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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

Liam Maxwell: ‘Transformation is nothing to do with tech – it is about a change of business model’

15 June 2018

Government's national technology adviser discusses why getting digital reforms through the machinery of government may require some help from Jason Bourne

 

Interview: government DDaT skills chief on her work to recruit and develop digital leaders

11 June 2018

PublicTechnology talks to the head of capability for the civil service’s DDaT profession, Holly Ellis, about how the mantra of ‘do things once’ is being applied to help departments hire and train digital talent

 

By students, for students – digital life at the University of Lincoln

7 June 2018

Director of digital student life Tom Wright tells PublicTechnology about how the university’s approach to social media is led by students

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

No way of determining value or efficacy of Universal Credit – but DWP has ‘no practical alternative’ but to press on, NAO concludes

15 June 2018

Auditors acknowledge some progress has been made in the last five years and department insists programme is providing value

Online legal aid eligibility checker still runs only on Internet Explorer

15 June 2018

No current plans to update service that only works consistently on long-retired browser that cannot be downloaded onto Android and Apple products

Transport for London BYOD scheme accredits more than 3,500 staff devices

14 June 2018

Report from Parliament Street think tank shows explosion in number of smartphones and tablets registered as part of programme

Opinion

Why peer support, not a grand vision, is the key to shared services

6 June 2018

Richard Blanford of Fordway believes there is scope for much more growth in shared services if local authorities focus on working with each other

The public sector must be transparent on data use to gain citizens’ trust

30 May 2018

While GDPR is right to provide individuals with greater control over how their information is used, the benefits of sharing data should not be overlooked, believes Rose Lasko-Skinner of Reform

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

21 May 2018

The public sector needs to be careful it does not fall foul of citizens’ growing disquiet about how their data is used and by whom, according to PublicTechnology editor Sam Trendall

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