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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

‘You’re always competing with something’: EY’s global lead for government on recruitment in a digital age

7 April 2017

Ageing governments across the world are crying out for an injection of fresh talent. EY's George Atalla tells Rebecca Hill that they have plenty to offer - but need to change their approach.

Torfaen tweets: How a small Welsh council is punching above its weight on social media

6 April 2017

Finding new ways to publish public information has turned Torfaen Council into a local government social media leader. Gill Hitchcock reports.

Interview: Conservative peer Chris Holmes calls for a considered but can-do attitude from government on blockchain

27 March 2017

Two sides to the BitCoin? Conservative peer Chris Holmes talks to Rebecca Hill about being positive about blockchain’s potential for public services without seeing it as a ‘wonder drug’.

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

Accuracy of HMRC’s tax calculating tool questioned in House of Commons

26 April 2017

Finance Bill debate raises concerns over tax authority’s IR35 calculator

Government ‘still committed’ to digitisation of tax system as Finance Bill passed by MPs

26 April 2017

Financial secretary to the Treasury tells parliament that Making Tax Digital is not gone for good

Lack of digital skills biggest hurdle for governments to overcome, Gartner analysis finds

26 April 2017

Research vice president says public sector needs to embrace start-ups and move workforce out of low-value repetitive roles

Opinion

‘A symbolic moment has passed’: Prospective city mayors have missed the chance to champion tech

11 April 2017

In three weeks, voters in Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool get to choose new mayors, but you’d be hard pushed to find much mention of tech in their manifestos, says David Walker. He asks if there’s a reason for their seemingly half-hearted approach to IT.

NAO offers 'balanced view' of history of digital transformation, but GDS now needs to focus on Brexit

3 April 2017

Much will be made of the UK spending watchdog’s recent report on how the Government Digital Service is adapting to its new way of working – but the real test of government digital is more likely to be Brexit, writes the Institute for Government’s Daniel Thornton.

Public sector IT contractors: Focus on value not cost as IR35 hits

22 March 2017

At the end of March, the government is facing a brain-drain as contractors leave the public sector rather than be caught out by stricter tax rules. But Eduserv’s Max Elliott-Massouras says the focus should be on the value of contractors – not their cost.

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