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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

EXCL: Trader woes – inside customs firms’ months of HMRC struggle

30 September 2022

As work continues on the imminent switch-off of the UK’s 30-year-old customs IT platform, many of its users believed that issues with government internal systems meant that they too were facing imminent closure. PublicTechnology investigates.

‘These are fundamental to empowering individuals’ – ICO takes action against departments and councils over data requests

28 September 2022

Ministry of Defence and Home Office are among those reprimanded over major backlogs that caused ‘significant distress’ to individuals. PublicTechnology finds out more.

Departments vary in civil servants’ enthusiasm to return to Whitehall HQs

15 September 2022

Department for Education’s Sanctuary Buildings saw occupancy double after Jacob Rees-Mogg’s letter in mid-April

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

Government taps Rightmove for parking data in £25k deal

30 September 2022

Department for Transport signs contract with online property firm

Departments asked to set out additional savings – alongside growth plans

30 September 2022

Agencies will be tasked with both identifying efficiencies and ways in which they can support chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s ambitions to increase GDP

Covid contracts: PAC chair calls out use of procurement short-cuts

29 September 2022

Meg Hillier claims that massive deals were awarded with competition as emergency measures were used for longer than required

Opinion

Local authorities and their suppliers must connect the digitally excluded

1 August 2022

Various vulnerable groups are among those at risk of lacking the connectivity or skills to engage with public services, according to Graham Cutting of Cantium

Government can help make the UK a world-leader in quantum technology

13 July 2022

A pipeline of both technical and commercial skills, and proper consideration of the ethical implications is needed to ensure organisations are not left behind, according to Laura Foster of techUK

How early engagement can give a glimpse of students’ academic future

6 July 2022

Data analytics is key to ensuring that students continue to progress throughout their studies, according to Helen Higson of Aston Business School

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