Index reveals true scale of town halls’ resilience
Northamptonshire CC is no longer the council most at risk when it comes to its financial stability, data has revealed.
Learning to lead is essential to the future
Nadira Hussain asks how the sector can future-proof continuous improvement when technology and ‘need’ evolve all the time.
Heather Jameson talks to Jamie Driscoll, North of Tyne Mayor, about the main challenges facing the combined authority, the region’s devolution deal, and putting party politics to one side to work with the Northern Powerhouse minister.
Providing a clear picture of care
By bringing financial and care quality data together to be accessed in one place in real-time, 11 councils are reaping the benefits of a regional collaboration. Iain MacBeath explains.
EXCLUSIVE: Government silent on no-deal cloud risks
The Government has refused to reveal if all major providers of cloud-based services are aware of the risks a no-deal Brexit may bring.
IoW investigates data breech
Isle of Wight Council is investigating a data breach after it sent out council tax letters containing residents’ personal information.
The MJ Data and Digital: Getting digital right
Working on digital partnerships is fraught with pitfalls. Kirsty Cole and Melvyn Ingleson offer top tips for making sure you get the best out of your digital transformation deals.
Named person scheme dropped
A mandatory named person scheme for every child in Scotland – underpinned by law – will not now happen, deputy first minister John Swinney has announced.
Beware the ‘pandemonium’ of UC
It’s all change – again – at the top of the Department for Work and Pensions. But where does the departure of Amber Rudd leave the beleaguered Universal Credit policy? Ann McGauran reports
Ready for the revolution?
With the rise of technology in the workplace, Nesta and The MJ asked local government frontline workers and staff about their councils’ approach to innovation. Heather Jameson reports on the results.
Data the key to supporting through UC
As Universal Credit replaces Housing Benefit, local authorities will lose access to the rich data that allows them to target support, warns Deven Ghelani.
Be clear on the service benefits of digitisation
Tracie Langley says digitisation is 'worth every single penny' - but it is the service redesign that gives the benefit, not just a shiny new system.
The MJ Data and Digital: Digitising democracy
Digital minister for Taiwan, Audrey Tang has brought the openness and transparency she found on the internet to the government and created a system to crowdsource answers to policy problems. Heather Jameson reports
If you're going to engage you've got to mean it
In Taiwan, revolutionary Government minister Audrey Tang is pioneering online public consultation. Heather Jameson asks if crowdsourcing public policy is the future of engagement - but that if you do it you have to be serious about it.
Putting young people at the centre of today’s and tomorrow’s care
Richard Betts discusses how local authorities are transforming data and information flow through interoperability to deliver more joined-up care for children and families
Ticket to independence in Lancashire
Helping adults with physical disabilities and those over 65 stay healthy and independent for longer is a key challenge. But there are ways services can change to ensure people’s lives are transformed for the better. Louise Taylor explains
Councils owe it to citizens to investigate the possibilities of public cloud
Public cloud can help councils provide better, smarter and more efficient public services and is critical in helping managing costs, says Ian Sherring.
Transforming public services
The decision five years ago to wind up Whitehall’s Transformation Unit resulted in a loss of capacity and expertise, according to Pat Ritchie. Now, the new Prime Minister must embrace post-austerity place-based deals, she believes.
Harnessing the best of the West
Ann McGauran reports on the launch of Metro Dynamics’ report making the case for the creation of the UK’s next wealth generator – the Great Western Powerhouse
ADCS conference: Whitehall officials concede new model's limitations
A new model that will assess the distribution of funding for children’s services will have its limitations, Whitehall officials have admitted.