£750,000 to improve services through digital tech

Local Government Minister Luke Hall has announced that more than £750,000 has been awarded to councils looking to improve services using digital technology.

Six projects by local authorities working together across the country have received £753,000 from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Local Digital Fund, with projects aimed at improving online housing repairs services, making websites for planning applications easier to use, and giving residents smoother methods of online payment.

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council is leading a project, alongside Leeds City Council and Manchester City Council, where £350,000 will help provide social workers with better information to cut the time and cost of child referrals, while London Borough of Southwark is also leading a project exploring how to make the planning process more efficient and transparent. This is alongside London Borough of Hackney, Greater London Authority and Surrey Heath Borough Council, with £100,000 being invested.

A list of all the projects can be seen here.

Hall said: “Councils up and down the country are working together to embrace digital technology and improve public services. They are truly looking ahead and adapting their work to make things better for residents. I’m delighted to invest over £750,000 from our Local Digital Fund into 6 more collaborative projects aimed at improving local services.”

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