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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

How DWP hired 13,500 new work coaches – without meeting a single one

16 November 2021

Faced with a Herculean hiring drive as coronavirus restrictions took hold, the department could not recruit candidates in the usual ways. PublicTechnology finds out it what did instead.

Borders and benefits – which government tech initiatives got a Budget boost?

29 October 2021

A rundown of the departments and programmes that received support for digital ambitions

The business case for IT upgrades and a surfeit of sign-ins – five things we learned about the future of digital government

13 October 2021

At techUK’s recent annual public sector tech conference, government’s digital leaders discussed their plans for the months ahead and the challenges they currently face. PublicTechnology listened in.

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

NHS Covid Pass to be rolled out to 12- to 15 year-olds

6 December 2021

Minister promises documentation will be available via digital and non-digital routes

How-to guide aims to open up billions of tech procurement opportunities for SMEs

6 December 2021

Government publishes advice for smaller firms and promises ‘sweeping’ rule changes to open up billions of pounds of public contracts

Common Platform: Courts workers back strike over problems with digital system

6 December 2021

Union claims new system threatens 3,000 jobs

Opinion

The digital age requires cultural sensitivity

18 October 2021

Even when sat in their living room, government officials working with international partners need to be cognisant and respectful of other cultures, according to experts Matt Minshall and Mark Roberts

‘Cutting edge’ or a ‘security nightmare’? Government anti-espionage unit on the tech behind Bond gadgets

12 October 2021

As No Time To Die smashes box-office records, technical experts from the UK National Authority for Counter-Eavesdropping tell us whether 007’s favourite spy toys are rooted in reality

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.

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