Camden to host local digital coalition

The London borough of Camden is expected to host a starter secretariat for a new ‘coalition’ of local government digital interests.

The Local Digital Coalition comprises of various digital leaders in public services group Socitm, the council chief executives organisation SOLACE, LocalGovDigital, iNetwork, iStand and others. The groups will work together to help public services in England unlock the benefits of collaborative digital service transformation.

The council has claimed it will provide a ‘starter secretariat’ for one year, enabling coalition members to meet regularly between April 2016 and March 2017. The coalition will use the meetings ‘to work on activities already defined, to develop further plans and to secure funding and resources’.

The coalition has identified five key projects for its first year including the Blue Badge Attribute Checker; a DVLA API to enable councils to verify registered owner of vehicles (for taxi licensing and parking permit services); the extension of GOV.UK Verify to local authorities; Local Waste Service Standards; and an integrated care record for health and social care.

A Local Digital Coalition website has also been developed to host assets from the programme and will report on the coalition’s activity as it unfolds.

Martin Ferguson, director of policy and research at Socitm said: "The coalition breaks new ground in collaboration between its partners to drive the shared development and adoption by councils of five digitally transformed, joined-up service designs for the future."

Dylan Roberts, chair of the Local Public Services CIO Council (LCIOC), said: "Demonstrating how better outcomes can be achieved for citizens and businesses in their localities by simplifying, standardising and sharing best digital service design and practice in five service areas will be a key, common objective for the coalition partners."

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