• Big data, big opportunity

    05 June 2019

    Dr Andrew Larner says it would be impossible for councils to ignore the increasing wave of big data - and embracing the change seems to be at the forefront of local authority evolution.

  • Call for 'long overdue' data collection review

    03 June 2019

    A ‘root and branch review of Government data collection’ has been called for by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

  • How to bring location to life

    28 May 2019

    GeoPlace is a a partnership between the Local Government Association and Ordnance Survey to produce a comprehensive database of address and street data. The organisation's recent conference heard that better connected more accurate location data can deliver a much brighter future.

  • Fair funding review 'credibility' warning

    24 May 2019

    The fair funding review could ‘lack credibility’ unless the Government steps up efforts to gather the most up-to-date data.

  • Data demand over settled status bids

    18 April 2019

    Councils have refused to give up after their request to access Home Office data on application rates for settled status was knocked back.

  • Newham fined over gangs data breach

    05 April 2019

    A fine of £145,000 has been imposed on Newham LBC after information about gang members fell into the hands of criminals.

  • Report calls for outsourcing reform - but warns against ban

    28 March 2019

    Government needs private firms and charities to deliver public services but should improve the rules for outsourcing, a think tank has said.

  • Councils told to seek no-deal Brexit legal advice

    22 March 2019

    Local authorities will have to seek their own legal advice on how to handle personal data in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the Government has said.

  • Breaking down the barriers to action

    16 January 2019

    Offices of Data Analytics are changing the way public sector organisations, including councils, work by creating multi-organisational actionable insight from information that would otherwise be in a silo. Michelle Eaton of Nesta explains

  • Work to begin on new planning register

    14 January 2019

    Work is being started on a new project to bring together data on planning applications from all councils across England.

  • Future Forum North: 'We're wasting data'

    07 December 2018

    A rallying cry has been made for councils to make use of the reams of available untapped data.

  • Digital exclusion is London’s challenge

    28 November 2018

    Exclusive: A new survey of London councillors shows digital exclusion is seen as their biggest challenge – and suggests there is some way to go before most residents fully trust public sector bodies to handle data securely. Ann McGauran reports

  • Embedding wellbeing in Northern Ireland

    28 November 2018

    Carnegie UK Trust is working with three community planning partnerships to help them address the challenges they face in collecting, analysing and incorporating the data needed to develop a wellbeing framework. Lauren Pennycook outlines the aims.

  • Confidential applicant details published online

    22 November 2018

    East Lindsey DC’s leader has apologised after the council published online the confidential details of people applying to be its new chief executive.

  • Ten of the best

    21 November 2018

    Which 10 councils get the best results? Consultancy firm iMPOWER claims to have found out by analysing service-based figures from 30 public datasets to create a productivity index for the 150 upper tier authorities. Heather Jameson reports

  • Moves to reduce 'nightmare' pensions data burden

    16 November 2018

    Efforts to streamline pensions administration within the academy sector could have an impact across the entire local government scheme.

  • Children's services under pressure at embattled council

    11 October 2018

    Powys CC’s children’s services remain ‘under considerable pressure’ as the council attempts to improve from a damning inspection verdict.

  • Not getting the message

    10 October 2018

    Diary had such high hopes for GDPR.

  • Shining a light on dark data

    26 September 2018

    Dr Shaibal Roy and Claire Tew explain how local government can reap previously untapped benefits from dark data analytics

  • Surge in data protection breaches reported

    31 July 2018

    Five times more data breaches have been reported since the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), with local government among the most frequent offenders.