Why the Local Digital Declaration matters to Stockport

The Local Digital Declaration is a set of guiding principles to help Local Authorities to deliver digital services to citizens.

Why the Local Digital Declaration matters to Stockport

On July 4th the Local Digital Declaration was launched which sets out the guiding principles that will help support local authorities to deliver digital services that meet the needs of citizens.

The key principles include designing with users in mind and creating an open learning culture that encourages local authorities to share learning. These are the principles that have been guiding Stockport Council’s digital programme for a number of years and this is why we were involved in the drafting of this declaration.
Councillor Elise Wilson, Cabinet Member for Reform and Governance at Stockport Council says: “People are at the heart of everything we do in our Digital by Design programme. The people who develop the services in our digital teams, those who deliver them at the front line and the residents who use them to support their lives. We may be delivering new technology but our end goal is to use digital to improve the customer experience.”

Digital transformation is a complex, expensive and time consuming activity and local authorities are all faced with reducing budgets. The declaration encourages public bodies to work together in the future and pool local authority collective ability and resources to better effect for all.

Cllr Wilson adds: “We already open-source our new digital capabilities so that they can be reused by other organisations and we frequently share our learning experiences. In September we will open our doors with the launch of our Open Days, which will offer regular opportunities for other public bodies to see what we have done and how we are doing it.”

Find out more about Stockport Council’s digital programme and Open Days updates in our Digital Stockport blog.

Find out more about the Local Authority Digital Declaration on their website.