Open Wednesdays are coming

LocalGov Digital is launching Open Wednesdays, an online unconference for local government.

LocalGov Digital’s Slack hosts daily discussion on wide variety of topics from our members. Building on this, Open Wednesdays offer another channel to come together to talk and share in real time.

Held on the third Wednesday of every month between 1pm and 2pm this unconference style event will be run through Zoom and give LocalGov Digital members and other working across the public sector a chance to come together to discuss the issues they’re interested in.

If you’d like to show and tell something you’ve been working on, ask advice about something you’re planning, run an idea or a concept past a group of peers, or just come along and listen then this event is for you.

The first event will be 1pm and 2pm on Wednesday 21 July. You can sign up below and please use the #openlgd to ask questions and discuss it.

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LocalGov Social Hangout launched

Last week we announced the launch of our COVID-19 channel on Slack, for local government digital practitioners to coordinate their efforts on Coronavirus.

This week we’re launching a trial of a LocalGov Social hangout, for LocalGov Digital members to drop into whenever they want.

You can access the hangout here.

With more and more people now in social isolation and further measures to lock down movement a possibility, it’s a space where people can drop into, or stay logged in all day, to talk about work or just for a social chat.

We’ll be monitoring its use over the next week, to see how it goes, so please do join in, if you feel it would help you.


New covid19 channel launched

Coronavirus or covid19 is now “the worst public health crisis for a generation” putting pressure not just on NHS services, but local public health, care, and ultimately other services too.

Digital practitioners working in local government are already being called on to publish information relating to Coronavirus, and in the coming weeks we may see the need for new digital services to capture and process information.

Because of this, LocalGov Digital has started a new #covid19 on its Slack team to allow digital practitioners to collaborate on their approaches to the challenges they may face.

Existing members can already access the channel here, whilst those wishing to join just need to sign up as a LocalGov Digital member with their email address.


Apply to join our Steering Group

You can to join our Steering Group below and applications close at 5pm on Friday 11 October.

For more information please read the news article on our website, ask any questions you have in our #sgquestions channel on Slack or tweet @localgovdigital

Steering Group Membership

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Join our steering group

LocalGov Digital is the network for digital practitioners working in and around local government in the UK.

We’re now looking for existing LocalGov Digital members to join our Steering Group, to help guide our future strategy and direction.

Our Steering Group currently has three vacancies and we’re looking for forward thinking, innovative people involved in the delivery of local public services to fill them.

The Steering Group meets once a month online, and our Annual General Meeting will be held in November this year. You will also need to spend a few hours a month overseeing LocalGov Digital initiatives.

If you’d like to help us shape the future of LocalGov Digital, we’re keen to hear from anyone working in local government who has a passion for re-designing and delivering better, cheaper digital services and has the time to devote to the role.

You can apply to join our Steering Group here, and applications close at 5pm on Friday 11 October. For more information please ask any questions you have in our #sgquestions channel on Slack or tweet @localgovdigital.


Pipeline reaches a century

Pipeline is LocalGov Digital’s collaboration platform for local government projects, and the latest iteration now hosts details of over 100 initiatives across the country. 

Changes to deliver the newest improvements were funded and managed by London Borough of Hackney and you can read more about their work here.

Pipeline is free to use, and open to anyone working in a council to include their projects to find potential collaborators or just to work in the open.

You can find Pipeline at


Ask Rishi

Rishi Sunak, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Local Government will be answering your questions on LocalGov Digital’s Slack Team this Tuesday 24th July at 1pm.

If haven’t already joined LocalGov Digital you can become a member here which gives you access to our Slack Team, and put your questions live to Rishi.


Join our Steering Group

Please note: The deadline for applications was midnight on Monday 26 February 2017

Earlier this year we announced the biggest changes to LocalGov Digital since its inception. We adopted a formal constitution which means our Steering Group will consist of fifteen officers.

Now we’re now looking for people to join us, to help guide the future strategy and direction for the network.

Our Steering Group has three vacancies and we’re looking forward thinking, innovative people involved in the delivery of local public services to fill them. The Steering Group meets online once a month, and our Annual General Meeting is held in September.

We have two general and one specific role (Treasurer) vacant.

If you’d like to help us shape the future of LocalGov Digital, we’re keen to hear from anyone working in local government who has a passion for re-designing and delivering better, cheaper digital services.

For more information please email [email protected] or tweet @localgovdigital.



Notwestminster 2018

LocalGov Digital is proud to support Notwestminster, a free event for everyone who has something positive to say about local democracy and anyone who is up for the challenge of making it better, on 16th & 17th February at The Media Centre, in Huddersfield.

Main event – Saturday 17th  February

The Notwestminster main event includes participant-led workshops, lightning talks, creative activities and lots of opportunities for making contact with others who are interested in in local democracy, citizen engagement, open data and civic tech.Workshops include open government, local problem-solving forums, learning from One Team Government, involving young people in democracy and lots more.

Democracy Maker Day – Friday 16th February

Hosted by Democracy Club and the Notwestminster network, this is an opportunity to get involved in practical projects to strengthen our local democracy, with a particular focus on elections and voting, hustings, democratic content and decision-making in councils.

PechaKucha Night – Friday 16th February

The special Notwestminster PechaKucha Night will feature a series of fun and informative, quick-fire presentations from members of the Notwestminster network and our friends.

Tickets and more info

To find out more and book your free tickets please visit:

Notwestminster 2018

Democracy Maker Day 2018

Notwestminster PechaKucha Night


Coming up in 2018

2018 will see the biggest changes to LocalGov Digital since its inception in 2012. To date the network has achieved some amazing things including creating the Local Government Digital Service Standard, launching Pipeline, our pilot platform to aid cross sector collaboration, and organising LocalGovCamp, the UK’s biggest annual unconference for Local Government.

Whilst our existence as a loose cohort for collaboration has had its benefits, it’s also been a limiting factor to moving on the the next phase of helping councils deliver better, cheaper services. To address this we’re changing three things

We’ve adopted a constitution

On 14th December 2017 our Steering Group adopted a constitution and LocalGov Digital is now an unincorporated association. This means we can accept funding for projects or other work we might undertake or commission. You can read the full constitution here.

We’re now a membership based organisation

Being an unincorporated association means we can introduce formal membership. In the past how you become part of LocalGov Digital has been a bit of a mystery. Membership will be on an individual basis and open to anyone who has an interest in improving local public services. We’ll be releasing more about this soon.

We’ll be looking for people to join our Steering Group

Our Steering Group provides the strategy and direction for the network. Our new constitution states it should consist of 15 members, which means it currently has vacancies. We’ll be releasing information about how you can apply to join the Steering Group soon.

These changes won’t affect your access to anything we’ve created already, nor are we planning to charge for anything we create in the future.

If you’d like more information please get in touch by emailing [email protected], tweet us @localgovdigital, or if you work in Local Government join our Slack Team.