Final version of Local Government Digital Service Standard set for April launch

Written by Colin Marrs on 21 March 2016 in News

The final version of the draft Local Government Digital Service Standard is set to be published shortly after Easter.

The new standard is aimed at helping to enable peer reviews of services, strengthening procurement by groups of councils and enabling greater collaboration.

A consultation on the draft version closed on 19 March and the steering group leading the project is now sifting through comments submitted.

Phil Rumens, vice chair of professional network LocalGov Digital, which has initiated the project, said: “We'd like to say a huge thanks to everyone who took time to let us know their views.

“We anticipate the Standard will be published during the first week of April, and for many this will be the start of a process of getting it adopted in their organisation.”

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Rumens said that different councils are working at different speeds but he hoped that by September a core group of councils will have adopted the standard.

A summit for those adopting the standard is anticipated for the autumn.

The list of 18 draft standards, released in February, said that digital service suppliers should re-use existing data and registers rather than starting from scratch.

Last week, PublicTechnology reported that the new Local Government Digital Service Standard emerged from discussions held at the offices of the Government Digital Service.

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