Winner: Stockport MBC – Digital by Design Programme
Faced with successive budget cuts of £100m since 2010, Stockport had to deliver services more efficiently while meeting increasing demand. It invested £7.4m in its Digital by Design programme creating the capabilities needed to fundamentally transform the council. This included increased digital self-serve, creating digital tools to give staff a more joined-up view of residents and using technology to keep people better informed and connected. Digital by Design has seen a steady increase in people contacting the council online, now accounting for some 60% of contacts. Some 15,000 people have joined My Account to access services with a single sign-on.
Judges’ comments: Our judges felt this programme could evidence significant transformation owned both corporately and throughout the council. It showed innovative developments with enthusiasm, energy and commitment.
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