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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

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Leeds paves the way to joined-up health and social care across the country

11 July 2016

Dylan Roberts, Leeds City Council’s digital chief, tells Gill Hitchcock that other public services could benefit from the local authority’s open source integrated care record programme, Ripple.

Zara Farrar, women's group GDS

Championing gender diversity at the GDS

8 July 2016

Not long ago, the team overseeing digital transformation in Whitehall was in need of some significant changes itself. Zara Farrar, leader of the Government Digital Service’s women’s group, tells Rebecca Hill how GDS reinvented its attitude to women.

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Road-test: DVSA tech director on how the agency passed its digital MOT

30 June 2016
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency digital services director James Munson tells Rebecca Hill that open-minded attitudes and iterative design have been crucial to the agency’s success.

News

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Home Office brings digital and technology under one roof

22 July 2016

The Home Office has merged its technology and digital units to form Home Office Digital, Data and Technology.

National Audit Office (NAO) Comptroller and Auditor General Sir Amyas Morse

Plugging Whitehall's digital skills gap could cost £213m, says NAO boss

22 July 2016

Employing all of the digital specialists required to plug the government’s digital capability gap would cost £213 million, the comptroller and auditor general and National Audit Office boss Amyas Morse has said.

Chi Onwurah

Labour's Chi Onwurah urges government not to lose sight of data ethics in post-Brexit turmoil

22 July 2016

Chi Onwurah, shadow minister for the digital economy, has called on the government to establish a joined-up data ethics framework - and not to lose focus because of Brexit. 

Opinion

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Clouded vision: What to think about when you think about web services

22 July 2016

Budget pressures are persuading governments to look to the cloud to improve services while keeping costs down. Max Peterson of Amazon Web Services sets out five questions to ask yourself along the way.

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Digital transformation needs a little more talk and much more action

13 July 2016

A straw poll session at this year’s Socitm Spring Conference revealed some uncomfortable insights on the state of digital transformation across the UK public sector. Mel Ross looks at what’s to be done.

Melanie Mylvaganam

Digitisation of the court system must not decrease access to justice

12 July 2016

Faced with the effects of years of austerity and ageing technology, investing in digital will be essential for the justice system - but new technology must work for the people, writes Melanie Mylvaganam, IT policy analyst at the Bar Council. 

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