LocalGov Drupal is a community of digital leaders, developers, and content designers from local councils all across the UK.
We work together to produce a best practice web publishing platform that is freely available to all participating councils. It helps councils to deliver a better digital experience for their citizens while at the same time saving money for vital frontline services.
398 UK councils are each rebuilding their main websites every 3-5 years. The user needs are largely the same, but councils don’t swap notes or collaborate, instead creating expensive standalone solutions to shared problems. LocalGov Drupal is the antidote to this.
It's not just for a particular 'type' of council. Here are case studies of how councils with different resources and needs are using LocalGov Drupal.
Co-creating a public asset for the 21st Century
The LocalGov Drupal platform is a public digital asset, created by councils and for councils. As more councils participate the greater its value. This stretches beyond simply the platform itself and into our shared pool of user research and expertise.
Our community understands the need to deliver high quality, user friendly services for the public, while managing tight budgets. We estimate that using LocalGov Drupal will reduce the cost of building a new council website by up to 80% (depending on the extras a council wishes to add). More on the costs and business case for moving to the LGD platform.
Improving Service Delivery
Council websites built on our platform follow best practice guidelines on all our pages. This gives service users a fantastic digital experience.
Many of our content formats and patterns are based on Government Digital Service standards. Everything we’ve built is based on user research and tried and tested by the public sector. For example our step by step pages use GOV.UK concepts and styles.
The LocalGov Drupal base theme is lightweight, WCAG AA accessible and responsive, reducing the need for citizens to call council operatives by making what they need easy to find and use.
In addition, our participating councils are swapping ideas and best practice tips all the time. Collaboration helps us to do a better job for our citizens.
We always think long-term and are creating council websites on a platform that will stand the test of time.
Being part of a group of sector leading developers means that you’ll never get left behind.
We also regularly update the platform with the latest security updates.
Control over your website
Members of our community have complete control over their websites. The code is generic enough for councils to use with ease and adaptable enough to create unique websites.
For content designers and managers this means they can easily make content changes and quickly react to needs of the public and elected representatives.
For developers this means that they can add functionality as needed, but also gain features that have been worked on collectively.
How it works
LocalGov Drupal is not a supplier, we do not carry out development work for councils. There are a number of great suppliers that have worked on LGD and are available to hire, and/or you can bring in your own agency or supplier.
Adding new functionality is often a collaborative effort. Participating councils work together to develop new features and functionality. Councils jointly decide on a product roadmap of what new functionality to add based on user research and data. Councils can also create features outside of the roadmap which may be brought into the the main platform for all to use.
Choose your level of commitment
The code for the LGD platform is available to take and use as you wish, but the greatest benefits are to be had from participating.
Councils who join the project agree to commit some time to further the aims of the organisation. We also ask for commitment from participants with certain skills, including:
- Dedicated developer time
- Management / admin time
- User research
- Product management
Find out more about how we work.
LocalGov Drupal is transitioning from a publicly funded project to a self funded limited company by April 2023.
As part of this, we're asking councils and Drupal suppliers to consider paying membership fees, with amounts based on their ability to pay. Our code will always remain open source, and free for anyone to download and use. Membership fees will bring additional benefits as outlined in the Business Plan which you can view here.
If you would like to find out more or have any questions just drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always happy to chat about LocalGov Drupal, provide a demo of the platform, or show how councils are using it.