About the Council Spotlight

The Council Spotlight blog post series provides councils with an opportunity to showcase their digital achievements and contributions to the Local Digital community.

We want to shine a spotlight on stories of local government digital transformation and digital best practice.

Read on to find out how to take part and get inspiration from recent editions of the Council Spotlight.

What does it involve

If your council has completed a project or programme of work that you think will interest and inspire other councils, then Council Spotlight provides a platform for you to share it with the community.

The Local Digital team will work with you to help tell your story—whether it’s through a blog post, case study, video testimonial or audio recording—and publish it on our Medium publication.

So far, we have heard inspiring the stories of:

We would love to hear how the Local Digital Declaration has impacted your work, such as how you have been inspired by the principles of the Declaration or how your council has met its Declaration commitments.

Who can take part

The Council Spotlight is open to Local Digital Declaration signatories. Not a signatory? Find out what the Declaration is and how to sign.

Ideally, you should be at a stage where you can demonstrate clear outcomes and benefits, such as how your work will improve the lives of citizens and/or solve a shared local public service problem.

Before you apply, please note that:

  • while the Local Digital team will support you to create your Council Spotlight, input is required from your team to draft and review content
  • we are looking for original content, rather than content that has already been published elsewhere—if you have already published a great story that you would like us to help you promote, please email it to campaigns@localdigital.gov.uk

Apply to the Council Spotlight

If you’re ready to celebrate your digital achievements, complete the application form to take part in a future Council Spotlight.

We will use the information you provide to decide if your story is suitable for the Council Spotlight. Once we have reviewed your application, we will contact you by email to give feedback and outline the next steps.

There are only six questions and the form should take no more than 15 minutes to fill out.

You can also email campaigns@localdigital.gov.uk if you have any questions or would like to discuss an idea with us.

Croydon Digital

We invited Croydon Council to share their digital transformation story with us. In this guest blog, Dave Briggs, Head of Digital Operations at Croydon Digital Service, and his colleagues, share their journey to building the Croydon Digital Service and the role of the Local Digital Declaration.

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East Sussex and Data to Insight

East Sussex County Council share the story of Data to Insight, a national children’s services data collaboration. East Sussex County Council hosts Data to Insight as part of the South East Sector Led Improvement Programme.

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Achieving for Children

Achieving for Children (AfC) is a not-for-profit social enterprise owned by three councils. In this issue, they describe how the AfC team works with Children’s Services to develop innovative digital tools that improve the lives of families.

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Colchester's Task Smart App

The Task Smart App funded project, led by Colchester Borough Council, is developing a platform that will enable tasks and requests logged online by customers to route directly to council officers working in the field.

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