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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

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’.

A digital front door: Cornwall council’s plan to make up for underinvestment and a failed supplier partnership

23 March 2017

At the start of the year, Cornwall Council’s cabinet approved an £18m digital improvement plan that aims to fix years of IT underinvestment. Gill Hitchcock reports.

Interview: GDS leader Kevin Cunnington on 'self-help groups', spend controls and cold water swimming

16 March 2017

After a tumultuous first six months as director general of the Government Digital Service, Kevin Cunnington has finally got the long-awaited Transformation Strategy off his desk and is looking forward to an office move. He tells Rebecca Hill about Whitehall “self-help groups”, reforms to spend controls and cold water swimming.

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

Verify business case ‘undermined’ by its performance, as GDS ‘struggle to adapt’ to changing role

30 March 2017

NAO says GDS has a ‘long way to go’ in a report that lays bare the problems faced by the government's flagship identity assurance programme Verify

Data reveals imbalance in effort-to-gain ratio for GDS spend controls team

30 March 2017

NAO urges GDS to use ‘proportionate effort’ on spend controls as data shows lowest cost digital projects take up most of the spend controls team's time but deliver the smallest savings​​

 

Scottish government launches its first register

29 March 2017

Authoritative list of Scottish local authorities enters alpha as Whitehall announces registers of government organisations, prisons and administrative regions

Opinion

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.

If you make bold decisions, you have to execute them well: Five lessons for getting transformation right

20 March 2017

Aingaran Pillai, CEO and founder of open source software company Zaizi, says that governments need to make bold decisions on digital - but make sure they're executed properly. He offers his top five tips for digital staff here.

Keeping tabs on transformation: Why tracking progress will be crucial for success

2 March 2017

A lack of benchmarking data on digital transformation programmes in government makes it hard to evaluate success at a time when it has ever been more important, says Jane Roberts, strategy director at TopLevel. 

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