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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

The library where councils can borrow the building blocks of a ‘Lego’ government

18 May 2018

A number of large local authorities have already signed up to a new library for sharing service-design templates. PublicTechnology finds out more

Interview: Police ICT CEO on his drive for savings and standards

16 May 2018

Recently appointed boss Ian Bell discusses his mission to ‘repair trust’ in the company while helping forces get the most out of technology

Voice activation, service transformation, and deliberately delayed mortgages – six things we learned at Sprint 18

11 May 2018

The relaunched annual GDS event shone a light on the government’s key digital-transformation strategies and initiatives for the coming months and years. PublicTechnology went along to find out more

Interview

In it for the long-run: Why Luton council signed a 10-year ICT deal

7 March 2017

Luton Borough Council chose to renew its IT contract rather than go with a new provider. The council’s technology lead tells Gill Hitchcock how it shifted to an outcomes-based approach – and why a flexible 10-year contract can still be a good deal.

‘The skill set for any CIO is the same’: Socitm president Geoff Connell on moving from borough to county

11 January 2017

Geoff Connell took up his role of CIO at Norfolk County Council in August last year. Rebecca Hill asks him how he found the change from the London Borough of Newham, and finds out what’s on his to-do list.

News

IR35 reforms have had ‘little impact on projects or vacancy-filling’, says HMRC

19 May 2018

Changes to the legislation made last year – which had been expected to have a big impact on IT contractors – have also brought in £410m in extra revenue, the tax agency claims

Police chiefs look to address ‘inconsistent’ use of social media with nationwide strategy

18 May 2018

National body looks to draw up an ‘evidence-based strategy’ for forces’ use of social platforms

Crown Prosecution Service hit with £325k fine for losing DVDs with ‘most intimate details’ of abuse victims

18 May 2018

After ICO punishment, CPS claims new digital evidence-transfer system will mean such a breach can never happen again

Opinion

We all have something to hide – and the government must let us

21 May 2018

The public sector needs to be careful it does fall foul of citizens’ growing disquiet about how their data is used and by whom, according to PublicTechnology editor Sam Trendall

Ending the ‘brogrammer’ culture – how to close the gender gap

15 May 2018

Lucy Hocking of RAND Europe looks at the three main barriers preventing women from thriving in the STEM sector – and how they can be overcome

 

One year on, have the metro mayors delivered digital devolution?

5 May 2018

After 12 months in the job, the digital performance of the heads of the six city regions is assessed by Georgina Maratheftis of techUK

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