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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

'Officers can spend thousands more hours out in the community' – inside Manchester police's mobile revolution

16 October 2017

Chief superintendent of information services transformation tells PublicTechnology how tech has allowed GMP to do 8,000 hours of extra policing and become 'the only force in the country' to equip officers with devices for both personal and police use

HM Courts and Tribunal Service leader discusses her mission to create the online court

13 October 2017

Chief executive Susan Acland-Hood tells Richard Johnstone how the agency’s £1bn reform plan will deliver a better justice system

Do Aylesbury Vale and Alexa have the ‘skill’ for better services?

10 October 2017

Aylesbury Vale council’s IT lead Maryvonne Hassall talks to Gill Hitchcock about the potential gains – and pitfalls – of adopting AI in local government

 

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

MoD and Home Office put £1.6m into robot and drone projects for hazardous environments

16 October 2017

Four UK tech SMEs have received backing for technologies designed to safely assess the potential presence of dangerous matter

NHS clears path for £45m rollout of online GP consultations across England

16 October 2017

Health service readies procurement process for framework allowing GPs and CCGs to buy digital-consultation services

 

Major report urges government to create dedicated AI programme for public sector

16 October 2017

A government-commissioned study makes 18 recommendations, including asking GDS to help create a scheme to boost public sector use of artificial intelligence

Opinion

A checklist for shared-services success

15 October 2017

Jason Laroche of Arvato offers his to-do list for local authorities planning a shared-services project

 

NHS Spine is a better option for data-sharing than local care records

10 October 2017

Tas Hind of Essentia argues that STPs have a ready-made system in place for sharing patient data with bodies across the NHS and its public-sector partners

Government needs a more commercial mindset on customer service

4 October 2017

Gavin Mee of Salesforce argues that government needs to think more like the private sector in its approach to service delivery

 

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