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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...

LGA unveils strategy to support successful IT service procurement

11.07.17: The LGA has today released its National Technological and Digital Procurement Category Strategy that will support councils make the right choices in procuring contracts for IT services. It will help authorities assist and promote value for...

Hand fines levelled at mobile operators to councils, LGA argues

07.07.17: Councils have today called on the government to give fines handed out to mobile operators for poor service or connectivity to local authorities. At the moment, fines given to companies by regulator Ofcom go back into the Treasury coffers &n...

The impact of the cyber security strategy on the public sector

26.06.17: Six months on from the announcement of the government’s National Cyber Security Strategy, Talal Rajab, head of programme – cyber and national security at techUK, analyses its approach so far and the extent of its impact on the public...

Birmingham council reveals ICT partnership to deliver £43m savings

23.06.17: A new partnership proposal that is expected to yield £43m worth of savings by 2020-21 for Birmingham City Council has been revealed. Plans that are due to go to the council’s cabinet on June 27 will keep core service contracts i...

Maximising scarce resources

23.06.17: Mick Endsor, a research associate at the International Centre for Security Analysis at King’s College London, explains why open source intelligence could be a valuable tool in the fight for public sector organisations to detect fraud and h...

Medway told to roll out data protection training urgently by ICO

14.06.17: A council has this week been given an enforcement notice to urgently improve the data protection training it offers to staff in a bid to tighten up standards. Medway Council in Kent has been given six months to roll out mandatory data prote...

HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

14.06.17: Mark Hall, Chief Assurance Officer at Redcentric, discusses NHS Digital’s project, the new Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) and what benefits it will deliver when it replaces the N3 national private network. In short, HSCN is the...

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

18/08/2017Authority slapped with £70,000 fine for data protection mishap

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... more >
Councils call for ‘lighter touch’ to public procurement after Brexit

18/08/2017Councils call for ‘lighter touch’ to public procurement after Brexit

Councils have called for a more efficient “lighter touch” system for procurement after the UK leaves the European Union. In a st... more >
Union ‘hails victory’ as Birmingham bin strike called off

17/08/2017Union ‘hails victory’ as Birmingham bin strike called off

Unite has “hailed victory” in its dispute with Birmingham City Council over refuse worker jobs being cut, and has suspended its curre... 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 >
Authority slapped with £70,000 fine for data protection mishap

18/08/2017Authority slapped with £70,000 fine for data protection mishap

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&rsq... more >
Councils call for ‘lighter touch’ to public procurement after Brexit

18/08/2017Councils call for ‘lighter touch’ to public procurement after Brexit

Councils have called for a more efficient “lighter touch” system for procurement after the UK leaves the European Union. In a statement, the LGA said that this could include givi... more >

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Delivering social value in public sector procurement

07/08/2017Delivering social value in public sector procurement

Theresa Grant, CEO of Trafford Council, explains how local authorities in the Greater Manchester area are making every penny of public spend provide that little bit more value for money. ‘Prisoners in Forest Bank Prison in Salford are being given the opportunity to gain an NVQ qualification thanks to a local government contract.’&... more >
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Helping reduce energy costs

16/08/2017Helping reduce energy costs

Joseph Ernst-Herman, director of utilities and fuels at the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), discusses the launch of the new Demand Side Response ... more >
Leading in the challenging times ahead

16/08/2017Leading in the challenging times ahead

Following the Brexit vote, Cllr Philip Atkins OBE, County Councils Network (CCN) vice-chairman and leader of Staffordshire County Council, has ca... more >
The 2017 General Election: From landslide to precipice

16/08/2017The 2017 General Election: From landslide to precipice

Chris Painter, Professor Emeritus at Birmingham City University, assesses the aftermath of yet another election shock. Theresa May could not... more >
Thinking outside the box for the workforce of tomorrow

14/08/2017Thinking outside the box for the workforce of tomorrow

Claire Mansfield, head of research at the New Local Government Network (NLGN), Lucy Terry, senior researcher at the organisation, Barry Pirie, a ... 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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