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Exciting next steps for Local Digital and Cyber

The Local Digital and Cyber teams are going to be making some exciting changes over the next few months, backed by multi-year funding to the tune of £85 million.

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MHCLG launch two beta products in a first step towards digital planning reform

We’re pleased to announce the launch of a private beta of two new council-led digital planning products, funded by MHCLG’s Local Digital Fund. This is an exciting step towards 21st Century digital planning systems that use data and human-centred design to make applying for planning permission significantly simpler, faster and easier to understand.

RIPA/BOPS private beta launch: the first step towards a twenty first century digital planning system
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Announcing our new digital skills training offer

We have developed a virtual training offer that will ensure we can still support local authority staff to learn and develop their digital skills, as well as make it easier to find relevant training opportunities.

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Updates to the Local Digital Fund application process

The Local Digital Fund is opening to applications from new collaborative projects across local government. Read about the changes made to the application process by the Local Digital team, and the evidence that has informed their thinking.

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Over 80 organisations have endorsed the Local Digital Declaration

The Local Digital team is delighted to announce that since its launch in July, the Local Digital Declaration has had senior sign-off from 86 organisations. In total, 123 organisations are currently at various points along the sign-up process.

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The Local Digital Fund opens for applications

In this blog post, Local Government Minister Rishi Sunak announces the launch of the Local Digital Fund and outlines the application process. The fund will be used to enable local councils to work together on a digital project, as well as to enhance the digital capability of local teams.

Rishi Sunak MP announcing the Local Digital Declaration at the LGA Conference in July 2018