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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

‘We fought hard to work in a different way’ – how GOV.UK Notify flourished with a small team

15 July 2019

The messaging service’s product manager discusses how it plans to expand

Making digital dementia-friendly

11 July 2019

Gill Hitchcock reports on how government, councils and tech developers can remove the obstacles to digital inclusivity for people with dementia

Beyond G-Cloud – what next for government tech procurement?

9 July 2019

PublicTechnology talks to CCS technology director Niall Quinn and a selection of suppliers about the future of IT procurement

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

HMRC annual report shows online growth but acknowledges Brexit peril

23 July 2019

More people are accessing more online services, department claims, but 'large amount of uncertainty' remains around Brexit

DWP sticks with US giant FICO for £5m digital debt platform

23 July 2019

US-based credit-score provider retains contract to department’s debt-management system

Major tech suppliers could be shut out of government work under new prompt-payment rules

23 July 2019

Nine in 10 deals worth £5m or more are awarded to firms that fail to meet incoming supply-chain regulations, according to Tussell

Opinion

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

How Nottinghamshire drove broadband uptake – and made £5m

17 May 2019

Ceren Clulow of Nottinghamshire County Council, discusses the benefits for local authorities in optimising the uptake of superfast broadband in their region – including potential major rebates on initial infrastructure investments

Is Matt Hancock forcing online regulation by the back door?

2 May 2019

The unilateral decision to compel social media companies to work with charities on harmful content has not been subjected to the necessary scrutiny, believes tech policy expert Heather Burns

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