IT Systems and Data Protection

County fined £70,000 over ‘inexcusable’ personal data breach

01.09.17: Nottinghamshire County Council has been fined £70,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) following a serious data protection breach that left vulnerable people’s personal information online for five years. Desp...

Transforming government with data

30.08.17: Peter Wells, head of policy at the Open Data Institute, explains why the need to strengthen our data infrastructure has never been more important. Data is infrastructure. Like roads that help us navigate to a destination, data helps us navi...

People first, digital always

30.08.17: Dionne Lowndes, digital lead at Staffordshire County Council, explains how an innovative partnership in the area aims to develop an integrated strategy providing services for the ‘Digital Citizen’. Digital is a means for us to a...

Essex commits to full probe after system failure leaves 20,000 without pay

29.08.17: A local authority has committed to undertaking a full investigation after an internal payroll process failure left almost 60% of its school employees without their salaries last week. Essex County Council said in a statement that around 20...

Shaping the Smarter State

28.08.17: Rob Driver, head of public sector at techUK, outlines how central and local government can fully embrace the transformational power of digital technology to deliver the promise of the ‘Smarter State’. The last decade has seen an...

Public bodies go local as over £1bn spent on digital services with SMEs

25.08.17: Local authorities and other public sector organisations have spent a whopping £1.2bn with SMEs on cloud and digital services since 2012, meaning almost half of digital spend is being invested in smaller companies. In new figures publi...

Transforming services, data and organisations

23.08.17: Taking digital government to the next level requires strong leadership from everyone in the sector, argues Daniel Thornton, programme director at the Institute for Government. Today the four most valuable companies in the world are digital...

Authority slapped with £70,000 fine for data protection mishap

18.08.17: A London council has been slapped with a £70,000 fine after it failed to keep up to 89,000 people’s information secure on its parking ticket system website. Islington Council’s Ticketviewer System allows people to see a CC...

Is printing the public sector’s GDPR blindspot?

14.08.17: KYOCERA discusses the need for public sector organisations to focus on printers and multi-functional devices as part of preparations for the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It’s no secret the UK’...

Khan urges councils to bid for £400m digital connectivity cash pot

11.08.17: Councils in the capital have this week been invited by the mayor to bid for a fund to drive digital connectivity throughout London’s boroughs. Writing in a letter to the 33 local authorities, Sadiq Khan also announced ambitions to tra...

Service operators could face £17m fines for inadequate cyber security

08.08.17: Operators of essential services could face considerable fines if they do not put robust cyber security measures in place in their organisation. In a statement from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), it was reveal...

Council warns residents of malicious email scam

07.08.17: A local authority has warned residents to be on their guard against cyber criminals after it revealed that thieves using a false council email address had been trying to extort money from people. Guildford Borough Council has warned that so...

County launches new system to give residents a voice in decision-making

03.08.17: A county council has launched an innovative system to give residents a say on major issues in their area and give people a more important role in the authority’s decision-making progress. West Sussex CC has this week launched ‘Y...

Council apologises after air quality data was ‘deliberately’ altered

02.08.17: A council has apologised after it admitted that incorrect data that was used to form reports on air quality in the area had been subject to “deliberate and systematic manipulation”. In a statement, Cheshire East Council said tha...

Norfolk CC sets up Digital Committee to drive tech innovation

25.07.17: A county council has this week taken the innovative step of setting up a Digital Innovation and Efficiency Committee in order to push towards better digital connectivity. Norfolk CC said that the committee will lead on the authority&rs...

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Birmingham bin strikes called off following key High Court ruling

21/09/2017Birmingham bin strikes called off following key High Court ruling

Strikes by refuse workers in Birmingham have this week been called off after the union won an important High Court ruling. Unite has called ... more >
IFS: Public sector faces recruitment chaos if pay cap is not dropped

21/09/2017IFS: Public sector faces recruitment chaos if pay cap is not dropped

The public sector will face major recruitment and retention issues if pay restraints, which are pushing wages to historically low levels, are con... more >
‘Fundamental rethink’ on social housing needed as Javid brings forward green paper

20/09/2017‘Fundamental rethink’ on social housing needed as Javid brings forward green paper

A wide-ranging, top-to-bottom green paper on social housing is to be brought forward by the government, Sajid Javid has this week announced. ... more >

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14/08/2017Time for reflection

A lot has happened since the last edition of PSE was published. In particular, the snap general election delivered an astounding result that many of the pollsters and political experts could not have predicted when Theresa May initially called for it back in April. Chris Painter, Professor Emeritus at Birmingham City University, provides ... 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 >
Birmingham bin strikes called off following key High Court ruling

21/09/2017Birmingham bin strikes called off following key High Court ruling

Strikes by refuse workers in Birmingham have this week been called off after the union won an important High Court ruling. Unite has called off the strike as a judge granted an interim injun... more >
IFS: Public sector faces recruitment chaos if pay cap is not dropped

21/09/2017IFS: Public sector faces recruitment chaos if pay cap is not dropped

The public sector will face major recruitment and retention issues if pay restraints, which are pushing wages to historically low levels, are continued by the government, experts have today warne... more >

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How do we deliver true social and economic value for the community?

18/09/2017How do we deliver true social and economic value for the community?

Five years on from the introduction of the Social Value Act, Alison Ramsey, frameworks co-ordinator at Scape Procure, reflects on the key questions that prompted the legislation’s introduction. The Social Value Act was an important landmark. It decisively addressed the need for major public projects led by all public bodies to maxim... more >
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Support for councils following Grenfell

04/09/2017Support for councils following Grenfell

Ian Moore, CEO of the Fire Industry Association (FIA), discusses the wider lessons of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire and what measures and assess... more >
A quiet revolution

04/09/2017A quiet revolution

Dermot Ryan, programme director at NHS Digital for the Health and Social Care Network (HSCN), talks to PSE about the importance of moving to the ... more >
Effective leadership in uncertain times

04/09/2017Effective leadership in uncertain times

Dr David Beech, lecturer in people management at Salford Business School, argues that continuous renewal and progress is fundamental to effective... more >
Refocusing professional development

04/09/2017Refocusing professional development

Graeme McDonald, managing director of Solace, discusses the importance of taking time out to focus on learning, especially in the ever-changing l... 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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