The UK government's Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill aims to revolutionise regeneration across the country. As currently planned, the Bill will offer new funding for housing and infrastructure, and give authorities more control over their budgets and transport systems. The accompanying Levelling-Up Fund is one of five ongoing funding initiatives designed to help authorities boost their local economies.
But this new flexibility comes after a period of unprecedented spending - the pandemic cost local authorities £11.9 in additional costs and lost income, according to one estimate - and amid a cost of living crisis.
This means that while local authorities must be poised to capture opportunities to innovate, they must do with so with extreme cost discipline.
This webinar, produced in partnership with VMware, will investigate how the levelling agenda impacts IT service provision among local authorities and how an effective approach to cloud computing can help them balance flexibility and cost.
- Pete Swabey, Editor-in-Chief, Tech Monitor (Chair)
- Joseph Langford, Head of Strategy, UK&I, VMware
- Martyn Wallace, Chief Digital Officer, Scottish Local Government Digital Office