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Ben Cheetham · local gov digital

Launch of the Local Digital Declaration

It feels like a long time coming, but today the Local Digital Declaration was formally launched at the LGA Conference. You can read more about it on the new Local Digital website but in summary it’s a statement of intent around local public services that has been co-published by 40 organisations including the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and a number of local authorities including both Kingston and Sutton.

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LocalGovCamp 2017 is coming

We’re now deep into organising this year’s LocalGovCamp which is being held over 2 days on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th of September at Bristol City Hall.

LocalGovCamp is a free event organised by volunteers who work in or around local government for people who care about making better public services. Often the focus of the event is around digital but that doesn’t mean technology, social media or marketing. Everyone is welcome from councillors and senior leaders, to council or voluntary sector staff or to individuals who just want to help. This mix of people is one of the things that makes the event so interesting for me.

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Reflections on working in local government transformation

Today marks 6 months since I left Guildford Borough Council as the IT developer in the Business Transformation Team and moved to work in the shared service for Royal Borough of Kingston and London Borough of Sutton as their Digital Service Design Lead.

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Going Google at work

As many of you will know, I’m a big fan of Google products - I’m on my second Nexus phone (Nexus 5X) and use G Suite (née Google Apps) for my personal email, calendar and word processing etc. I particularly love Inbox and it’s ability to snooze emails to a future date/time or when I arrive at a specific location.

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