Cambridgeshire is looking to develop even more independence for its residents through digital technology this July 4th.
Today the County Council co-publishes the Local Digital Declaration – as part of the Government Digital Service (GDS) and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) initiative to help local authorities get better value from the IT market by developing best practice.
The declaration was launched today at the LGA conference by the Minister for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Rishi Sunak MP and paves the way for Cambridgeshire County Council to draw down additional national funding for new digital projects.
“We are committed to making sure our services meet the needs of local residents, and at a price that they can afford.” said Cllr Steve Count, Leader of Cambridgeshire County Council. “We see digital technology as a key part of achieving this, and so are delighted to support collective action which is being taken across the sector, as we know that we can and want to do more”.
Cambridgeshire County Council is already delivering real digital change to benefit residents and local businesses. For instance it has transformed the system which helps older people or those with disabilities to apply for a blue parking badge cut the waiting time from six weeks to just a fortnight – giving them back their independence more quickly and saving council tax payers £60,000 a year.
And improved digital technology across the council means that around 95% of the council’s staff can work flexibly from any office across the council, and increasingly from the offices of our partner agencies bringing staff close to those who need us.”
The declaration the council has signed up to today embodies five principles of internet age local public services. 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
Read the declaration full on the Local Digital website here, which gives more detail on the principles and the commitments made in order to lay the foundations for the public services of the future.