National recognition for Leeds’ work to become a digital city
Leeds City Council has scooped digital council of the year at the 2019 Digital Leaders 100 awards for its work to improve digital tools, technology and inclusion in the city.
The annual awards celebrate the teams and individuals who are working hard behind the scenes to secure the UK’s digital transformation. The council also received a nomination for Digital Collaboration of the Year for the 100% Digital Leeds programme and the work with the Good Things Foundation which focuses on a major digital inclusion scheme across the city.
There are a number of programmes ongoing across the city that are using digital tools and technology to improve the outcomes for everyone. For example, Techmums clubs are helping women into employment and the council’s Careview app is helping to identify residents in need of support. Alongside this there is a growing digital inclusion network of third sector organisations helping people with everything from learning new skills, applying for work or benefits and reducing isolation by connecting them to friends, family and the wider community.
People and projects from across the council and partner organisations within the city have made the shortlist for a number of national awards in recent months and as a result of this ground breaking work, Leeds has been chosen to host two prestigious national conferences recently with GDS Sprint: Leeds, the government’s digital service showcase for digital transformation in 2019 and the main civil service policy conference -the Four Nations Policy Conference.
Councillor James Lewis, deputy leader of Leeds City Council said:
“I’m delighted to see that we are gaining national recognition for the work we are doing to achieve our ambition for Leeds as a digital city.
“Using a collaborative approach Leeds is leading the way and setting the standard in digital leadership, innovation and inclusion that other councils and other cities are following. This is especially true in our approach to health and wellbeing where we are seeing improved outcomes across a range of indicators. We are using technology to support adults with learning difficulties and disabilities to be more independent, to help people with dementia find more meaningful activities and to help people with long-term conditions to manage their health more effectively.
“But this isn’t just about growth. In Leeds, we are focused on putting people at the heart of our growth and this is reflected in our ambition to be a digital city where everyone can benefit from the advantages of a digital society and reach their full potential.”