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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

What next for GOV.UK Verify?

15 May 2020

The identity-assurance tool is being used more than ever just as its future grows more uncertain. PublicTechnology examines what might happen to the service in the longer term

How Barnsley Council is building its own IT services and sharing them ‘for the greater good’

14 May 2020

The authority’s IT manager Richard Kingston explains why local government needs to collaborate for the benefit of citizens

‘We hope more people will ask for help’ – how an NHS trust is using virtual reality to treat phobias

11 May 2020

Patients in the East of England can now use immersive technology to help overcome mental health conditions. Gill Hitchcock finds out more.

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 collates data from symptom-tracker apps

22 May 2020

NHSX works with jHub to gather and analyse information collected by third-party software

Rights groups question whether plans for NHS data store are ‘appropriate, lawful and just’

22 May 2020

Signatories including Liberty and Open Knowledge Foundation call for greater transparency

Home Office tells staff working from home may be required for another year

22 May 2020

Department will shortly issue guidance on support with buying tech

Opinion

‘We need your data’ – how the ONS is mobilising the power of information in the fight against coronavirus

20 May 2020

As the UK enters its ninth week of lockdown, interim deputy national statistician Frankie Kay calls for organisations to bring their data together to address the nation’s challenges

Digital is needed now more than ever

12 May 2020

PublicTechnology editor Sam Trendall salutes the outstanding efforts of public sector technologists in helping to respond to coronavirus

 

Maintaining agile culture while working remotely

1 May 2020

A lack of physical proximity need not be a barrier to collaboration and an inclusive culture, according Rasmus Koefoed-Jespersen and Susheel Dodeja of BJSS

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