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How the Local Land Charges Advisory Board is improving our service

HM Land Registry’s Local Land Charges (LLC) Programme is transforming 314 local authority LLC registers across England into a central digital service. This eliminates local variations in price, speed and format, providing 24/7 access to LLC data. With 12 live local authorities on the register, gathering feedback and learning migration lessons is an...
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Service transformation, not just iteration

One of the great things about stepping into the product manager role on a service you have worked with for years is that you already know all the problems. You don't have to worry about doing any more time-consuming research – you can just crack on with building the service. Just kidding. In the words of Dr Manhattan, “Nothing ever ends”. Despite r...
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MHCLG looking for DDaT professionals for a new Birmingham HQ

MHCLG Digital Jobs The Digital Directorate in MHCLG is still less than three years old but things are going from strength to strength. As Chief Digital Officer, I am particularly proud of what we’ve achieved in this time: we are the highest rated digital function in government, as voted for by senior managers in our departments, and the most improv...
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Launching the Energy Performance of Buildings Register

After months spent rebuilding the Energy Performance of Buildings Register, our team had an exciting weekend launching 2 new services:  Getting a new energy certificate Find an energy certificate  Here’s a rundown of our day from inside the launch bubble:  Preparing to go live At 8.30am on Sunday morning, the first shift of the support team gathere...
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Creating a framework for designing consultations  

MHCLG and Policy Lab hosted consultative events that fed into the Social Housing Green Paper. Recently, MHCLG Digital was asked by a policy director to help their team design a better consultation. What do we mean by better? One that is more engaging, wide-reaching and produces more useful insights. We had an MHCLG precedent for this – our Social H...
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Key findings and recommendations from the cyber security discovery

The Local Digital Collaboration Unit Cyber team has come to the end of a two-month discovery into cyber security at local authorities. The purpose of the discovery was to investigate how MHCLG might support local authorities to reduce the incidence and impact of cyber attacks, and support sustainable cyber health. During a short exploration phase e...
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Two years of fixing the plumbing: celebrating ‘Digital Declaration Month’

In July, the Local Digital Collaboration Unit celebrated the second anniversary of the Local Digital Declaration. We hosted a month-long celebration to thank our signatories and partners for all their hard work and promoted some of the amazing digital stories that have taken place over the past 2 years. In this blog post, we’ll touch on some of the...
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We’ve funded 11 collaborative projects through the Local Digital COVID-19 Challenge

The Local Digital Collaboration Unit at MHCLG is delighted to announce the 11 projects that will be awarded funding through the Local Digital COVID-19 Challenge. This special edition of the Local Digital Fund was launched to support data and digital projects to help local authorities in England with their COVID-19 recovery and renewal efforts. The ...
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Celebrating two years of the Local Digital Declaration

In this post, Ben Cheetham, Cyber and Technology Lead at the Local Digital Collaboration Unit, reflects on 2 years of the Local Digital Declaration. Share your story with us by using the hashtag #LocalDigital2Years and tagging @LDgovUK in your posts. --- It’s been 2 years since the launch of the Local Digital Declaration (wow, where has the time go...
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