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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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Reflections on my time as the Head of Local Digital

In this blog post, I want to reflect back on the lessons learnt and achievements, such as bringing local authorities together to solve common challenges, and in particular how a group of local authorities and suppliers are cooperating together to deliver an open source solution.

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Council Spotlight: Achieving for Children

For this edition of the Council Spotlight, we are highlighting Achieving for Children — a not-for-profit social enterprise owned by three councils.

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Council Spotlight: East Sussex and Data to Insight

For November’s edition of the Council Spotlight, we invited East Sussex County Council to 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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Council Spotlight: Croydon Digital

As part of our new council spotlight feature, 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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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.

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What our training offer is teaching us about the needs of local government

Earlier this year, we launched a library of online training courses to support our local government colleagues to learn and develop their digital skills while working remotely. We want to share with you what we’ve learned so far and what we plan to do next. You can also find out how we’ve expanded the offer to provide even more training opportunities.

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The Cyber Support team’s technical remediation and support activities

During the cyber security discovery last year, we identified five areas of opportunity for MHCLG to support councils in improving their cyber health. One of these areas was technical remediation: providing support to councils identified through the survey on mitigating malware and ransomware.

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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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A look back at Local Digital in 2020

In this blog post we share just some of LDCU’S 2020 highlights and momentous moments, plus a teaser for what’s coming up in 2021.

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Kicking off the cyber security pre-discovery

The Local Digital team have started work on a pre-discovery to understand how we can better support local government on cyber security. Read about the work being planned into reducing cyber risks and becoming more cyber resilient across the sector.

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Continued support for Local Digital Fund projects

MHCLG has awarded further funding to 6 projects through the Local Digital Fund. Read about the projects that are continuing their work to fix the plumbing of public services.