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A period of inevitable risk

25.04.17: Dr Daniel Dresner, information and cyber security governance lecturer at the University of Manchester, explains how the public sector’s approach to cyber security is improving. The public sector’s approach to cyber security gove...

Using data to enhance public services

25.04.17: Shane Green, programme manager for business intelligence & open data, and Sudip Trivedi, head of data & analytics and connectivity — Business Partner for Place at Camden Council, discuss the importance of using data analytics to im...

PAC: Plans to replace emergency services comms pose ‘catastrophic’ risk to public safety

24.04.17: Plans to replace part of the existing communications system for the emergency services could strike a “major, potentially catastrophic blow to the ability of our emergency services to carry out their job and keep citizens safe”, acco...

Councils warned to plan before switching to cloud-based data

24.04.17: Local councils and other public sector organisations have been warned to do proper background research before switching to the cloud or internet data systems in a new report released this week. Research conducted by Brunel University found...

LGiU: Councillors not ‘digital dinosaurs’ but skills gap still an issue

21.04.17: Councillors across the country are not “digital dinosaurs” and generally hold strong and positive views about technology and data, a new report has announced. The ‘Start of the possible’ research, conducted by the Lo...

A modern law for an increasingly digital world

21.04.17: From May 2018, a new piece of data protection legislation, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), will apply in the UK. Ian Inman, group manager for public services at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), outlines changes n...

Error with car parking app used by councils causes serious data breach

19.04.17: An issue with a car parking app used by many local councils caused users to see the personal details of other people on the app, including information about vehicle registration and names. The app is used in 230 towns across the country by...

IoT and cyber security: tomorrow’s threats today

18.04.17: Kamal Bechkoum, professor of computing and head of the Business and Computing School at the University of Gloucestershire, discusses the benefits and challenges of the Internet of Things (IoT) for businesses. The IoT is a phenomenon regarde...

Cyber security is a strategic risk management issue

18.04.17: Alison Whitney, deputy director for digital government at the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), explains how the organisation will be working closely with the public sector to build a more safe and secure digital environment. The NCSC...

The UK digital strategy: big ambitions, small details

13.04.17: On 1 March the government finally published its much-anticipated UK Digital Strategy. Its aim is to “create a world-leading digital economy that works for everyone”. That’s ambitious stuff. Eddie Copeland, director of governmen...

Public sector missing out on ‘digital dashboards’ potential due to poor implementation

04.04.17: The proper implementation of digital ‘dashboards’ to help staff filter and use large amounts of data more easily could massively improve public services, a report by think tank Demos has revealed. Data dashboards, of which 800 h...

NAO reports ‘mixed success’ in early days of GDS

30.03.17: The Government Digital Service (GDS) requires further clarity about its remit and accountabilities to continue being effective in the future, a report released today by the National Audit Office (NAO) has revealed. The NAO’s report, c...

Norfolk CC fined £60k for sending files to second-hand shop

21.03.17: A county council has been fined £60,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after files containing sensitive information about children was left in a cabinet which donated to a second-hand shop. The regulator was aler...

Councils urged to improve data protection practices to comply with GDPR

21.03.17: Many councils have considerable work to do to in order to comply with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that will come into force in May 2018, a survey conducted by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has revealed. ...

Your G-Cloud experience is as good as the vendor you use

20.03.17: James Passingham, chief technical officer at Foehn, says that with G-Cloud’s increasing popularity and standardised offerings, it’s vital to choose a provider that also delivers expert advice and technical support.  While t...

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Switch to Universal Credit doubles number of referrals to foodbanks

25/04/2017Switch to Universal Credit doubles number of referrals to foodbanks

Areas where Universal Credit has been rolled out to single people, couples and families have seen a 16.85% increase in the number of people being... 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 >
Public sector can lead the UK to an ultra-low emission future

25/04/2017Public sector can lead the UK to an ultra-low emission future

Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, explains why the public sector has the potential to shape and accelerate the UK automotive market to be entire... more >

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11/04/2017A watershed moment in British politics

The government has now officially triggered Article 50, formally starting the process of Britain’s exit from the EU. How this will affect local government, the wider public sector and the Civil Service remains to be seen, but the likelihood of it being plain sailing with the enormity of the task ahead seems rather unlikely.  It... read more >

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Parliament cannot solve homelessness through legislation alone

Parliament cannot solve homelessness through legislation alone

Cllr Michelle Lowe, deputy leader and cabinet member for housing and health at Sevenoaks District Council, argues that if the government is really serious about combating homelessness they will w... more > more last word articles >
Switch to Universal Credit doubles number of referrals to foodbanks

25/04/2017Switch to Universal Credit doubles number of referrals to foodbanks

Areas where Universal Credit has been rolled out to single people, couples and families have seen a 16.85% increase in the number of people being referred to foodbanks – more than double th... 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 arguments for devolution remain as compelling as they ... more >

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Engaging voters ahead of May’s elections

24/04/2017Engaging voters ahead of May’s elections

Emma Hartley, head of campaigns at the Electoral Commission, discusses the importance of a collaborative approach to engage voters ahead of this year’s elections.  It’s vital that voters can easily participate in every type of election so that democracy can work. One of the challenges for the Electoral Commission when new... more >
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Public sector can lead the UK to an ultra-low emission future

25/04/2017Public sector can lead the UK to an ultra-low emission future

Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, explains why the public sector has the potential to shape and accelerate the UK automotive market to be entire... more >
Employee financial wellbeing in the public sector

25/04/2017Employee financial wellbeing in the public sector

Charles Cotton, performance and reward adviser to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), analyses the financial wellbeing o... more >
Wigan Council: embracing digital transformation

25/04/2017Wigan Council: embracing digital transformation

Alison McKenzie-Folan, deputy chief executive, director customer transformation at Wigan Council, explains why local authorities, as digital lead... more >
Oxfordshire devolution will boost UK economy

21/04/2017Oxfordshire devolution will boost UK economy

Peter Sloman, chief executive of Oxford City Council, argues that pursuing devolution rather than restructuring local government in the county is... more >

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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 >
Leading transformational change through procurement

01/03/2017Leading transformational change through procurement

Liz Welton, chair of the Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government (SOPO), tells PSE’s David Stevenson why there are lots of oppo... more >
McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

20/12/2016McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

Jim McMahon, Labour’s shadow minister for local government and devolution, talks to PSE’s David Stevenson about the need to radically... more >

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