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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

Technology, transformation and talent: is the public sector meeting its biggest reform challenges?

6 July 2022

Local and central government experts joined a recent PublicTechnology webinar discussion exploring strategies to modernise public services and their progress so far

Digital minister: ‘I’m one up from a Luddite – but I am grasping this enthusiastically’

15 June 2022

PublicTechnology met with the recently appointed Heather Wheeler, who reveals that overcoming difficulties with tech has been ‘an absolute joy’ – although she still appears to have some challenges with unfortunate remarks

Great expectations: Government unveils new digital and data strategy

9 June 2022

A new three-year plan sets out ambitious objectives for departments’ use of tech, including a commitment to improve scores of the biggest citizen services. PublicTechnology gets the lowdown from civil service chief operating officer Alex Chisholm.

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

Police investigated 4,300 cyber offences last year – but charged fewer than 100 criminals

12 August 2022

The proportion of offences resulting in a formal charge increased slightly, but remains at barely more than one in every 50

Incoming G-Cloud and Digital Outcomes frameworks formally delayed as work continues on new buying platform

12 August 2022

Procurement agency says public bodies can continue to use incumbent vehicles

Energy costs: Government plans upgrades for financial support and advice portal

12 August 2022

Online platform from BEIS aims to provide a unified service through which citizens can check eligibility for government support

Opinion

Local authorities and their suppliers must connect the digitally excluded

1 August 2022

Various vulnerable groups are among those at risk of lacking the connectivity or skills to engage with public services, according to Graham Cutting of Cantium

Government can help make the UK a world-leader in quantum technology

13 July 2022

A pipeline of both technical and commercial skills, and proper consideration of the ethical implications is needed to ensure organisations are not left behind, according to Laura Foster of techUK

How early engagement can give a glimpse of students’ academic future

6 July 2022

Data analytics is key to ensuring that students continue to progress throughout their studies, according to Helen Higson of Aston Business School

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