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Socitm rules out single 'localgov.uk' website

Kable - Public sector managers group says idea of one local government website "ill-conceived", but backs common platform for tools and applications. 

Public sector IT and digital leaders group Socitm has warned against attempting to create a local government version of Gov.UK.

The idea of creating a single 'localgov.uk'site that brings together information and services for all local government users in the same way that Gov.UK does for central government, is "ill-conceived", says the group.

Socitm says that although the idea sounds attractive, on closer inspection the single local government website concept is "deeply flawed" because:

- Local authorities are independent, democratically accountable bodies. Citizens and businesses pay taxes and other charges to consume services delivered by their local authority. A direct, digitally enabled relationship with the accountable body and its elected representatives is therefore essential