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How our training offer is supporting local government with day-to-day working

It’s been seven months since we launched an online library of training courses to support our local government colleagues to develop their digital skills while working remotely. In that time, we’ve had 218 applications from people working in more than 100 councils for more than 40 courses. The training library is built around a selection of funded ...
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Round 5 of the Local Digital Fund is now open

We’re thrilled to announce that the Local Digital Fund is open for applications from council-led digital projects in its fifth round of funding. In this latest open round, we’re inviting local authorities to submit proposals for alpha and beta projects across two thematic areas: development platforms and software. About the Local Digital Fund The L...
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New fund to enhance community engagement in planning

PropTech Engagement Fund - apply by 31 August 2021 The Digital Planning team at MHCLG are delighted to announce the new PropTech Engagement Fund, set up to support the PropTech sector and local authorities to accelerate adoption of technology that will enhance community engagement and deliver a modern planning system.  Planning for the Future The P...
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Transforming the way MHCLG delivers funding  

Delivering funding to where it is needed most is a core mission of MHCLG. And we do lots of it - distributing £8.5bn in general grants in 2019/20 – to local authorities, charities and businesses across the UK.    This funding is a key part of the Levelling Up agenda so it’s vital we get it right.  In 2020, the Funding Service Design team was set up...
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MHCLG launch two beta products in a first step towards digital planning reform

We’re pleased to announce the launch of a private beta of two new council-led digital planning products, funded by MHCLG’s Local Digital Fund. This is an exciting step towards 21st Century digital planning systems that use data and human-centred design to make applying for planning permission significantly simpler, faster and easier to understand. ...
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The Cyber Support team’s technical remediation and support activities

During the cyber security discovery last year, we identified five areas of opportunity for MHCLG to support councils in improving their cyber health. One of these areas was technical remediation: providing support to councils identified through the survey on mitigating malware and ransomware. In November, a Cyber Support team was formed within the ...
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Kicking off the Cyber Health Framework Alpha phase

Photo by Clayton Robbins on Unsplash In June 2020 the Local Digital Cyber team completed a discovery into cyber security at local authorities. We found that: There are many cyber standards, but no clear baseline.An effective cyber baseline must encompass culture, leadership and ‘cyber first’ processes.Leadership support is vital to embed standards ...
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Creating a more flexible funding model for the Local Digital Fund

  Since 2018, the Local Digital Collaboration Unit (LDCU) has funded 35 projects through multiple phases of work and across five rounds of funding - including our relatively recent C-19 Challenge. Through the Local Digital Fund, we’ve given out nearly £5 million to support local councils to work together on projects that improve how key services ar...
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A look back at Local Digital in 2020

In the year that the Local Digital movement turned two years old, we saw some huge shifts as a team and as a department. Although COVID-19 response dominated our focus in 2020, there were also plenty of positive developments and milestones in other parts of our programme.  In this blog post we’re going to share just some of 2020’s highlights and mo...
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Service transformation, not just iteration

One of the great things about stepping into the product manager role on a service you have worked with for years is that you already know all the problems. You don't have to worry about doing any more time-consuming research – you can just crack on with building the service. Just kidding. In the words of Dr Manhattan, “Nothing ever ends”. Despite r...
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