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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

Digital

Why the digital standard must be on every council’s agenda

5 May 2016

West Berkshire’s digital lead Phil Rumens talks about the task of ensuring the new Local Government Digital Service Standard makes an impact. Gill Hitchcock reports.

Viviane Reding against a red background

Is data protection regulation one more step towards a digital single market?

4 May 2016

MEP and former European commissioner Viviane Reding talks data protection and why economics trumps feminism.

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Outgoing Socitm president Nadira Hussain: “The value of a diverse workforce is clear, but the perception remains that tech is about geeky men in darkened rooms in front of screens”

26 April 2016

Nadira Hussain says local government IT can achieve better outcomes by using the analytical, negotiating and project management skills of women. Gill Hitchcock reports.  

News

Digital divide

Public sector staff fear their organisations aren't ready for digital transformation – survey

5 May 2016

Almost half of those working in the public sector believe their organisation still needs to come up with a plan for long-term digital transformation, according to a new survey.

Ambulance

CCS launches £25m telematics framework

5 May 2016

The Crown Commercial Service has launched a new vehicle telematics framework which it says could save public bodies £3 for every £1 invested.

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National Audit office to probe Crown Commercial Service

4 May 2016

The National Audit Office is to investigate how effective the government's efforts to centralise procurement through the Crown Commercial Service have been.

Opinion

Bhuwan Kaushik at Spectromax

G-Cloud's growing pains

29 April 2016

G-Cloud needs to evolve with the market to arrest a recent slump in sales through the framework, says Bhuwan Kaushik.

Jane Roberts, is strategy director for public sector digital management firm Toplevel

Shadow IT: Is the gulf between digital and IT teams creating chaos?

28 April 2016

Managers need to design and implement solutions that meet the needs of staff as well as the end user, says Jane Roberts.

Roberto Viola

Smart cities: the next stage

21 April 2016

Smart cities are already starting to become a reality, but the the next challenge is to make the leap to a big open market based on interoperable solutions and common procurement specifications, writes Roberto Viola.

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