Sunderland City Council has been chosen by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to help lead the national initiative to develop the use of online technology to deliver better services to residents.

SUNDERLAND HAS ONCE AGAIN BEEN CHOSEN to help lead the digital revolution to provide people with better digital access to services.

Sunderland City Council is one of the local authorities signed up for the Government's Local Digital Declaration, which pledges funding and support to the councils and public sector bodies involved.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Local Digital initiative is a nation-wide movement established to help councils with digital projects that can be used by others.

All those signed up to the Declaration are asked to share ideas, and publish experiences and examples of on-going, successful work in their individual areas.

As part of that process Sunderland has been awarded £77,000 through the Local Digital Fund to work with a number of other councils.

The additional funding will help Sunderland City Council further develop a 'tell us once' on-line service for new and existing residents who are moving home.

This means that in the future, residents will only have to provide their details once to update and access a wide range of council services such as Council Tax, Electoral Services, Parking and Environmental Services.

Sunderland City Council Cabinet Secretary, Councillor Paul Stewart said: "We can all be proud that once again Sunderland has once again been chosen by the Government as an 'Exemplar' to lead this nation-wide initiative in technological change.                 
"Making best use of existing digital technology, and looking at new ways to develop it to help us meet our residents' needs, has always been at the forefront of our approach.

"This latest Government funding and recognition signal that approach continues to bear fruit, and that this process will continue not just to help people here in Sunderland but across the country, as we all share our ideas on how to improve our services." 

More information is available at https://localdigital/