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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

‘Unsettling and very stressful’ – Home Office letter warns settled EU citizens of benefit cut-off

8 September 2021

Following a government ‘data-matching exercise’ recipients of a recent government mail-out were warned they could be stripped of rights and payments – despite already holding settled status. PublicTechnology investigates. 

What next for the NHS GP data collection scheme?

1 September 2021

Today was supposed to mark the commencement of data-gathering for the controversial GPDPR scheme – but plans are now on hold. PublicTechnology recaps the story so far.

Will government reconsider digital-only status for EU nationals?

11 August 2021

Having hitherto steadfastly maintained its opposition to issuing physical documents to recipients of EU settled status, the Home Office recently met with campaigners to listen to new proposals. PublicTechnology finds 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

Wales to require Covid passes for nightclubs and large events

17 September 2021

Country becomes second devolved administration to diverge from Westminster policy

Johnson, Biden and Morrison target cyber and AI defence collaboration

17 September 2021

AUKUS pact will see nations ramp up work together on defence technology

Watchdog rebukes Cummings over post-government touting for business

17 September 2021

Acoba chief says future applications will not be considered unless former adviser co-operates with committee

Opinion

App-based freedoms and the relentless battle for cybersecurity

3 September 2021

As our movements increasingly depend on using our smartphones to demonstrate status, we need to ensure technology is secure, according to Dr Sarah Morris, of Cranfield University.

The stigma needs to be removed from cyberattacks

13 July 2021

The secrecy and shame associated with cyber incidents needs to be rethought, believes PublicTechnology editor Sam Trendall

How can the government innovation strategy position the UK for success?

30 June 2021

The upcoming government plan should rethink the UK’s R&D system and use public procurement to support innovative companies, according to Neil Ross of techUK

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