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
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.
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.
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.