Responsible AI

Helping boroughs be ambitious and responsible users of AI to improve how they function.

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Local authorities are keen to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to improve how they function. There are potentially huge gains to make for local authorities, including on the individual productivity of staff, the overall redesign and reimagination of services and service delivery, cost savings for authorities, and improving our relationship with residents.

LOTI also recognises that to be ambitious with AI also means being ambitious in navigating our specific responsibilities as local authorities.  In particular, this means considering how we get the balance right around issues like transparency, trust, ethics and information governance.

To do this, LOTI are developing a programme of work around Responsible AI to help our boroughs be more ambitious users of AI. This LOTI project will respond to the needs identified by our members, in particular around bringing together and sharing ideas and case studies, developing skills, as well as developing common approaches and understandings to using AI better.

Upcoming LOTI AI Meetup, 10th October 2023

LOTI are running a first AI Meetup for officers who want to meet other local government officers working with AI. The session will involve short presentations from organisations within local government and beyond who are already working to deploy AI, plus opportunities to meet colleagues and discuss topics of interest.

Register for the AI Meetup on Eventbrite.



Guidance on Generative AI

LOTI have created four resources to initially guide local authorities to make sure they are able to confidently approach aspects of Generative AI.

Project Timeline

Blog: 10 ideas for a roadmap of responsible AI in local government

In this blog, LOTI Researcher and Data Ethicist Sam Nutt sets out his vision for 10 ideas and activities that local authorities might want to take to become better uses of generative AI in the coming years.

Blog: The State of Play of AI in Local Government

In this blog, Sam Nutt summarises the findings of LOTI research and collaborations undertaken during the Summer of 2023 into generative AI in local government.


LOTI launches Gen AI Guidance for Local Authorities

LOTI have created four resources, including a ‘State of Play’ research report, to help guide staff and senior leaders in local authorities with their initial use of Generative AI.


Survey Launch: Generative AI in Local Government

LOTI launched our initial research into Generative AI in local government in the Summer of 2023. This has now closed. Read the blog post detailing the initial launch of the survey.

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Project Kick-off

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