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G-Cloud 9: Choosing the right supplier for your cloud communications

24.05.17: James Passingham, chief technical officer at Foehn, a G-Cloud provider since 2012, reminds us it’s vital to choose a cloud phone system supplier that can also deliver expert advice and technical support. The arrival of G-Cloud 9 marks...

Councils call for tougher standards for broadband advertising

04.05.17: Local councils have today thrown their support behind a campaign designed to make advertising for broadband speed more transparent and honest for UK consumers. Responding to a consultation launched by the Committee of Advertising Practice (...

London Assembly seeking applicants for capital’s first chief digital officer

04.05.17: London Assembly has this week opened applications for the first chief digital officer in the capital. The digital officer will work in the Mayor’s Office convening GLA officials, the Smart London Board, local authorities and technolog...

New mayors encouraged to embrace digital devolution

28.04.17: The six mayors of the newly established combined authority areas have been told to adopt a ‘Digital First Mind-set’ when they take office after elections take place on 4 May. At the launch of techUK – the UK’s IT ind...

A period of inevitable risk

25.04.17: Dr Daniel Dresner, information and cyber security governance lecturer at the University of Manchester, explains how the public sector’s approach to cyber security is improving. The public sector’s approach to cyber security gove...

Using data to enhance public services

25.04.17: Shane Green, programme manager for business intelligence & open data, and Sudip Trivedi, head of data & analytics and connectivity — Business Partner for Place at Camden Council, discuss the importance of using data analytics to im...

PAC: Plans to replace emergency services comms pose ‘catastrophic’ risk to public safety

24.04.17: Plans to replace part of the existing communications system for the emergency services could strike a “major, potentially catastrophic blow to the ability of our emergency services to carry out their job and keep citizens safe”, acco...

Councils warned to plan before switching to cloud-based data

24.04.17: Local councils and other public sector organisations have been warned to do proper background research before switching to the cloud or internet data systems in a new report released this week. Research conducted by Brunel University found...

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 cyber security: 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...

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Charity develops £4.5m fund to tackle homelessness

25/05/2017Charity develops £4.5m fund to tackle homelessness

A social investment fund worth £4.5m has this week been launched by charity Homeless Link to tackle the issue in local areas. The fund... more >
Leese vows ‘fear and division’ won’t win following terror attack

25/05/2017Leese vows ‘fear and division’ won’t win following terror attack

The leader of Manchester City Council, Sir Richard Leese, has sent a powerful message of defiance in the face of the most terrible terrorist atta... more >
Liverpool CEO temporarily ‘steps aside’ following arrest

25/05/2017Liverpool CEO temporarily ‘steps aside’ following arrest

The chief executive of Liverpool City Council has been forced to temporarily step down from his role after he was arrested due to financial probl... 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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Collaborative working is the key to the future at home and abroad

Collaborative working is the key to the future at home and abroad

David Hawkins, operations director at the Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW), on why ISO 44001 is a new evolution in collaborative working. The past 12 months have seen seismic change... more > more last word articles >
Charity develops £4.5m fund to tackle homelessness

25/05/2017Charity develops £4.5m fund to tackle homelessness

A social investment fund worth £4.5m has this week been launched by charity Homeless Link to tackle the issue in local areas. The fund will support housing agencies and social enterpri... more >
Leese vows ‘fear and division’ won’t win following terror attack

25/05/2017Leese vows ‘fear and division’ won’t win following terror attack

The leader of Manchester City Council, Sir Richard Leese, has sent a powerful message of defiance in the face of the most terrible terrorist attack the city has ever seen. He vowed to not le... more >

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A watershed moment in British democracy

02/05/2017A watershed moment in British democracy

The upcoming mayoral elections represent a watershed moment in the history of British democracy, reports PSE’s Luana Salles.  On 4 May, voters across six regions will take to the polls to decide who should captain their public services until 2020.  As part of the elections, the DCLG has kick-started the ‘Our May... more >
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An integrated approach to greening public transport

28/04/2017An integrated approach to greening public transport

Dave Pearson, director of transport services at West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), explains how a partnership approach is encouraging more... more >
Unlocking the combination to criminal justice reform

28/04/2017Unlocking the combination to criminal justice reform

If new mayors want to improve the life chances of their communities, help the most vulnerable and trailblaze public service reform, then criminal... more >
Improving information sharing to support integration

28/04/2017Improving information sharing to support integration

Kevin Kewin, a senior adviser in the Care and Health Improvement Programme at the LGA, explains how social care can be transformed through the us... more >
Putting digital at the heart of service delivery

28/04/2017Putting digital at the heart of service delivery

Following the recent Smart Essex Digital Summit, which was hosted by Essex County Council, David Wilde, executive director and chief information ... more >

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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 >
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 >

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