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Only six of 33 London councils safe from cyber-attacks

19.10.17: Only six of London’s 33 councils have the appropriate level of cyber protection for emails, it has been revealed. New figures released this week show that a huge majority of local authorities in the capital are at risk of fake online...

Councils demand more cash to improve cyber security

18.10.17: The LGA has urged the government to divert more funding into cyber defence and computer infrastructure for local authorities and businesses. Councils say online attacks against businesses have risen by 52% in the last quarter and are predic...

590 ‘significant’ cyber threats in last year

06.10.17: The National Cyber Security Centre has released a report (NCSC) detailing its achievements over the last 12 months and how it works to protect against cyber-attacks. With more devices connected to the internet than there are people, there i...

Ex-Leicester council employee prosecuted for illegally taking sensitive data

27.09.17: A former Leicester City Council employee has been prosecuted and fined for unlawfully obtaining sensitive data of vulnerable people while working at the authority. In its report, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said that N...

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...

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Councils need ‘hard-hitting’ powers to tackle soaring fly-tipping rates

20/10/2017Councils need ‘hard-hitting’ powers to tackle soaring fly-tipping rates

Instances of fly-tipping have reached one million over the past year and the problem is becoming more and more common. Figures released by t... more >
Liverpool takes back £7m parks deal from private firm

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Liverpool City Council is set to award its wholly-owned company a major £7m contract for maintenance of parks and green spaces. A repo... more >
IfG: Budget needs ‘tough and urgent’ policies on schools and social care

19/10/2017IfG: Budget needs ‘tough and urgent’ policies on schools and social care

Central government spending props up failing services and does not deal with underlying problems, a new study has suggested. The ‘Perf... 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 >
Obesity in schools continuing to rise

20/10/2017Obesity in schools continuing to rise

Nearly a quarter of school children in reception classes in England are overweight – and the figure goes up to almost a third by year six. A study from the NHS Digital’s National... more >
Councils need ‘hard-hitting’ powers to tackle soaring fly-tipping rates

20/10/2017Councils need ‘hard-hitting’ powers to tackle soaring fly-tipping rates

Instances of fly-tipping have reached one million over the past year and the problem is becoming more and more common. Figures released by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affa... more >

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Tower Hamlets taking steps to reverse the decline of LGBT+ venues

16/10/2017Tower Hamlets taking steps to reverse the decline of LGBT+ venues

Tower Hamlets council has recently confirmed that the former site of a popular gay bar, the Joiners Arms, must include an LGBT+ club for the next 25 years. Many people will be pleased to note that the council voted unanimously to ensure that any demolition of the building would only be approved if a late-night venue was built to replace i... 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

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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

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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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