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Bristol: the booming smart city

23.02.17: Barney Smith, CEO at Bristol Is Open, explains how the innovative project can help make cities more liveable and sustainable. Bristol is the eighth largest city in the UK and a popular place to study and work. With a steady influx of people...

Birmingham’s unique approach for redesigning ICT and digital services

20.02.17: Andy Fullard, interim information and technology director at Birmingham City Council, outlines how the local authority’s ambitious new five-year ICT and Digital (ICTD) Strategy will support the way in which local services will be provided...

National Cyber Security Centre ‘nerve centre’ officially opened in London

14.02.17: The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a wing of intelligence agency GCHQ, was today officially opened by the Queen to act as an “operational nerve centre” in London to protect the country against cyber-attacks. The NCSC was...

Delayed strategy to take ‘whole-government approach’ to digital

13.02.17: The government has revealed its delayed digital transformation strategy which sets out its plan to establish a “whole-government approach” to transformation across the public sector by 2020. Josh Mines reports. The report o...

Aberdeen City Council launches ‘urgent’ investigation after website hack

02.02.17: Aberdeen City Council is currently investigating an incident in which its website was hacked last weekend. On Saturday night (28 January) a group called Team System Dz took control of the homepage of the council’s website for around t...

Cloud phone systems redefine public sector costs

16.01.17: James Passingham, chief technical officer at Foehn, highlights some cost-saving possibilities in the company’s Buyer’s Guide to Cloud Phone Systems for the public sector.  The rise of cloud phone systems  As central f...

Standardising digital transformation across the capital

04.01.17: Previously part of the Government Digital Service (GDS) transformation programme, Natalie Taylor now works at London’s City Hall as senior manager for Digital Transformation. She gives PSE an update on the changes taking place at the Great...

Spearheading digital and structural change

04.01.17: Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) recently won Socitm’s Innovation Award for its ‘Right Here Right Now’ programme. Alan Evans, head of transformation, and Maryvonne Hassall, computer services manager at the local authority...

LGDSS an important key in the transformation toolkit

26.12.16: Paul Ward, head of ICT strategy, systems and development for Coventry City Council, explains how the local authority is using the Local Government Digital Service Standard (LGDSS) to deliver more user-friendly services. Coventry City Counci...

Human by default

22.12.16: It’s time councils leave uncertainty behind and take the plunge into full-scale digitisation, argues Martyn Wallace, the chief digital officer of the new Scottish Local Government Digital Office. Luana Salles reports. Martyn Wallace c...

Data scientists should be embedded in local councils

30.11.16: The government should consider ringfencing £4m to help data scientists sift through local councils’ ‘data goldmines’ and improve their services, an innovation charity has said. The innovation foundation Nesta said th...

ICO tells Ealing to ‘toughen up’ data protection as court bundle lost

16.11.16: The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has warned Ealing Council to toughen up the way it protects personal information, after a social worker employed by the local authority left court records on the roof of her car and drove off. ...

Cut costs not jobs – three ways to boost your frontline services

14.11.16: James Passingham, chief technical officer at Foehn, explains how the public sector can protect jobs and deliver better for less through the transformation of services. Public sector cuts delivered by the last government show every sign of c...

Government accused of ‘tinkering around the edges’ of digital reforms

01.11.16: Efforts to deliver more government services digitally are being held back by a lack of understanding among senior civil servants, a new report from the Institute for Government (IfG) said. The IfG estimated that between £1.3bn and &po...

‘Major’ HMRC digital changes face delays in light of leftover concerns

22.09.16: HMRC’s plans to implement the Making Tax Digital (MTD) plan may need to be delayed to ensure a proper consultation, the chair of the Treasury Committee has said. A letter to chancellor Philip Hammond from Andrew Tyrie, the chair of th...

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21/02/2017Untapped potential

As PSE went to press, the government had just released its Industrial Strategy green paper, which has an ambitious aim to “improve living standards and economic growth by increasing productivity and driving growth across the whole country”.  Overall, the strategy was welcomed across the public sector. However, as you&rsqu... read more >

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And justice for all

23/02/2017And justice for all

Nothing less than a ‘whole-place’ pooling of public service budgets and devolution of criminal justice system powers to local level can create the conditions for community transformation, argue former communities secretary Hazel Blears and Lord Patel, chairman of the Mental Health Act Commission. Reform of the Criminal Justice... more >
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Shaping the future of local government through districts

23/02/2017Shaping the future of local government through districts

Mark Pawsey (pictured), the MP for Rugby and the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for District Councils, explains why he hopes t... more >
Bristol: the booming smart city

23/02/2017Bristol: the booming smart city

Barney Smith, CEO at Bristol Is Open, explains how the innovative project can help make cities more liveable and sustainable. Bristol is the... more >
Where next for devolution?

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Andrew Walker, policy expert on devolution at the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU), explains why devolution in England needs a shot in th... more >
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Jim McMahon, Labour’s shadow minister for local government and devolution, talks to PSE’s David Stevenson about the need to radically... more >
Solace president mandate: Champion diversity and celebrate great public services

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Jo Miller, the recently-elected president of Solace, talks to PSE about the need for championing great public services and ensuring inclusion at ... more >
The secret to the success of one public estate

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Central government has faced strong criticism of its many estate schemes in recent years, but one in particular seems to steer clear of the backl... more >
Joint ventures: Are we better together?

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Vivien Holland, local government advisory director at Grant Thornton UK LLP, examines the potential of Joint Ventures for local authorities going... more >

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