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Editorial

Pickles confirms plan to change electronic agenda rules

26 February 2014

The government has confirmed that it is planning to legislate to allow councillors to be sent agendas for council meetings electronically.

Features

‘Running towards change’ – government uses Budget to bet big on digital and data

22 November 2017

A comprehensive round-up of a wide range of measures that commit more funding, create new bodies and programmes, and change the legislative landscape of public sector technology

Nonsense or necessity? Doctors divided on NHS e-Referrals

17 November 2017

With the deadline for going paperless less than a year away, Gill Hitchcock finds that front-line workers have differing views on health service’s tech systems

Interview: Tony Singleton on two decades at the forefront of digital government

15 November 2017

After calling time on a long civil-service career earlier this year, the former Directgov and GDS leader discusses how digital government has evolved during the 20 years he spent as one of its leading advocates

Interview

In it for the long-run: Why Luton council signed a 10-year ICT deal

7 March 2017

Luton Borough Council chose to renew its IT contract rather than go with a new provider. The council’s technology lead tells Gill Hitchcock how it shifted to an outcomes-based approach – and why a flexible 10-year contract can still be a good deal.

‘The skill set for any CIO is the same’: Socitm president Geoff Connell on moving from borough to county

11 January 2017

Geoff Connell took up his role of CIO at Norfolk County Council in August last year. Rebecca Hill asks him how he found the change from the London Borough of Newham, and finds out what’s on his to-do list.

News

NHS’s £500m HSCN deal goes live with nine suppliers

24 November 2017

Nonet of firms become first providers to be added to dynamic purchasing system for NHS’s new network

Geospatial Commission launched to 'turn government data into jobs and savings'

24 November 2017

Open Data Institute among those to welcome creation of new body

Lincolnshire seeks antisocial behaviour case-management platform for multi-agency use

24 November 2017

Technology could also be deployed in other areas, such as domestic abuse and offender management

Opinion

Data can, and should, inform better policy

21 November 2017

David Downing of SAS outlines why the government needs to make better use of its reservoirs of data

Message to Amber Rudd: Undermining encryption makes us less safe

18 November 2017

Craig Stewart of Venafi believes that governments need to stop characterising the security technology as the enemy

The pros and cons of dynamic purchasing systems

8 November 2017

Ian Fishwick of Innopsis argues that, while the DPS model is imperfect, the government should be commended for trying new procurement ideas

 

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