Whitehall urged to create £4m fund to boost councils’ use of data

Embedding data scientists in councils would help them make the best use of their data – Photo credit: PA In its report, Wise Council, the innovation agency and think tank Nesta called on the Government Digital Service and the Department for Communities and Local Government to make a bigger commitment to data-sharing in local government. Local authorities, it said, sit in “the middle of a web of information”, from social care to waste collection, council tax to planning applications, and should make much better use of it. This would improve services by making them more targeted and allowing councils to allocate resources to the right place and at the right time, ensuring they have the biggest impact while taking the pressure off over-stretched areas. “The need to do this has…


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