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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.

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User need and integrated, intuitive systems: How Newham is digitising social care

8 September 2016

Newham’s digital delivery could show the way for other councils to make social services more efficient. Gill Hitchcock finds out why.

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Expert verdict: Corbyn helps put digital on the map but manifesto lacks ambition

2 September 2016

The digital democracy manifesto launched by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn earlier this week has failed to gain the approval of those working in public sector technology.

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The Pokemon Go effect: How councils are tapping into augmented and virtual reality

1 September 2016

Sooraj Shah looks at the benefits of AR and VR, and asks whether councils should be spending taxpayers’ money on the emerging technologies so soon.

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Nesta issues innovation and technology to-do list for Scottish cities

29 September 2016

Scotland’s cities could improve “significantly” on the way they use technology and innovation to drive growth, a report from the CITIE partnership has said.

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Government needs flexibility and support from providers, says Atos

29 September 2016

Providers of government services must be ready to offer departments more flexibility, even when exiting from a contract, according to a report from supplier Atos.

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Councils urged to work together to challenge big vendors

28 September 2016

Local government digital officers have said that councils need to be more honest about poor products from big suppliers and work together to demand change.

Opinion

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How charities can learn from the Government Digital Service

23 September 2016

Digital technology offer charities a wealth of options. But Tris Lumley of think-tank New Philanthropy Capital says that they should heed advice from the Government Digital Service and take user-centric approach to transformation.

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Open and shut case: Should digital government be using open standards, open source or low-code?

22 September 2016

Jane Roberts strategy director at Toplevel and asks whether more clarity is needed to stop departments from tying themselves in knots over what kind of ‘open’ to use.

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Arvato public sector chief: Councils must tap into big data to fill empty homes

21 September 2016

Debra Maxwell, chief executive officer for customer relationship management and public sector at Arvato, looks at how big data can help local authorities bring in more revenue.

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