Association (LGA) has announced it is giving £560,000 to 34 councils in England, in a bid to help them develop digital solutions for various issues.

The funding will help councils develop digital solutions to support troubled families, health and social care integration and welfare reform. The extra investment will add to work already taking place by the 34 councils and will help local authorities to benefit from the results.

One of the funded projects, in Hounslow, will be used as a tool to identify the top 20 adults with complicated social care needs and chaotic lives, while another scheme in Wigan will be used to develop a single view of a child’s record across multiple agencies.

Councillor David Simmonds, chairman of the LGA's Improvement and Innovation Board, said: “This programme seeks to build on this good work by enabling a group of councils to use digital tools and approaches to support their wider work to transform local public services.

“Local government has made huge progress in enabling residents to carry out transactions online. Councils now need to build on this good work and fully utilise digital technology to help deliver more efficient services to manage rising demand and expectations from their residents.”

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