A Whitehall trial of the use of Blockchain technology for the payment and spending of benefits has raised concerns about data privacy and government control.
MPs have said that the plan to allow local authorities to retain 100% of business rates while cutting their central government grants could lead to an inability to get resources to councils in need.
Governments around the world have successfully used innovative schemes to build diversity - and technology is proving to be the place to make quick wins, says Joshua Chambers.
The UK has been ranked first in the provision of digital public services in Europe, according to a Telefonica report measuring the world’s digital economy.
Local authorities’ use of digital technologies in adult social care is to be assessed as part of an inquiry by MPs.
Crowdfunding projects offer local authorities the chance to gather data on their communities and access low-cost digital platforms, according to innovation agency Nesta.
UK local authorities have markedly improved their websites’ accessibility for those with disabilities in the past year, but overall user experience has fallen slightly, a survey has found.
Most council leaders are confident in their digital approach, but less than a third of the public agree, according to a PwC survey.
The government is not providing the digital skills or the infrastructure needed to make their own Universal Credit programme work, says Chi Onwurah.
Six councils have signed up to a fraud and error review service provided by the technology company CapacityGrid.
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”
Nadira Hussain says local government IT can achieve better outcomes by using the analytical, negotiating and project management skills of women. Gill Hitchcock reports.
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 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.
Microsoft looks at how digital technology can improve firefighter safety
Software, technology and outsourcing firm Civica has appointed former Cabinet Office executive director of transformation Ed Welsh as its UK government advisor.
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.
Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust has improved some of the information governance issues exposed by investigations into a series of data losses and thefts, according to the Information Commissioner’s Office.