Latest Public Sector News


London Councils award £47m boost to improve digital infrastructure

London Councils has awarded £47m to fund major projects to improve digital infrastructure in the capital.

The £46.83m comes from the business rates retention scheme currently being piloted in London and will fund eight projects to boost economic growth in London.

The main focus is on digital infrastructure, with the projects including installing fast fibre-optic broadband connections in strategic locations, developing an Open Data Standard for planning applications and establishing an internet of things platform to gather data relevant to councils.

Over £11m will be spent on projects delivered by the West London Alliance to improve skills, productivity and digital investment in the area, including extending high speed fibre networks and targeting internet ‘not-spots.’

Nearly £8m will go to Local London for investment in fibre-optic broadband and £4m will go to the South London’s Internet of Things platform which will gather data such as air quality, traffic, footfall and parking space availability.

Cllr Peter Jones OBE, chair of London Councils, said: “London boroughs, the City of London Corporation and the mayor are determined to ensure that the business rates funding we receive delivers strategic benefits to London’s business community.

“Today’s announcement shows that we have our finger on the pulse in terms of what London needs – digital infrastructure worthy of a 21st century global city.”

London Councils represent the 32 boroughs of London and the City of London Corporation and, alongside the mayor, have argued for 100% business rates retention.

In 2017, they established the London Business Rates Pool in an agreement with central government, meaning 100% of any growth in business rates income above the baseline set by the government for the financial year 2018/19.

London’s chief digital officer, Theo Blackwell, said: “These investments reflect the mayor and the boroughs’ new city-wide commitment to improving digital connectivity.

“We are mobilising new investment to support businesses and citizens by working closely with councils to improve customer choice and target ‘not spots.’

“Our work together sets solid foundations for future 5G technologies in London, which will create new jobs and make London a smarter city.”

Other projects receiving funding include £8m to the South London innovation corridor, a £5,75m in the Productive Valley area of South Tottenham and a £3m Euston recruitment hub.


Enjoying PSE? Subscribe here to receive our weekly news updates or click here to receive a copy of the magazine!


There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment



public sector executive tv

more videos >

last word

The importance of openness after Grenfell

The importance of openness after Grenfell

Following the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy, Lord Porter, chairman of the LGA, argues that if the public are going to have faith in the safety testing process then everything must be out in the open more > more last word articles >

public sector focus

View all News


Camberley inspired: investment and regeneration

11/03/2019Camberley inspired: investment and regeneration

The decline of the Great British high street has been one of the greatest c... more >
Swindon's solar-powered recycling centre saves council cash

11/03/2019Swindon's solar-powered recycling centre saves council cash

Steve Cains, head of power solutions at Public Power Solutions, the wholly-... more >


Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

17/12/2018Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

One of the public sector’s key technology partners has recently welco... more >

the raven's daily blog

Councils Can: LGA launches Spending Review campaign

18/03/2019Councils Can: LGA launches Spending Review campaign

Lord Porter, chairman of the Local Government Association, outlines his organisation’s campaign to make sure local government tops to government’s list for this ye... more >
read more blog posts from 'the raven' >

editor's comment

25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

Devolution, restructuring and widespread service reform: from a journalist’s perspective, it’s never been a more exciting time to report on the public sector. That’s why I could not be more thrilled to be taking over the reins at PSE at this key juncture. There could not be a feature that more perfectly encapsulates this feeling of imminent change than the article James Palmer, mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, has penned for us on p28. In it, he highlights... read more >