Bridging the digital gulf in planning
According to a blog post by the Government Digital Service (GDS) last year there’s still a gulf between the digital ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’.
The GDS reported that ”there are around 9.2 million adults in the UK who have never used the internet; many of these are among the vulnerable and disadvantaged in our society”.
The Government is looking at how to deal with this through its ‘Assisted Digital’ programme and by ensuring that government services are ‘Digital by Default’.
At the Portal, we’re also interested in how ‘Assisted Digital’/'Digital by Default’ may change what we do and how.
We already have a target that 80 per cent of all planning applications should be submitted online by 2015.
I’m interested in views on how ‘assisted digital’ relates to the planning industry and the Portal, any examples of where its already working (in planning or elsewhere) and any ideas you may have for how the Portal might support this.
As always, please let me know your views by adding a comment below.