Crown Commercial Service

CCS pledges support for local digital public services by co-publishing new Local Digital Declaration

I am delighted at CCS being given the opportunity to join partners from Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), Government Digital Service (GDS) and others including a number of local authorities in co-publishing the new Local Digital Declaration today. The declaration is a cross-sector shared mission, enabling the foundations needed for the future generation of local digital public services.

Here at CCS we are committed to providing the best possible commercial solutions for local authorities to help them meet the needs of citizens, and in doing so keeping the cost of delivering those services down as much as possible. We recognise the key roles that digital technology and techniques can play in achieving this, and so are pleased that collective action is being taken across the sector.

The declaration embodies 5 principles of internet age local public services that local authorities are encouraged to sign up to. These are:

  • We will go further to redesign our services around the needs of the people using them
  • We will ‘fix our plumbing’ to break our dependence on inflexible and expensive technology that doesn’t join up effectively
  • We will design safe, secure and useful ways of sharing information
  • We will demonstrate digital leadership, creating the conditions for genuine organisational transformation to happen
  • We will embed an open culture that values, incentivises and expects digital ways of working from every member of our workforce

Our technology experts are ideally placed to support local authorities in meeting these principles and securing best value. We’re already helping our customers in local government to deliver real digital change to benefit both residents and local businesses:

  • We helped Derby City Council achieve 60% savings on its data centre provision as part of its Cloud First strategy implementation
  • Using the Digital Marketplace, London Borough of Newham Council used the Digital Outcomes and Specialists (DOS) framework to procure a specialist supplier to deliver expertise, working with them to understand and improve the user experience of vital services such as Housing, Homelessness and Children’s Services

You can read the declaration in full on the Local Digital website, which gives more detail on the principles and the commitments set out to lay the foundations for the public services of the future.

Our cloud and digital teams are looking forward to supporting local authorities in achieving the aims that the Local Digital Declaration sets out to achieve. Want to find out more? Get in touch via our contact form quoting ‘Local Digital Declaration’ in the comments box.