Think tank backs shared web platform for local government

Written by Colin Marrs on 4 June 2014 in News

Calls for local government to form a single platform to provide web services have been backed by a right-leaning think tank.

Calls for local government to form a single platform to provide web services have been backed by a right-leaning think tank.

A Technology Manifesto released by think tank Policy Exchange today examined how local and national government can use ICT to transform public services.

It said that a single digital platform, similar to central government’s, could help councils deal with budgetary pressures and improve services.

It said: “Though they must be free to determine their own course, local authorities will fail to achieve the benefits of digital government if they try to undergo the transformation completely independently of one another.

“A local GDS hub should be established to help them apply platform technologies, converge on open standards and replace more than 400 local authority websites with a single domain in the style of”

The idea of a single local government digital platform was mooted last year in a blog posting by Richard Copley, head of ICT at Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.

He called for the creation of a Local Government Digital Service (LDGS) to oversee the standardisation and improvement of digital services in councils.

According to Copley, creating standardised services could reap significant savings by reducing up to 25,000 software applications currently run by authorities across England.

At the time, he said: “Copley said: “If each council agreed to subscribe to an LGDS and paid just £3,000 per year we’d be able deliver a platform which would remove the need for individual council websites…” 

The Policy Exchange report also said that platforms based  on open standards should be established to give citizens an automated  way to send data to government.

It said: “This would empower communities to report on and help resolve issues in their local communities, from  pot holes to park littering.”

In addition, the manifesto said, public sector bodies should be required  to audit and declare the non-personal  datasets they hold, and publish a  schedule for their future release.

It said: “This process would increase transparency and strengthen the role of the Open Data User Group, by letting citizens and  businesses see what data is available to  request.”

Share this page



Please login to post a comment or register for a free account.

Related Articles

Government guidance on use of private email and WhatsApp to be updated for first time in a decade
15 March 2023

Cabinet Office minister says that department will release new guidelines ‘as soon as possible’

How CDDO is working to make government services great
14 March 2023

In this piece for PublicTechnology, head of strategy and standards Ben Tate provides an update on the digital unit's work to transform the most important citizen services

New laws to protect smart doorbells and other gadgets are world-first, minister claims
8 March 2023

Paul Scully pledges that provisions are being made for imminent implementation of act

Phone-bots and social-media alerts – Cabinet Office unveils £1bn plan for tech-powered efficiency savings
8 March 2023

Specialist unit for assessing spending decisions awards £500k to support central department in use of automation and digital

Related Sponsored Articles

Digital transformation – a guide for local government
6 March 2023

Digital transformation will play a key role in the future of local government. David Bemrose, Head of Account Strategy for Local Government at Crown Commercial Service (CCS), introduces a new...