LGA digital programmes and resources

A hub that provides local government with best practice in the sector to support officers and councillors working on improving services through digital transformation and innovation.


Resources

Councillor Introduction to… Digital and Data Training Series

The LGA has developed the Councillor Introduction to… Digital and Data Training Series which comprises seven new free councillor training sessions to support members navigate the world of digital and technology as their local authorities harness this area of innovation to help deal with COVID-19 pressures and support residents, communities and businesses utilise technology to improve their everyday life.

Digital Best Practice

Councils are coordinating and delivering remarkable digital solutions to address the multitude of challenges for a council in 21st Century. We have seen the local government sector pool its resources, respond to new problems and innovate solutions. Here is a selection of digital best practice from the sector.

Digital Connectivity Programme

Delivered by the Local Government Association (LGA), the Digital Connectivity Programme is a grant-funded programme that builds your council’s skills and capacity to take advantage of the opportunities offered by connectivity to your local place and communities.

Digital Experts, Transformation and Channel Shift Programmes

Our digital funded programmes support councils to innovate and improve digital service.

Digital Housing Programme

Digital Housing Programme: Councils are continually looking to innovate in order to deal with increasing demand and pressure to the services that they run on behalf of local residents. The past few years has seen digital service delivery becoming more and more relevant in increasing resident accessibility to services and delivering efficiencies. In March 2018, the LGA funded five councils to reuse the digital assets and learning from the Kent Home Choice Partnership project.

Digital Inclusion Programme

The Digital Inclusion Programme supports 10 councils to work with specific cohorts of residents to support those who haven’t had the skills, confidence or infrastructure to go online so they can benefit from the potential for digital tools and solutions to contribute to improving life outcomes.

Digital Pathfinders Programme

The LGA is launching a new Digital Pathfinders Programme. The programme is designed to support councils seeking to innovate and develop pioneering initiatives to advance digital inclusion, digital connectivity and cyber security. 

Digital Showcase

The objective of the LGA Digital Showcase is to show some of the excellent and innovative work councils are doing to redesign and improve their services, as well as ways of working, using digital tools and solutions.

Local Government Digital Committee (LGDC)

The Local Government Digital Committee (LGDC) was established in late 2007, under the auspices of the Local Government Association, in order to provide leadership across the sector on the service transformation agenda.

Public Switched Telephone Network

The plan to move all customers from traditional landlines by 2025 will have an impact on local authorities and residents.

  • How, if at all, are you preparing for the analogue to digital switchover?
  • Are you clear on what it means for your organisation?

In October 2021, the LGA hosted an event allowing the sector to hear more about this subject. This event also allowed colleagues to voice their concerns while, pursuing any additional information from those leading on this on behalf of the telecoms industry and government. You can catch up on the presentation delivered by Norfolk County Council and find an FAQ sheet answered by industry leads. 

Keep an eye out on this webpage for regular updated on this subject matter and how it will affect your local authority. If you have any questions, please email LGACyberSecurity@local.gov.uk

Tech essentials

Coming soon, highlights from across the sector with a focus on the Digital and Cyber Security space within Local Government, Tech essentials will encompass a variety of case studies, podcasts, best practice examples and engagement with the sector.

Stakeholder groups

Digital Inclusion Network

The Digital Inclusion Network was established in 2020 for councils, to share best practice, network and hear about emerging initiatives in the digital inclusion space to work together to fix the digital divide. This group meets every two months and selects speakers from various councils and organisations to present on their digitally inclusion programmes and work  within their communities. The Digital Inclusion Network facilitates open dialogue around digital inclusion and allows for councils to network with various organisations.

Transformation Network

The Transformation Network was established in 2020, invites councils to meet and discuss various areas of digital transformation, within local authorities. Chaired by Debbie Knopp, from Essex County Council, the Transformation Network meets every two months. The network is centred around discussing examples of digital transformation such as new ways of working and how to facilitate digital transformation within the community.

Digital Construction Working Group

The Digital Construction Working Group was created, in 2022, to support local authorities overcome preconceived obstacles around the various new ways of digital working. This specifically pertains to digital ways of working for construction, procurement and supply chain services and programmes. The primary aim of the group is to educate the sector on best practice and explore low-cost proof of concepts to establish recognition and awareness of these ways of working.

Local Government Digital Committee (LGDC)

The Local Government Digital Committee was established in 2007, as a way of providing sector leadership and guidance on the service transformation agenda. The group is chaired by Matt Prosser, CEO of Dorset Council and meets every two months. The group exists for chief executives and senior digital directors from Local Government to provide a single coherent voice for the sector.

Updates are given by  central government, private sector partners, and local authorities, allowing attendees to remain informed and up to date with evolving policy and best practice within the cyber, digital and innovation agenda.

Sector updates are given by: ADEPT, LGA Cyber, Digital and Technology teams, C-TAG, LGA Digital Inclusion Network and LGA Transformation Network.

CDT Policy Group

The Cyber, Digital Policy group takes place every month and features sector updates from C-TAG, DLUHC, NCSC, LGA Cyber and Digital teams and LGA Health and Social care. The meeting highlights important policy updates in all the listed organisation and allows for discussion around best practice around these developments.

Case studies

Digital Index Links

Blackpool Council
Bournemouth Dorset and Poole Local Resilience Form
Bristol City Council

Calderdale Council
Cheltenham Borough Council
Christchurch and East Dorset Councils

Dacorum Borough Council
Dorset County Council

East Sussex County Council
East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Elmbridge Council
Essex County Council

Forest Heath District and St Edmundsbury Borough Council

Gloucester City Council
Gloucestershire County Council

Hertfordshire County Council

Kent Homechoice

Lancaster City, Preston City and Fylde Borough Council
Leeds City Council
City of Lincoln Council
Liverpool City Council
London Borough of Barnet
London Borough of Camden
London Borough of Harrow
Luton Borough Council

Milton Keynes Council

Newcastle City Council
Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council
North Somerset Council
North Warwickshire Borough Council and Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council
North Yorkshire County Council
Nottingham City Council

Reading Borough Council
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council
Rochdale Borough Council

Scarborough Borough Council
Solihull Met Borough Council
South Holland and Breckland District Councils
Southampton Council
Spelthorne Borough Council
Stafford Borough Council and Cannock Chase Council
Staffordshire County Council
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
Suffolk Council
Sunderland City Council

Telford and Wrekin Council
Test Valley Borough Council
Torbay Council

Wakefield Council
Waverley Borough Council
Westminster City Council
West Sussex County Council
Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham
Wigan Metropolitan Council
Wirral Council
Worcestershire County Council
Wyre Council

If you have any best practice or resources please share with productivity@local.gov.uk