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LGA unveils strategy to support successful IT service procurement

11.07.17: The LGA has today released its National Technological and Digital Procurement Category Strategy that will support councils make the right choices in procuring contracts for IT services. It will help authorities assist and promote value for...

Hand fines levelled at mobile operators to councils, LGA argues

07.07.17: Councils have today called on the government to give fines handed out to mobile operators for poor service or connectivity to local authorities. At the moment, fines given to companies by regulator Ofcom go back into the Treasury coffers &n...

The impact of the cyber security strategy on the public sector

26.06.17: Six months on from the announcement of the government’s National Cyber Security Strategy, Talal Rajab, head of programme – cyber and national security at techUK, analyses its approach so far and the extent of its impact on the public...

Birmingham council reveals ICT partnership to deliver £43m savings

23.06.17: A new partnership proposal that is expected to yield £43m worth of savings by 2020-21 for Birmingham City Council has been revealed. Plans that are due to go to the council’s cabinet on June 27 will keep core service contracts i...

Maximising scarce resources

23.06.17: Mick Endsor, a research associate at the International Centre for Security Analysis at King’s College London, explains why open source intelligence could be a valuable tool in the fight for public sector organisations to detect fraud and h...

Medway told to roll out data protection training urgently by ICO

14.06.17: A council has this week been given an enforcement notice to urgently improve the data protection training it offers to staff in a bid to tighten up standards. Medway Council in Kent has been given six months to roll out mandatory data prote...

HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

14.06.17: Mark Hall, Chief Assurance Officer at Redcentric, discusses NHS Digital’s project, the new Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) and what benefits it will deliver when it replaces the N3 national private network. In short, HSCN is the...

‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

14.06.17: Keith Smith, public sector business development manager at Virgin Media Business, tells PSE’s Luana Salles that health and social care organisations must kick-start the move to the Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) immediately in order...

Khan sets out plans to make London a world-leading ‘Smart City’

13.06.17: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan outlined ambitions to make London the world’s leading ‘smart city’ as he opened London Tech Week. At the launch, Khan said technology was essential to solving many of the biggest economic, social...

Council hit with £100,000 fine for data protection lapse

13.06.17: A council has this week been slapped with a £100,000 fine by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after a cyber-attack exposed sensitive personal information about its employees to hackers. Over 30,000 emails were downloa...

Council fined £150,000 after family’s sensitive data published online for six weeks

07.06.17: A council in Essex has been fined £150,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after it published sensitive information about a family. Basildon Borough Council was found guilty of breaching the Data Protection Act wh...

Almost all council websites now optimised for mobile devices

26.05.17: Almost all local councils have now repurposed their websites to present a responsive or mobile site when accessed on a smartphone. In a survey conducted in April and May 2017 by Better Connected, who analyse the digital performance of local...

G-Cloud 9: Choosing the right supplier for your cloud communications

24.05.17: James Passingham, chief technical officer at Foehn, a G-Cloud provider since 2012, reminds us it’s vital to choose a cloud phone system supplier that can also deliver expert advice and technical support. The arrival of G-Cloud 9 marks...

Councils call for tougher standards for broadband advertising

04.05.17: Local councils have today thrown their support behind a campaign designed to make advertising for broadband speed more transparent and honest for UK consumers. Responding to a consultation launched by the Committee of Advertising Practice (...

London Assembly seeking applicants for capital’s first chief digital officer

04.05.17: London Assembly has this week opened applications for the first chief digital officer in the capital. The digital officer will work in the Mayor’s Office convening GLA officials, the Smart London Board, local authorities and technolog...

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Watchdog slams local product recall systems as ‘not fit for purpose’

21/07/2017Watchdog slams local product recall systems as ‘not fit for purpose’

The UK has a “fragmented” product safety and recall system that is putting people’s lives in danger, a major consumer watchdog ... more >
Edinburgh region given £1.1bn boost to drive investment and inclusion

21/07/2017Edinburgh region given £1.1bn boost to drive investment and inclusion

A deal worth £1.1bn to drive investment and address inclusion in the Edinburgh and South-East Scotland area was yesterday signed by the UK ... more >
Council wins ‘landmark’ Supreme Court battle to recoup £1.3m licensing costs

21/07/2017Council wins ‘landmark’ Supreme Court battle to recoup £1.3m licensing costs

A London council has this week celebrated a landmark judgement which could see it recover up to £1.3m in regulatory and enforcement costs. ... more >

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15/06/2017Challenges remain

As PSE went to press, we were days away from finding out which political party or parties would be leading the country following Theresa May’s decision to call a snap general election for 8 June.  Whoever enters the door at No.10, irrelevant of their political colour, is faced with serious challenges, from social care to the NH... read more >

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National policies won’t fix local problems

National policies won’t fix local problems

Andrew Carter, the recently-appointed chief executive of Centre for Cities, argues that the new government will only succeed if it focuses on implementing policies that are adaptable to place-bas... more > more last word articles >
Watchdog slams local product recall systems as ‘not fit for purpose’

21/07/2017Watchdog slams local product recall systems as ‘not fit for purpose’

The UK has a “fragmented” product safety and recall system that is putting people’s lives in danger, a major consumer watchdog has this week warned. Findings from Which? st... more >
Edinburgh region given £1.1bn boost to drive investment and inclusion

21/07/2017Edinburgh region given £1.1bn boost to drive investment and inclusion

A deal worth £1.1bn to drive investment and address inclusion in the Edinburgh and South-East Scotland area was yesterday signed by the UK and Scottish governments. The deal was signed... more >

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Councillors celebrated in Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2017

19/06/2017Councillors celebrated in Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2017

A number of local government leaders and figures have been named in the Queen’s 2017 Birthday Honours list. The list recognises the achievements of people across a number of different sectors by handing out awards for services to their respective fields. All in all, 1,109 people received an award this year, as 554 (50%) of peop... more >
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Changing our commissioning approach

03/07/2017Changing our commissioning approach

Michelle Atkinson, commissioning manager at Leeds City Council, explains how the local authority has changed its approach to commissioning homeca... more >
Reinventing local government

03/07/2017Reinventing local government

The time has come for councils to adopt a ‘changemaking’ culture in order to drive a radical reinvention in local government, argues ... more >
Public sector outsourcing: a marriage that must work

03/07/2017Public sector outsourcing: a marriage that must work

Kerry Hallard, the president of the Global Sourcing Association, argues that despite some highly-publicised cases of breakdowns in public sector ... more >
Harnessing data sharing in transport

30/06/2017Harnessing data sharing in transport

Simon White of Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) argues that the UK can be at the forefront of innovative mobility solutions if the government enc... more >

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‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

30/06/2017‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

Keith Smith, public sector business development manager at Virgin Media Business, tells PSE’s Luana Salles that health and social care orga... more >
HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

26/06/2017HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

Mark Hall, Chief Assurance Officer at Redcentric, discusses NHS Digital’s project, the new Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) and what b... more >
Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

25/04/2017Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

Ahead of this year’s mayoral elections, Lord Kerslake, the former head of the Civil Service, tells PSE’s David Stevenson why the argu... more >
New social care funding misses the point

13/04/2017New social care funding misses the point

Clive Betts MP, chair of the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee, reflects on the social care funding released in this year’s ... more >

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