Councils funded as part of Digital Pathfinders Programme

The Local Government Association has announced the nine successful councils in its new Digital Pathfinders Programme.

The LGA, who represent councils in England and Wales, designed a programme to support councils seeking to innovate and develop pioneering initiatives to advance digital inclusion, digital connectivity, and cyber security. It will also help councils whose work will offer a positive example to others in the sector, through sustainable change programmes.

In total, 75 councils in England were shortlisted through a competitive bidding process.

The successful projects are: Leeds City Council, London Borough of Havering and Norwich City Council (for Digital Inclusion); Dorset Council, Nottinghamshire County Council and Rochdale Borough Council (for Digital Connectivity) and Copeland Borough Council, London Borough of Redbridge and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (for Cyber Security).

Peter Fleming, chairman of the LGA’s Improvement and Innovation Board, said: “I would like to pass on my congratulations to all the successful councils who we are helping to transform their services as part of our Digital Pathfinders Programme.  As place shapers, councils have a fundamental role to play in helping enhance and improve the digital connectivity of their local areas. The pandemic has bought to light the growing importance of digital technology and connectivity in the day to day lives of people in our communities.

“Many councils have been taking great strides in digital transformation, improving their service delivery and bringing the vital work that councils do on a day to day basis closer to their residents. We want this important programme to help efforts to improve digital connectivity, accelerate digital inclusion and keep services and residents safe from the threats surrounding cyber security.”

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