Defra, DCLG and LGA have been working closely together over the past 18 months to find a suitable solution to the new burden on local authorities in England created by INSPIRE Annex III data publishing. The new burden means that data which falls under INSPIRE Annex III must be published in a way which meets requirements set out in the INSPIRE Directive. Defra has now confirmed it will be making grant payments to eligible local authorities in England under Section 31 of the Local Government Act 2003 to enable local authorities to implement their own publishing solution, Defra has written to Local Authorities to this effect.
Local authorities may contact suppliers to help them to implement a solution if they have not already done so. We would like to remind potential suppliers to government that the preferred route to procure ICT services is through the G-Cloud, the 5th G-cloud procurement is to be launched soon please take some time to consider bidding see http://gcloud.civilservice.gov.uk/.
Our contact details are:
Local Government Association: INSPIRE@local.gov.uk
Defra INSPIRE team: email@example.com
Current UK INSPIRE guidance is available at