Austerity continues to form the backdrop of UK local government. If this was not enough, councils are also trying to cope with digital disruption, having to constantly rethink not just how they operate, but fundamentally what they do. This is both a challenging and exciting future for local government authorities. It is challenging because there is an endless list of difficult and complex problems to keep tackling with limited resources such as waste management, reviving local economies, tackling unemployment, and reducing congestion. But it is also exciting in the sense that councils could become a key player in how emerging technologies can be used for the benefit of the public, which in turn leads to a greater economical and societal impact.
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