Why the Local Land Charges Register is a crucial step forward
The Local Land Charges Register is creating the conditions for data to become a valuable standardised and accessible asset rather than a burden on councils, says Scott Goodwin.
The value of licensing tools for councils
Nicola Ray offers advice to councils on the best way of collaborating with an external tech supplier to improve digital systems’ standards and safety as they move from legacy to cloud.
Voter ID 'colossal waste of money,' says Labour
Proposals to introduce voter ID are a ‘colossal waste of money,’ Labour has argued.
Future Forum North: How do we put the heart back into local communities through place-shaping?
In a session organised by Capita, leading experts on regeneration discussed the future of town and city centres after the pandemic.
‘You’re going to get hit sometime’
A candid case study reveals that Redcar & Cleveland BC is still recovering from the impact of last year’s costly ransomware cyber attack. What are the lessons learned? Dan Peters reports.
Hitting the target but missing the point
A report by the Institute for Government highlights the risks of a target culture - 'prioritising easy wins, ignoring important issues and manipulating data', says Claire Kober.
Quarantine hotel consultation call
Council leaders have called for the Government to consult with local authorities before quarantine hotels are opened in their areas.
Social housing shortage blamed for rising bed and breakfast use
Rising numbers of people who are homeless are being placed in bed and breakfasts due to a severe shortage of social housing, council leaders have warned.
ICS: Listen to local government if we are to succeed in joining up health and care
David McKinney argues that Integrated Care Systems (ICS) will fall at the first hurdle if local authorities aren’t viewed and treated as equal partners.
Harnessing the power of data
A skills mapping platform offers local authorities the ability to show central Government and corporations why their place is worth investing in, says Vanessa Tierney.
Time to get serious about air quality
When it comes to air quality it is local authorities’ duty to go above and beyond simple compliance, says Mark Nichols.
Exit payments data made compulsory
The Government has made it compulsory for councils to provide data on exit payments.
Making a secure connection
Councils should focus on four key actions in order to take on board the new set of National Cyber Security Centre principles for local authorities and connected places, says Dan Mosca.
Innovating for a fairer start
Early years and education is one of Nesta’s three focus areas for the next decade. Tom Symons outlines how they are partnering with three councils for trial discovery projects to improve school readiness levels.
How technology can help transform person-centred care
The MJ Advertorial: Mark Kennion, Head of Public Sector at HAS Technology looks at how to put technology at the heart of service delivery for social care
Whole-system commissioning during the pandemic
Ewan King and Naheed Chaudhry look at how discharge to assess has placed strain on relationships between councils and hospitals during COVID-19 – and at how to rebuild a health partnership with the NHS.
LGA calls for clarity on exit data request
The Local Government Association (LGA) was blindsided by the Government’s demands for data on exit payments, it has emerged, and it is now asking for clarity.
Storm brewing over exit payment data demands
Government demands for details of senior staff pay-offs have been branded ‘particularly pernicious’ and unfairly aimed at local government.
The importance of data and networks in advancing racial equality
Over the last six months Graeme McDonald has been a commissioner on Tower Hamlets’ Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic Inequalities Commission. What stuck out for him in the recommendations from the final report?
Open source is the way forward for open democracy
For local councils, open source has the potential to enable innovations and optimise the way they work, says Lora Botev of CitizenLab.