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Councils invited to apply for Local Digital Fund

19.08.19: Councils are now open to apply for the next round of digital funding to improve public services, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has announced. Utilising the Local Digital Fund, councils can look to secure funding...

TechnologyOne: Setting the foundation for shared service success

14.08.19: Anwen Robinson, UK Operating Officer at TechnologyOne - an enterprise SaaS company - explains why adopting an enterprise vision is key to long-term benefit Local government transformation is primarily driven by the need to find ef...

Six years on: Taking stock of G-Cloud 11

09.07.19: Rafael Cortes, head of marketing at Foehn, reviews the success of G-Cloud and what the most recent iteration offers the future. Even the best of relationships can go through a ‘six-year patch’. Not so at Foehn. To the contrary...

Next phase of competition to predict cyber threats launched with £850k funding

04.07.19: The second phase of the Predictive Cyber Analytics competition has been launched by the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) in order to help develop a deployable solution to predict and counter future cyber threats. This competition is...

Government procurement framework G-Cloud 11 goes live with 4,200 suppliers

02.07.19: G-Cloud 11, a new major government procurement framework is set to go live featuring over 4,200 suppliers. The latest G-Cloud framework has now been awarded, and will go on the government’s Digital Marketplace imminently. Around...

The National Audit Office's guide to cloud services

25.06.19: The National Audit Office’s digital transformation expert, Yvonne Gallagher, focuses on assessing the implementation of digital and related change programmes. Cloud services can bring cost and performance benefits. But they can also g...

New marketplace improves public sector access to latest tech

11.06.19: The Government has launched a new marketplace for innovation, providing a smarter way for public sector customers to access the very latest technologies. Spark: The Technology Innovation Marketplace has been designed by Crown Commercial Ser...

Evaluating 5G, unapologetically

10.06.19: Martin Ferguson, director of policy and research at Socitm, discusses the potential of 5G in the public sector, and the need to properly assess the risks. Let’s face it. There’s something quintessentially British about apologisi...

New emergency services radio system to be at least £3bn overbudget and three years late as Home Office failings blasted by NAO

10.05.19: An overhaul of the communications system used by the UK’s emergency services will be at least £3bn overbudget and three years late, a report from the National Audit Office (NAO) has revealed. The Emergency Services Network was c...

How public sector IT can exploit the last 'big things'

15.04.19: Martin Ferguson, director of policy and research at Socitm, outlines the technology-related trends to look out for in the public sector throughout 2019. IT pundits often make overly-ambitious guesses as to how fast ‘next big thing&rsq...

Mapping and analysing data practices across local government

08.04.19: Dr Joanna Redden, Dr Lina Dencik, Dr Arne Hintz and Harry Warne, of the School of Journalism, Media and Culture at the University of Cardiff, tell more on the technology they are using for analysing decisions of local authorities across the UK. ...

Newham Council leaked sensitive gang information months before wave of ‘serious gang violence’

08.04.19: The London Borough of Newham has been fined after it accidently revealed sensitive personal information on more than 200 suspected gang members which were acquired by rival gangs. The council has been fined £145,000 by the Information...

‘New era’ for EdTech as DfE launches new £10m strategy

03.04.19: The government has launched a new £10m strategy to support leading tech companies to work with schools and colleges in a “new era” for EdTech. Education secretary Damian Hinds wants the use of technology in education to he...

Thinking digitally: Greenwich Borough Council

25.02.19: Local authorities across the UK are exploring how digital innovation can improve their constituents’ lives; and the Royal Borough of Greenwich Council is no different. Cllr Stephen Brain, chair of the Digital Cities department at the counc...

Bolton and Wigan's strategic ICT partnership: Crossing borders together

18.02.19: Alison Hughes, assistant director of strategic ICT partnership at Bolton & Wigan councils, explains how the two councils are collaboratively facing the challenges of delivering an ICT service. The digital landscape is changing and counc...

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Local government secretary announces £9m Brexit preparedness fund

22/08/2019Local government secretary announces £9m Brexit preparedness fund

Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick MP has announced an extra £9m will be made available to ensure local areas and major ports are re... more >
Councils save £100m through LGA sector-led improvements

21/08/2019Councils save £100m through LGA sector-led improvements

Councils have saved more than £100m in the past year through a sector-led improvement (SLI) offer set up by the Local Government Associatio... more >
Northern road projects in £700m funding bid

21/08/2019Northern road projects in £700m funding bid

Transport for the North (TfN) has submitted a bid for £700m of investment into the region’s roads over the next five years, with 16 p... more >

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25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

Devolution, restructuring and widespread service reform: from a journalist’s perspective, it’s never been a more exciting time to report on the public sector. That’s why I could not be more thrilled to be taking over the reins at PSE at this key juncture. There could not be a feature that more perfectly encapsulates this... read more >

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The importance of openness after Grenfell

The importance of openness after Grenfell

Following the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy, Lord Porter, chairman of the LGA, argues that if the public are going to have faith in the safety testing process then everything must be out in the o... more > more last word articles >
Generating growth with the Grimsby town deal

22/08/2019Generating growth with the Grimsby town deal

Something is stirring in the north of England. Philip Jackson, leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, explains what’s occurring and how it’s caught the eye of Government and the p... more >
Local government secretary announces £9m Brexit preparedness fund

22/08/2019Local government secretary announces £9m Brexit preparedness fund

Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick MP has announced an extra £9m will be made available to ensure local areas and major ports are ready for Brexit. As part of the funding, local... more >

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New rules to change the future of Social Value

05/06/2019New rules to change the future of Social Value

The government has announced the introduction of new rules to change the future of social value and make the way housing developers stump up the money for infrastructure both simpler and more transparent. These regulatory changes are designed to help achieve its ambition to deliver 300,000 extra homes per year by the mid-2020s.  ... more >
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Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Being on the receiving end of some “thanks” can make communit... more >
How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

19/06/2019How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

Tom Chance, director at the National Community Land Trust Network, argues that community-led initiatives are a productive way of helping to solve... more >
Aberdeen's green transport fleet attracting international attention

19/06/2019Aberdeen's green transport fleet attracting international attention

Aberdeen City Council’s hydrogen spokesperson, councillor Philip Bell, highlights the Granite City’s determination to play a leading ... more >
A fifth of public sector workers have never received a thank you from the people they serve

13/06/2019A fifth of public sector workers have never received a thank you from the people they serve

A fifth of the country’s public sector workers say they have NEVER received a ‘thank you’ for doing their job as Public Service... more >

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Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

17/12/2018Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

It’s no secret that the public sector and its service providers need to invest in technology to help make better use of their resources. Bu... more >
Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

17/12/2018Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

One of the public sector’s key technology partners has recently welcomed a new member to its team. Matt Spencer, O2’s head of public ... more >
New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

05/11/2018New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

The new chief executive of one of the new unitary authorities in Dorset has outlined his approach to culture and work with employees, arguing tha... more >
Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

15/10/2018Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

On 6 September, the biggest decision-makers of the north joined forces to celebrate and debate how to drive innovation and improvement through th... more >

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