Thirty-four councils are to share £560,000 of funding for 20 digital solutions aimed at improving the integration of data on social care, health and troubled families.
The chosen schemes should be developed so that they can be reused by other councils in the future.
Funding is provided by the Local Government Association (LGA), a politically-led, cross-party organisation that calls itself the "national voice of local government".
Councils will receive the funding to tackle problems they had already been working on. A total of 111 bids were made, but only 20 were successful.
All of the councils are using the money for different types of projects. Bournemouth is working to integrate data across the council, while Wigan is developing a single view of a child's record, and Northumberland is supporting the development of a cloud-based public health portal using real-time data.
Bexley is developing a data analytics system to link its existing employment and skills management information system with housing and troubled families' data to tackle financial exclusion, while Lewisham is working on an app for adult social care and Blackpool is creating a social care financial assessment app.
Councillor David Simmonds, chairman of the LGA's improvement and innovation board, explained that the idea is to build on the good work already displayed by councils in using digital tools and approaches to transform public services.
"Local government has made huge progress in enabling residents to carry out transactions online. Councils now need to build on this good work and use digital technology to help deliver more efficient services to manage rising demand and expectations from residents," he said.
"Councils have championed the use of new technology as it emerges, and we have highlighted opportunities for central and local government to share digital platforms for common online transactions, such as payments, as part of joining up how we deliver citizen- and business-focused public services."
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