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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

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User need and integrated, intuitive systems: How Newham is digitising social care

8 September 2016

Newham’s digital delivery could show the way for other councils to make social services more efficient. Gill Hitchcock finds out why.

ICT grades

Expert verdict: Corbyn helps put digital on the map but manifesto lacks ambition

2 September 2016

The digital democracy manifesto launched by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn earlier this week has failed to gain the approval of those working in public sector technology.

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The Pokemon Go effect: How councils are tapping into augmented and virtual reality

1 September 2016

Sooraj Shah looks at the benefits of AR and VR, and asks whether councils should be spending taxpayers’ money on the emerging technologies so soon.

News

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Total G-Cloud sales approaching £1.4bn, government reveals

27 September 2016

The latest G-Cloud sales figures show a slight decline in monthly sales in July, with local government sales remaining at just 5% of all-time sales.

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MoJ updates ‘painful’ service standard assessment process

27 September 2016

The Ministry of Justice has set out plans to continuously review internal products, in an effort “revolutionise” service standard assessment.

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Home Office offers £140,000 for platforms director

27 September 2016

The Home Office is seeking a director of infrastructure and platforms to develop a “new culture of technical excellence” in the department.

Opinion

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How charities can learn from the Government Digital Service

23 September 2016

Digital technology offer charities a wealth of options. But Tris Lumley of think-tank New Philanthropy Capital says that they should heed advice from the Government Digital Service and take user-centric approach to transformation.

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Open and shut case: Should digital government be using open standards, open source or low-code?

22 September 2016

Jane Roberts strategy director at Toplevel and asks whether more clarity is needed to stop departments from tying themselves in knots over what kind of ‘open’ to use.

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Arvato public sector chief: Councils must tap into big data to fill empty homes

21 September 2016

Debra Maxwell, chief executive officer for customer relationship management and public sector at Arvato, looks at how big data can help local authorities bring in more revenue.

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