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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

‘GDS’s future mission needs clarifying’

18 October 2018

A House of Commons inquiry into the work of GDS to data and the state of digital government has begun publishing its findings. PublicTechnology looks at what a range of experts have had to say

Why digital tracking could save firefighters’ lives

11 October 2018

A Welsh fire service is calling for technology suppliers to collaborate on a digital tracking solution which could increase safety for fire crews across the globe. Gill Hitchcock reports. 

'If none of our ideas fail, we are not being ambitious enough' - inside government's data science revolution

9 October 2018

Tom Smith, managing director of the ONS Data Science Campus, tells PublicTechnology how and why he wants to 'move the needle' for the use of data across the public sector

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

Department for Education announces digital skills overhaul

19 October 2018

Qualifications push targets 11 million adults who lack basic knowhow

Home Office seeks 'police and public protection tech' leader

19 October 2018

Deputy director role set to pay up to £105k a year

Belfast seeks innovations to manage public spaces

19 October 2018

City council and Department of Justice put £120k in funding up for grabs

Opinion

We all need to utter the F word sometimes

17 October 2018

PublicTechnology editor Sam Trendall looks at the public sector’s vexed relationship with failure

Sharing civil service smart-working secrets

5 October 2018

HMRC has been lauded for its adoption of flexible working tools and practices. Luke Heselwood of think tank Reform believes the department’s Whitehall peers could learn from the tax agency’s example

Digital Marketplace SME sales data shows clouds in the silver lining

27 September 2018

Chris Farthing of Advice Cloud digs beneath the headline numbers to find both good news and cause for concern for government’s SME suppliers

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