Councils win share of digital transformation pot

A number of joint bids from groups of councils are among 27 which have won a share of £390,000 from the Local Government Association for digital transformation projects.

The association today announced the list of authorities which have been successful in gaining money from its Digital Experts programme.

A total of £390,000 was awarded, with single councils receiving £10,000 and nine groups of councils receiving £25,000.

Peter Fleming, chairman of the LGA’s Improvement and Innovation Board, said: “The Digital Experts programme will give a helping hand to those councils who are keen to draw on the learning of their peers and quickly implement what has worked well elsewhere, and we look forward to seeing the results.

“It is great to see councils learning from each other and adopting the digital tools which have already been developed. We want to support the sector to share these assets more effectively so there will be bigger benefits for more councils.”


The programme was established to help councils develop their use of technology by learning from digital tools and approaches which have already been successfully implemented elsewhere.

Fleming said: “There is a lot of excellent working going on in councils to develop and implement innovative digital ways of providing services.

The criteria for the awards included programmes which increase online self-service for residents, reducing digital exclusion, harnessing social media, enabling remote working for staff, and working more effectively with partners and community groups.

Full list of successful bidders:

Blackpool Council

Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole LRF

Christchurch and East Dorset Councils

Dacorum Borough Council

Dorset County Council and all six district/borough councils in Dorset

Essex County Council

Gloucestershire and Gloucester City

Lancaster City, Preston City and Fylde Borough Council

Luton Council

Milton Keynes Council

Newcastle City Council

Newcastle Under Lyme

North Warwickshire Borough Council and Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council

Nottingham City Council

Reading Borough Council

Redcar and Cleveland

Solihull MBC

South Holland and Breckland District Councils

Southampton Council

Stafford Borough Council and Cannock Chase Council

Staffordshire County Council


Test Valley Borough Council

Thurrock Council

Westminster CC, RB of Kensington and Chelsea & LB Hammersmith and Fulham

Wirral Council

Wyre Council

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