Decision details

Digital Strategy

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To agree a County Council Digital Strategy.
This strategy will set out the Council’s approach to using digital technology in the provision of services and the approach to supporting digital access and inclusion.


Cabinet considered a report from the Corporate Director – Environment and Community Services which presented the draft Digital Strategy for approval which set out the County Council’s ambition to develop electronic solutions that meet the needs and aspirations of the people of Cumbria. The strategy outlined the aspirations to move more transactional functions to an online platform to help the whole population access the information and services in the most effective way.


The strategy was critical to the transformation of services across the organisation and in local areas.  Implementation of this strategy was pivotal to the Council delivering value for money services and realising the efficiency savings it required, exploiting the benefits of technology and supporting local growth. Greater use of technology underpinned the levers of change required for the Council to continue to provide essential services efficiently and effectively while meeting the increasingly difficult financial challenge.


The Cabinet Member for Fire, Public Safety and Central Support Services confirmed that he had attended one of a number of digital inclusion events which had been held to help members of the public get online which would help in giving them access to the benefits provided by superfast broadband.


The Deputy Leader asked whether the Council could be confident that the strategy would embrace the learning opportunities such as offered by BT as part of the Connecting Cumbria Programme.  The Assistant Director Business Services confirmed that the strategy had been developed with stakeholders and there would be further work with partners to maximise the benefits of superfast broadband and its take up by the community.


RESOLVED,that the Digital Strategy 2015-18 be approved.

Report author: Nick Thomas

Publication date: 28/07/2015

Date of decision: 23/07/2015

Decided at meeting: 23/07/2015 - Cabinet

Effective from: 05/08/2015

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