The region’s largest council has signed a Local Digital Declaration, committing to deliver better value for money in the internet age.

Durham County Council joins a number of local authorities and public sector organisations to have pledged to work together to improve digital services for citizens, as part of an initiative promoted by the UK Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, and the Government Digital Service.

Cllr Joy Allen, Cabinet member for transformation, signed the declaration on behalf of Durham County Council, promising to work towards a number of shared objectives, including designing services that best meet the needs of citizens, challenging the technology market to offer flexible tools and services, protecting citizens’ privacy and security and delivering better value for money.

Cllr Allen said: “There are new digital tools and advances in technology being made all the time. By signing this declaration we are promising to use these resources, along with the knowledge we can gain from sharing information with other local authorities, to transform our services for the benefit of the public. As signatories of the Local Digital Declaration we will also be able to apply for additional funding to improve our current digital services further.”

Further information about the Local Digital Declaration is available at