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Government's digital innovation fund opens

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The government is to launch a £7.5m innovation fund on Monday that aims to help councils invest in new digital services.

Local authorities will be able to apply for grants of up to £100,000 to help develop projects that will benefit local services.

Local government minister Rishi Sunak said: “Digital innovation is re-shaping our lives, and many local authorities are at the forefront of embracing technology in ingenious ways to improve services for the public.

“Whether it’s an app to report fly-tipping, or a slick web solution to pay your council tax, we want to know the best ideas so we can help to make them happen.

“I would also like to encourage councils to sign up to our Local Digital Declaration, so we can all support each other and build on each other’s work to revolutionise public services.”

The fund was first announced at the Local Government Association conference in Birmingham in July, along with a Local Digital Declaration.

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