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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

Q&A: UK Export Finance IT chief on how the department changed supply strategy after 15 years

16 August 2017

Central government credit agency last year moved away from long-term single-supplier outsourcing deal to embrace disaggregated model

Canterbury raises its barriers to digital delivery

11 August 2017

Peter Davies, Canterbury City Council’s head of digital transformation, talks to Gill Hitchcock about cloud, SaaS, big data, and delivering 85% of services digitally by 2019

Interview: Lifting the lid on how outsourcing giants offer government a ‘diseconomy of scale’

9 August 2017

Littlefish boss Steve Robinson has worked in Whitehall as part of both an SME and a multinational. Here, he shares his insights from both sides of the fence

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

Cabinet Office launches £4m project to drive use of software robots across civil service

17 August 2017

Supplier Capgemini to train civil servants and help departments develop RPA applications

GDS: ‘We need a step change in public procurement’

17 August 2017

Government Digital Service takes part in OECD initiative to create strategic plan to reform procurement to make it more open and flexible

Scottish Parliament repels 'brute-force cyberattack' as MSPs urged to toughen up passwords

17 August 2017

Holyrood reports that systems remain operational and no accounts are known to have been breached following assault by 'external forces'

Opinion

A hundred days in, are the new metro mayors keeping their digital promises?

15 August 2017

Georgina Maratheftis of techUK urges the new city-region chiefs not to neglect digital devolution

Why civil servants shouldn’t check their emails on holiday

10 August 2017

Garry Graham of Prospect argues that cultivating a healthy work-life balance for employees will benefit the public sector

To make the most of new technology, the NHS needs a cultural shift

4 August 2017

The health service needs to make sure its people are geared up for the data-rich future, according to Afshin Attari of Exponential-e 

Q&A