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Editorial

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

Richard Gregory, Tech North

‘I don’t buy into the idea that Tech City is taking over’: Tech North’s new leader on autonomy, councils and northern humbleness

29 July 2016

What can the body charged with boosting the tech industry in the north of England offer local government? According to its new director Richard Gregory, a lot. Rebecca Hill reports.

Internet of Things

Matching vision with investment: How councils can benefit from IoT

26 July 2016

Council IT chiefs tell Sooraj Shah that, although the Internet of Things has huge potential for local government, it’s still early days for the technology.

Leeds town hall

Leeds paves the way to joined-up health and social care across the country

11 July 2016

Dylan Roberts, Leeds City Council’s digital chief, tells Gill Hitchcock that other public services could benefit from the local authority’s open source integrated care record programme, Ripple.

News

Property for sale

Land Registry privatisation must not affect open-data pledge, says Tory MP Bernard Jenkin

28 July 2016

Privatising the Land Registry could create a “real and unavoidable tension” between the profitability of privatised operations and the government’s open data ambitions, Bernard Jenkin, the chairman of the public administration committee, has said.

UK Supreme Court

Supreme Court rules Scottish government's Named Persons scheme unlawful

28 July 2016

Judges have said that the Scottish National Party's controversial Named Person scheme is unlawful and lacks safeguards for the sharing of sensitive information.

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GOV.UK to take more responsibility for local links as Local Directgov is retired

28 July 2016

The Local Directgov site that councils use to manage links for their services could be retired as early as next month, with more control of those links moving to GOV.UK, the Government Digital Service has said.

Opinion

A dictaphone with a paper and pen

Trust in the social services: Can recording meetings build better relationships?

29 July 2016

High-profile social care reviews have highlighted the need for comprehensive record-keeping. James Foley, vice-president for customer experience at BT smartnumbers, asks whether the electronic recording of meetings could improve trust between clients and social workers.

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Clouded vision: What to think about when you think about web services

22 July 2016

Budget pressures are persuading governments to look to the cloud to improve services while keeping costs down. Max Peterson of Amazon Web Services sets out five questions to ask yourself along the way.

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Digital transformation needs a little more talk and much more action

13 July 2016

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.

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