When the beta of GOV.UK was released, it naturally provoked a huge number of questions from people working in local as well as central government.
We’ve written before on this blog about how important local services are to GOV.UK so I was delighted to be asked to give the keynote speech at the Really Useful Day event over at DCLG. The second of these events, it is a gathering of digital people from local authorities around the country and the theme of today’s was linking GOV.UK and local services.
As well as talking about the genesis of GOV.UK and GDS, I gave a live demonstration of local services on the site. As one of my colleagues pointed out, this was a brave move, although luckily in this case, the technology was on my side.
Thanks to Abby Rudland, Sheenagh Reynolds, Louise Russell and team for organising the event and giving us the chance to connect with some great people. Collaboration and engagement across the public sector are vital to the aims of GDS. Today’s event marked the first stage of, hopefully, a long-term collaboration with our digital peers across local government.
You can follow today’s event on Twitter using the hashtag #ReallyUsefulDay