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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

Major digital programmes prompt surge in government spending on temps

16 August 2019

Whitehall’s outlay on consultants and temporary workers rose by £267m in FY19

Can the GDS innovation strategy deliver a lasting legacy for government?

14 August 2019

Government's new Innovation Strategy set out ambitious proposals to update processes, eliminate ageing kit, and embrace emerging technologies. PublicTechnology caught up with GDS innovation head Sue Bateman to find out more

How open data is helping Falkirk halt summer ‘holiday hunger’

6 August 2019

Scotland’s Falkirk Council is using open geospatial data to help families find school lunch clubs and other resources. Gill Hitchcock reports

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

Hancock looks to digitise NHS health checks

19 August 2019

Health secretary to review checks for over 40s

ICO probes King’s Cross facial recognition

16 August 2019

Information commissioner Elizabeth Denham says her office is launching an investigation into use of technology on privately owned development

NHS evaluates 70 bidders for GP IT framework

16 August 2019

Incoming £500m deal aims to break duopoly of EMIS and TPP

Opinion

Policymakers and politicians must fill the AI information vacuum

15 August 2019

UK citizens remain open to new technology, but government must act to ensure negative narratives do not take hold, believes Mark Kleinman of the King’s Policy Institute

Government badly needs a new message on encryption

1 August 2019
The new home secretary is the latest politician to put forward proposals that are disproportionate and disingenuous, believes PublicTechnology editor Sam Trendall

The digital fight needs political might

18 June 2019

The case for transformation could do with more high-profile Westminster backers, according to PublicTechnology editor Sam Trendall

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