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‘It's never gone this well!’ – council service teams on building their own IT

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Kate Hurr, Digital Manager at Cumbria County Council, describes colleagues’ enthusiasm for creating digital services in-house.

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The Council’s ‘low-code’ approach to building new digital services is not about replacing the large council systems that sit at the core of highways, planning or social care management.

Rather its about redesigning the ‘bits around the edge’ (technical term), in order to create new or better online services for customers or staff, without having to procure these from the same source. Or to replace online systems – say Blue Badge applications – that might have previously been bought in from another third party IT supplier.

Availability of a low-code platform means that Kate’s digital services team can work closely with service managers to co-design services and then build them in-house without the need for developers.

Very short feedback loops speed up the development process – something that might have taken four months in the past can now be done in four weeks – and fine tuning once launched can be done really quickly because everything is done in-house.

Although the council is committed to keeping other channels open, given Cumbria’s rural ‘not-spots’ and its ageing population, shift to online from recent projects on skips and scaffolding licensing and complaints have been impressive.

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