Government seeks suppliers for Technology Products 2 framework

26 May 2016

The Crown Commercial Service says spending through the new version of its Technology Products framework could reach £4bn.


Councils aim at £1m savings through service to tackle fraudulent claims

25 May 2016

Six councils have signed up to a fraud and error review service provided by the technology company CapacityGrid.

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May: Fire service must become more accountable

25 May 2016

The government is to bring forward plans to tighten up the inspection of fire and rescue service in England, home secretary Theresa May has said.

HMRC got digital transformation timings 'badly wrong'

25 May 2016

HMRC misjudged its digital strategy by reducing staffing levels before technical improvements were complete, according to a spending watchdog.


Digital innovation needs local leadership, says Socitm

24 May 2016

Senior local leaders need to do more to champion digital innovation in their own authorities, four professional bodies have said.

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Public sector in the north urged to open up to local tech

24 May 2016

Local authorities in the north of England have been told to share their procurement data in a bid to improve collaboration with innovative tech companies in the face of the drive to increase...


Open service standard for emergency services agreed

24 May 2016

The government has agreed an open service standard for emergency services, aimed at helping to standardise ICT interfaces and equipment.

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Minister launches £3.9m Big Data initiative for UK cities

23 May 2016

The government has announced the launch of the first phase of a £3.9m Big Data initiative – aimed at improving the quality of life in five UK cities.

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Watchdog highlights shared service centres failure

23 May 2016

A Cabinet Office-led programme to transfer the back-office functions of most departments and agencies to two independent shared services centres has failed to achieve its anticipated savings...

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Collaboration: an opportunity for councils to cut the waste

10 May 2016

Rotherham’s ICT manager Richard Copley wants a local-style GDS, but does he think the new Local Digital Coalition is the answer? Gill Hitchcock reports.


Why the digital standard must be on every council’s agenda

5 May 2016

West Berkshire’s digital lead Phil Rumens talks about the task of ensuring the new Local Government Digital Service Standard makes an impact. Gill Hitchcock reports.

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Is data protection regulation one more step towards a digital single market?

4 May 2016

MEP and former European commissioner Viviane Reding talks data protection and why economics trumps feminism.

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Outgoing Socitm president Nadira Hussain: “The value of a diverse workforce is clear, but the perception remains that tech is about geeky men in darkened rooms in front of screens”

26 April 2016

Nadira Hussain says local government IT can achieve better outcomes by using the analytical, negotiating and project management skills of women. Gill Hitchcock reports.  

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Interview: Warwickshire county council’s Tonino Ciuffini on the flexibility of cloud

21 April 2016

Warwickshire county council’s head of information assets tells Gill Hitchcock that cloud technologies offer local authorities a range of benefits provided they do their groundwork

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Government Digital Service - moving past digital?

6 April 2016

GDS has been a game-changer for the UK. But Joshua Chambers asks whether the big fish will survive without finding fresh feeding grounds

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The digital black hole in Britain’s welfare system

26 May 2016

The government is not providing the digital skills or the infrastructure needed to make their own Universal Credit programme work, says Chi Onwurah.

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People and technology must unite to fight against cyber-terrorism

23 May 2016

As IT security evolves, employees must be kept in the loop about how to keep themselves and their organisations secure, says Joel Dolisy, CIO, SolarWinds

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Rebidding as an incumbent can be tough

16 May 2016

Isabel Moritz says the chances of success by an incumbent bidder are uncertain for UK public sector tenders.

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5G presents new opportunities for economic growth

9 May 2016

5G technology will be at the heart of the Internet of Things and a key enabler to Europe's future competitiveness, says Lambert van Nistelrooij.

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G-Cloud's growing pains

29 April 2016

G-Cloud needs to evolve with the market to arrest a recent slump in sales through the framework, says Bhuwan Kaushik.