Future Councils


The Future Councils programme will support local authorities across England to become modern and resilient.

Applications for the pilot of Future Councils are now closed. The six selected councils will be announced in early 2023. To find out more about the pilot and opportunities to partner with us beyond the pilot phase, sign up for our Local Digital newsletter.

About Future Councils

The pilot will fund councils to make digital and cyber improvements across their organisations, reform key services, and influence organisation-wide factors that can unblock change. Beyond the pilot phase, we will partner with a group of councils to deliver replicable pathways to digital and cyber security reform that others can follow.

We are currently piloting Future Councils with a small cohort of councils to test and iterate our approach. Each partner council will receive up to £750k to work with us over six months.

Where to find out more or seek support

For the latest updates on Future Councils, sign up for our Local Digital newsletter or follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn.  

If you have access to Slack, we also encourage you to join the #dluhc-future-councils channel in the LocalGovDigital workspace.

We’ll continue to update this web page with more information about Future Councils as it progresses.


25 October 2022 - Applications opened

2 November 2022 - Future Councils Slack Q&A

We held a dedicated Q&A on the #dluhc-future-councils Slack channel in the LocalGovDigital workspace on Wednesday 2 November.

18 November 2022 - Applications close

Applications closed Friday 18 November 2022 at 5:30pm.

7 and 8 December 2022 - Panel interview (as needed)

Applicants may be invited to a panel interview. We would expect the day-to-day lead, a senior stakeholder and where possible your Chief Executive, to attend this interview.

Early 2023 - Selected councils announced

We will announce successful councils in early 2023.