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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 cybersecurity: 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...

Government launches strategy to keep UK at cutting edge of digital skills

01.03.17: The government has announced its long-awaited post-Brexit digital strategy designed to ensure the UK remains at the forefront of technology and innovation by supporting schemes to improve the digital skills of the workforce. As part of the...

Digital Marketplace: reaching far and wide in the public sector

01.03.17: Over the next few months, the Government Digital Service (GDS) wants to get a better understanding of how local government and the wider public sector are transforming their services in order to provide the right support at the right time. PSE&r...

The identity crisis of local government

01.03.17: Carl Haggerty, a co-founder of LocalGov Digital and chair of its Steering Group, tells PSE that the only way to harness the true power of technology in the public sector is to fundamentally rethink why local authorities exist in the first place....

Glasgow points the way forward for IoT future

27.02.17: Dr Mark Begbie, business development director at CENSIS, the Scottish Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems, explores how Glasgow is leading the way in transforming how we use technology to improve connectivity. Just over 200 yea...

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Council CEOs welcome Industrial Strategy to drive devolution

21/04/2017Council CEOs welcome Industrial Strategy to drive devolution

Council chief executives have welcomed the Industrial Strategy Green Paper, saying that they agree with the government’s plans to build a s... more >
Scottish councils urged to target local SMEs with procurement spend

21/04/2017Scottish councils urged to target local SMEs with procurement spend

Less than a fifth of council procurement budgets in Scotland are spent on small or medium sized enterprises (SME), the Federation of Small Busine... more >
LGiU: Councillors not ‘digital dinosaurs’ but skills gap still an issue

21/04/2017LGiU: Councillors not ‘digital dinosaurs’ but skills gap still an issue

Councillors across the country are not “digital dinosaurs” and generally hold strong and positive views about technology and data, a ... 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 >
Council CEOs welcome Industrial Strategy to drive devolution

21/04/2017Council CEOs welcome Industrial Strategy to drive devolution

Council chief executives have welcomed the Industrial Strategy Green Paper, saying that they agree with the government’s plans to build a stronger economy and fairer society and the opportu... more >
Scottish councils urged to target local SMEs with procurement spend

21/04/2017Scottish councils urged to target local SMEs with procurement spend

Less than a fifth of council procurement budgets in Scotland are spent on small or medium sized enterprises (SME), the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has revealed. This has led the org... more >

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Why opening up procurement matters to the UK public sector

22/03/2017Why opening up procurement matters to the UK public sector

Rob Levene, managing director of Bloom, explains why opening up procurement is important to the UK public sector.  Procuring products and services by the UK public sector is big business. The central government procurement budget is estimated to be worth £40bn. So it is no surprise that procurement is a subject that generates a... more >
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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 >
Clean growth and the role of UK infrastructure

21/04/2017Clean growth and the role of UK infrastructure

A renewal of the UK’s infrastructure – from telecommunications to energy, roads and buildings – rightly sits as one of the pill... more >
Shouting about health and care integration in the capital

21/04/2017Shouting about health and care integration in the capital

Cllr Kevin Davis, London Councils executive member for health and leader of Kingston Council, celebrates the work being done in the capital to in... more >
A modern law for an increasingly digital world

21/04/2017A modern law for an increasingly digital world

From May 2018, a new piece of data protection legislation, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), will apply in the UK. Ian Inman, group ... more >

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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 >
Solace president mandate: Champion diversity and celebrate great public services

20/12/2016Solace president mandate: Champion diversity and celebrate great public services

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

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