Interview: Conservative peer Chris Holmes calls for a considered but can-do attitude from government on blockchain
Two sides to the BitCoin? Conservative peer Chris Holmes talks to Rebecca Hill about being positive about blockchain’s potential for public services without seeing it as a ‘wonder drug’.
A digital front door: Cornwall council’s plan to make up for underinvestment and a failed supplier partnership
At the start of the year, Cornwall Council’s cabinet approved an £18m digital improvement plan...
At the end of March, the government is facing a brain-drain as contractors leave the public sector rather than be caught out by stricter tax rules. But Eduserv’s Max Elliott-Massouras says the focus should be on the value of contractors – not their cost.
Councils should be in the “driving seat” of technological change, but need to rethink the role they play in their locality and invest in long-term planning, a report has said.
Figures released to parliament confirm departments’ spending on paper is falling - but some still spend more than £2m a year
The number of public sector bodies using the Crown Hosting Framework for data centres is set to increase, as the Crown Commercial Service takes over responsibility for the service.
Lords Economics Affairs Committee says estimates of savings ‘little more than guesswork’
The government needs to distribute digital expertise to procurement teams across Whitehall if it is to succeed in efforts to increase innovation in public services, a conference has heard.
The Ministry of Justice has become the latest department to transfer its employee data onto the government’s shared back-office IT system.
The Government Digital Service is planning to review around 30% of departments' digital projects based on "continuous interactions" with tech teams rather than set spending limits.
The Home Office is seeking a “robust and charismatic” deputy director for Emergency Services Network Mobilisation.
The London Borough of Hounslow is one of two London councils to sign new long-term deals with Liberata.
Accenture “underestimated the complexity” of the project to build a national IT system for Police Scotland, with the decision to use a waterfall approach being a major reason for its failure, a report has said.
The Environment Agency has extended the contract it has had with Capgemini since 2009 for another 18 months.
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 Government Digital Service’s notification service has gone live across all central government departments, with local government – and letters – next on the team’s list.
The government has published its long-awaited Digital Strategy, which sets out plans to increase digital inclusion, data skills and industry links.
The chief executive of the civil service has said that the now scrapped NHS patient data-sharing programme Care.data was a “misstep” that put efforts to increase government data sharing back.
There were 7.4 million people using a digital personal tax account by the end of 2016 – 400,000 more than its initial target – according to HMRC’s quarterly performance figures.
The government’s Common Technology Services team is pitching itself as a central support and advice service for departments exiting both large and small IT contracts.
The Ministry of Defence has said that “over 90%” of outstanding invoices through its new online procurement platform have been processed, as suppliers complain that they are still waiting to be paid.
The Government Digital Service has said it will use “more robust metrics” for GOV.UK as its 2017-18 roadmap reveals plans to improve email subscription, content search and user journeys.
HMRC has said that it will develop its identity assurance solution to replace Government Gateway when it ends in March 2018 – rather than using the government’s flagship GOV.UK Verify.