Work to begin on new planning register
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'
A rallying cry has been made for councils to make use of the reams of available untapped data.
Digital exclusion is London’s challenge
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
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
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
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
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
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
Diary had such high hopes for GDPR.
Shining a light on dark data
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
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.
Education secretary appears at ADCS conference for first time in a decade
Provision for care leavers and children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) dominated a speech by education secretary Damian Hinds.
From care services to more caring places
Alex Khaldi explains why insight and oversight matter in social care.
People power: why cities must embrace data democracy for the public good
Nathan Pierce argues it is time our data was put to use by European cities for the public good rather than private gain.
Council 'cliff edge' warning
Councils could face a ‘cliff edge’ if assessments of relative needs are fixed for five years and then reset under a new finance model.
Pensions data improvement drive
Local government pension schemes (LGPS) will be visited next week to be given advice on how to improve the data they collect.
GDPR and you
Every council is a data-driven business. GDPR marks the starting line for better data management writes Jos Creese.
Click me baby one more time
Everybody’s inboxes are currently packed with emails urging them to opt in, sign up or re-register, spurred by the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Evolution vs revolution
There is a data revolution coming, and Shropshire Council has embraced this to help improve local knowledge and services. Andy Begley looks at the progress made.
Dawes: Another Section 114 possible
Marsham Street's top official has told MPs she cannot give them a ‘categorical assurance’ there will not be another Northamptonshire-style collapse.