July 14, 2022

Webinar review: The Case for Local Authority Digital Champions

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As part of our campaign calling on the Government to fund Digital Champions for local authorities we hosted a webinar, in partnership with the Local Government Association, on 13 July inviting representatives from local authorities across the UK to discuss key issues.

The webinar brought together representatives from 26 local authorities to hear from a panel including Heather Clarke (City of Wolverhampton Council), John Gravett (Cluttons), Lesley Holt (WM5G) and Cllr Tom Cunningham (Essex County Council).  

The session started with an address from the LGA’s Digital Champion Councillor Mark Hawthorne, who explained that digital champions are critical to our communities and highlighting how the national body was supporting them to help the rollout of mobile infrastructure and to tackle issues around digital exclusion.

John Gravett, Partner at property consultancy Cluttons, presented findings from the organisation’s own Connecting The UK report. He explained that funding is a huge barrier to UK connectivity and discussed why it is important that the UK Government invests to support the critical rollout of 5G.

Our Director of Policy and Communications, Gareth Elliott, hosted the panel discussion on a range of subjects including funding constraints which explains why digital champions are not commonplace; the barriers faced in setting up these roles; and the need for central Government investment to enable more widespread use of digital champions.

Panellists (Left to right: Cllr Tom Cunningham, Heather Clarke, Gareth Elliott, Lesley Holt, and John Gravett)

The event sparked debate and discourse around Digital Champions which we look forward to seeing develop further.  

We will be releasing video highlights next week, keep an eye out on our socials.  

Mobile UK is campaigning for Digital Champions and is calling for the Government to make funds available at the next Budget this Autumn. For more information about the campaign please read our report Building Mobile Britain: The Case for Local Authority Digital Champions and click on our campaign website here.

About Building Mobile Britain

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Building Mobile Britain is a campaign created by Mobile UK seeking to work with national and local government, as well as interested industry groups to overcome the challenges we face with expanding the existing mobile networks, while also developing innovative services for customers.

See here for further information - or #BuildingMobileBritain

Media Contacts

Gareth Elliott
Head of Policy and Communications
Tel: 07887 911 076

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