Local Governments Awarded ICT Transformation Funds

Apr 03, 2014

Yesterday it was announced that 13 councils have been given access to £6m fund to aid them in their digital transformations through the Transformation Challenge Award.

Within the next two years, an additional £320m will be made available in direct funding and capital receipt flexibility.

“Ambitious authorities have shown how local partnerships and a complete redesign of services around individuals, not organisations, can mean better outcomes for people,” claimed Brandon Lewis, local government minister.

Councils receiving the awards include Plymouth City Council, Maidstone Borough Council and East Sussex County Council.

Plymouth will be receiving £500,000 for shared ICT services, while Maidstone has been awarded £100,000 for ICT improvements.

A further £420,000 is going to Sussex and will be split between ICT reforms and a property sharing plan.

These three councils missed out on the £6m from the same programme that was made available in January this year.

Other successful councils are the Vale of White Horse, Havering, Hampshire, Taunton Deane, Cheltenham, Blackburn with Darwen, Central Bedfordshire, West Suffolk, Westminster and Kingston upon Thames.

Funding To Continue In The Future

The bidding process for the next round of the award has already opened and deadlines for 2014-2016 will be announced in due course.

In total, £120m will be award from government pockets, with £200m worth of capital receipt flexibility in 2015-2016.

This news comes as part of a wider Whitehall announcement that claims the government will be spending £410m on local authorities that “put people first.”

Some of this funding will be delivered to local councils in order to help them develop the Public Services Network (PSN).

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