The bigger picture

This week has been a big one for Digital First: delivering our first apps, getting a mention at the Brighton & Hove Budget Council and presenting an overview of our project plan to the Member Oversight Group.

As with every agile team, we’re learning all the time. We’re getting better at looking ahead, breaking down silos and putting our users first.

It’s worth remembering the challenges councils across the country face. Our Executive Director of Finance & Resources, David Kuenssberg, explains the bigger picture on the council’s new Leadership blog.

We’re proud to play our part. As my old boss used to say: “Onwards!”

The GOV.UK Verify pilot

Since October last year, we’ve been working with the Verify team at the Government Digital Service (GDS) on a pilot project to streamline our parking permits service.

If you’ve not heard of Verify, it’s fast becoming the way UK citizens prove their identity when using government services online. You can read more about Verify here.

We’re excited about Verify’s potential uses across Brighton & Hove. Our citizens and businesses want to do more online, and cut out the need to visit us in person. Verify is a good example of how we can do hard work behind the scenes to make things simpler for our users.

This is why I’ve got some sad news. Late last week we decided to postpone our work with Verify, with a view to resuming later in the year.

In short, it’s a great project but currently the timing isn’t right for us. Our Digital First team has a lot to deliver this year. For example, we have a lot of big programmes of work in Adult Social Care and Cityclean. We’re also working with our Parking colleagues on a virtual permits service, which stands to benefit from a tie up with Verify at a later date.

We still want to be involved in Verify, so we’ll still be attending some of their events, such as Show & Tells. We’ll also be cheering on colleagues from 13 other councils as they continue to work with GDS on the #VerifyLocal pilots. Good luck to all!

Shiny new blog!

Now that we’re a bigger team, in a new building and blogging a lot more, we figured these pages needed a bit of a spruce up.

So behold, the new look of our Digital First blog. And it comes with an easier to remember web address: https://digitalfirst.blog

We’ve also tidied up our categories and tags to make information about our projects and ways of working much easier to find.

Thanks to Steve, Nora and Annie for their hard work on this. About two hours development time and the same again in thinking time. We’re hoping to do more rapid-fire projects as the need arises.

Comments and suggestions are always welcome. Please post below or drop us a line.