A straw poll session at this year’s Socitm Spring Conference revealed some uncomfortable insights on the state of digital transformation across the UK public sector. Mel Ross looks at what’s to be done.
The think tank ResPublica has called for the creation of a northern digital service to provide a shared platform for automating council services across the region.
Communities and local government secretary Greg Clark has promised local authorities a seat at the Brexit negotiating table.
Whitehall is granting councils more and more freedom, but David Walker argues that they might be facing more than they have bargained – or budgeted - for.
The managing director of Wolverhampton City Council has been ordered to sign a commitment to improve staff data-protection training after recent incidents in which sensitive employee information were inadvertently disclosed
Telecommunications giant BT has been picked as the sole supplier for a pan-London ICT procurement framework that will be open to most of the public sector and worth up to £200m.
Digital transformation projects that lack long-term resourcing and buy-in from council leaders risk being isolated and unsustainable, the Local Government Association has said.
Six councils have signed up to a fraud and error review service provided by the technology company CapacityGrid.
Central Edinburgh is to get free Wi-Fi and improved mobile phone coverage after the City of Edinburgh Council signed a deal for a new network in the city centre.
River Clyde Housing is to test the Internet of Things with a new project that will install sensors on a housing estate.
The Greater London Authority is working on a secure, private version of its London Datastore that will allow boroughs to share sensitive information to help improve services.
Local authorities must demand open access to data generated via service contracts if they are to maximise the potential benefits of the smart cities agenda, the Socitm spring conference heard.
The difference between incremental service change and wholesale digital transformation is poorly understood in local government, according to a straw poll at Socitm’s spring conference.
Local authorities in England face at least a dozen distinct barriers to fully harnessing the power of digital service-delivery, according to research presented at Socitm’s spring conference.
Advances in the video game industry that have built customer-engagement and provided a rich source of data for developers can be emulated by councils, Socitm’s spring conference has heard.
Mark Smith has been promoted to lead the government's high-performance digital network for public-sector organisations, the Public Services Network.
Thirty-four councils have bagged cash pots of up to £40,000 to develop digital solutions for health and social care integration, welfare reform, and troubled families projects.
IT and outsourcing giant CGI has signed up Agilisys to deliver core elements of its £92m digital-services contract with Scottish Borders Council.
Digital economy minister Ed Vaizey has told MPs there should be more synergy in the way Whitehall departments invest in technology.
Three London councils are set for an ICT partnership predicted to save £6m a year, but success will require transparency, continual assessment and an exit plan for each authority. Gill Hitchcock reports.
The Public Services Network’s £999 compliance charge for using the Government Secure Internet Convergence Framework has been removed and replaced with a set of unbundled fees that should always be cheaper, according the Government Digital Service.