Surrey County Council has awarded a contract to FutureGov for the development of social media apps to help it better engage with citizens.

The local authority revealed its plans to adopt social media to deliver public services more efficiently in a contract notice earlier this year.

Work that may be included under the contract include identifying opportunities for improvement through social media applications and designing, developing and testing social media applications.

The council currently uses social networking tool Twitter (@SurreyCouncil) to post news, events and job vacancies from the council.

FutureGov, a technology and social media consultancy, beat off competition from eight other suppliers to win the three-year contract, for which the lowest value offer was £1 million and the highest £4 million. The exact value of the contract has not been disclosed.

The supplier’s other local authority customers include Camden Council, with which it helped develop a social innovation and development fund.