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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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Universal Credit: will a full flowering ever see the light of day?

8 February 2016

Why watchdogs are warning that councils need more time and information to make digital delivery of Universal Credit a success.

Dudley Green in Camden

Digital rooftops: how Camden Council is building connectivity

27 January 2016

Ahead of his speech at the Socitm Spring Conference, Councillor Theo Blackwell explains Camden's blue sky approach to improving access.

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European rules 'must not be allowed to stifle internet of things'

7 January 2016

Understanding the potential of the new, connected environment is essential, say digital technology experts.

News

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Lewisham app refunds shoppers to boost trade

8 February 2016

Lewisham Council in London is funding trials of an app aimed at attracting shoppers to visit small traders by refunding their parking fees.

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Public sector chiefs are 'holding back digital revolution'

8 February 2016

Public sector bosses should not stand in the way of technological progress to transform the way public bodies and local authorities operate, according to the director of the Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing.

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Councils 'must play part in national cybersecurity ecosystem'

5 February 2016

Socitm has called on the UK government to include local authorities in the development of the government's National Cybersecurity Strategy.

Opinion

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Ransomware – what can public bodies do about it?

5 February 2016

In the wake of last week’s ransomware attack on Lincolnshire County Council, Des Ward looks how public bodies should respond.

Liz Truss MP

Data revolution is our generation's 'Big Bang'

2 February 2016

Environment secretary Liz Truss says digital reform is the 21st Century equivalent of Margaret Thatcher's 1980s financial reforms.

Jane Roberts, is strategy director for public sector digital management firm Toplevel

The toll of transformation – How to reduce digital project costs

28 January 2016

Digital projects need to reduce dependency on specialist digital and programming skills, according to Jane Roberts.

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