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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

‘It would be ludicrous to make digital policy in a way that wasn’t digital’ – Labour’s crowdsourced plan for the UK’s technology future

13 December 2017

Shadow digital minister Liam Byrne launches ‘slightly mad experiment’ to help set the party’s digital agenda

The ten key questions – and nine answers – facing the public sector on GDPR

11 December 2017

With less than six months until new data-protection law is introduced, PublicTechnology hears from regulators and data professionals across central and local government about what they see as the major challenges facing them between now and 25 May

Hampshire County Council uses tech to tackle loneliness

7 December 2017

Hampshire’s director of adults’ health and care Graham Allen talks to Gill Hitchcock about using IT to relieve loneliness among the county’s older population and where he finds inspirational digital ideas

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

UK Space Agency to offer public sector workers crash course in satellite applications

14 December 2017

Space for Smarter Government Programme plans two one-day courses to introduce public servants to satellite technology

First care providers connect to HSCN

13 December 2017

Devon Doctors and Earl Mountbatten Hospice connect to new network

Civil service faces pre-Brexit battle with private sector for 'rare' tech skills

13 December 2017

Chief executive Manzoni lifts lid on centralised recruitment drive for digital specialists as Whitehall looks to bring in extra staff ahead of Brexit

Opinion

How to disaggregate in 18 months

14 December 2017

Mark Hastings of Rainmaker Solutions applauds the Government’s guidance on Whitehall IT disaggregation, but argues that it need not take anywhere near as long as the four years suggested

Why the public sector should work more closely with charities

6 December 2017

Vodafone's Mick Wayman opines that better co-operation with the non-profit sector could help save money and improve service levels

Why some UK local authorities are stuck in in a digital Stone Age

30 November 2017

Ross Harling of Netitude lifts the lid on the findings of a study which shows UK councils are failing to recognise some major opportunities of digitisation

Q&A