Industry News - June 23

Ben Jones
28 June 2023
Est. Reading: 2 minutes
Updated: 29 June 2023


Here, we’ll share the latest updates from across local gov to keep you updated with what’s going on in the sector.

GDS Publishes A New Digital Strategy For GOV.UK.

With the aim of extending the platform’s reach, making it more proactive & meeting user expectations, the Government Digital Service (GDS) has mapped out nine critical workstreams to focus on during the lead up to 2025.

These include:

  • Developing a GOV.UK app
  • Increasing the platform’s presence on social channels &
  • Exploring possibilities for interactions with emerging technologies

To learn more about the strategy, click here.

The Cabinet Office launches new Find a Grant digital service.

The Cabinet Office has launched a digital service for organisations to apply for government grants.

The Find a Grant service is expected to save up to £270 million over the next two years through efficiencies and fraud prevention.

You can learn more about the service here.

Roundtable Discussion: Meeting Residents' Expectations of Digital Services.

A group of senior council officers met for a roundtable discussion to examine the effectiveness of council-provided digital services.

Discussion points included:

  • The Amazon standard of digital services
  • The complexity of local digital services
  • Keeping residents informed
  • Outdated cybersecurity approaches
  • Workforce challenges
  • Effective leadership & more

You can read the full summary here.

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Extend G-Cloud 13 By A Further 12 Months.

The CCS has extended its G-Cloud 13 procurement catalogue for cloud-based services by 12 months.

With this amendment, G-Cloud 13 is now scheduled to end on the 8th of November, 2024.

Read more here.

GDS Promotes Single GOV.UK Login.

Senior members of the Government Digital Service outline their ambitions for a centralised digital identity service.

In short, this article covers:

  • The early take-up of the service
  • Minimising data
  • Improving on Verify
  • Future potential
  • Personalisation
  • Estimated savings & more

Read the full round-up here.

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