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Sprint Notes #54

18 August 2022–31 August 2022

Welcome to Sprint Notes #54! In this issue, find out how we’re working with councils to help establish a cyber resilience standard for local government, hear from the Local Digital team at an upcoming event, and view the progress of our funded projects.

News from the team

We’re working with councils to set a clear cyber resilience standard for local government

We’re excited to announce that this Autumn, the Local Digital team will be partnering with a small cohort of councils to help establish a clear and comprehensive cyber resilience standard for local government in England.

We’ll be exploring how local authorities should use the National Cyber Security Centre’s Cyber Assessment Framework (CAF) to assess and improve their cyber resilience. This will include looking at which outcomes councils should prioritise, as well as the practicalities involved in carrying out the assessment, to help build a better picture of what good cyber resilience means for a local authority and how DLUHC can support the sector to get there.

Find out more about the pilot in our latest blog post, as well as the work we’re already doing to help councils improve their cyber health and resilience.

LocalGovCamp — Thursday 29 September 2022, from 9am to 5pm

Join us at LocalGovCamp

This year, LocalGovCamp22 (a PSDTF event) will be a one-day in-person event focusing on collaboration, successful service transformation and how technologies and different ways of working can help local authorities to support their citizens. The day will consist of interactive workshops, unconference sessions and networking activities.

Come along to hear from members of the Local Digital team about what we’ve learnt from the Local Digital Roadshows and the next steps for our cyber and digital programmes.

Give a lightning talk on your funded project

Local Digital will be hosting sessions at LocalGov Camp and would love for you to get involved. If your funded project is interested in giving a lightning talk as part of a session, please email campaigns@localdigital.gov.uk

Find out more and register to attend.

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News from our funded projects

Future Work Design (East Riding of Yorkshire)

Following their Method Testing Workshop on Wednesday 17 August, the team have decided on the digital risk management tool they want to proceed with. The technical team will begin the process of developing the tool, whilst Fiona (Occupational Psychologist, University of Hull) writes an end of phase report detailing how the project team made their final decisions.

Task management for neighbourhood planning services (Colchester Borough Council)

The Task Smart App has now been rolled out to most of the Neighbourhood Teams. Positive feedback has been received from services, with just a few issues identified around devices and user needs. The next step is to test ‘Response to Inspection of Trees and Dangerous Trees’ as these are time bound tasks.

Following the user acceptance testing (UAT), the aim is to roll-out the app to the Greening Team and also to complete internal testing. Once happy with the functionality, the Task Smart app will be released to pilot users. The team is aiming to start the pilot on 10 October.

Preview of the Task Smart app (Colchester Borough Council)

Housing Repairs Service (City of Lincoln Council)

Image source: https://www.lincoln.gov.uk/

The Housing Repairs Service project team is pleased to announce a partnership with NEC. During the current delivery phase, the development team will work with NEC to deliver integration with their NEC Housing system.

A key task will be to agree a workflow for the integration. To ensure that the Housing Repairs Service meets the needs of the sector, the team would like to validate this work with local authorities.

If you are interested in participating in the validation exercise, please contact the team on the below link. The team is particularly keen to hear from current NEC customers to discuss their current online repairs offer.

Income Management System (Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council)

The release of the open source version of the LocalGov IMS on the project’s GitHub repository has been covered in an article by UK Authority.

In the article, Glen Conroy (ICT Operations Manager, Dorset Council) states, “Local Gov IMS will help the smooth running of processes in any council, ensuring the flow of payments from citizens and around the council is seamless and efficient.”

Read the full article.

A tweet from @UKAuthority about the Income Management System

Greenwich Community Directory (Royal Borough of Greenwich)

The Royal Borough of Greenwich are looking for local authorities who want to join forces and build a reusable community directory product that better meets the needs of residents, service providers and staff.

They’re on a mission to make it easier for residents to understand and connect to the support available in their local community. But they don’t want to do this alone.

Find out more in their latest blog post.

That’s it for this sprint, thanks for reading! For the daily download on all things #LocalDigital, be sure to follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and the DLUHC Digital Blog.

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