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.
Data changes pose imminent challenge to every council
The new General Data Protection Regulation comes into force in May this year – presenting yet another challenge to the way authorities manage and share people’s information.
EXCLUSIVE: Finance settlement 'shambles' after provisional data wrong
The local government finance settlement has descended into a shambles after it emerged allocations in the provisional document were wrong, The MJ can exclusively reveal.
Accuracy of DTOC figures questioned
Senior adult social care leaders have raised concerns with government over the accuracy of the data underpinning NHS England’s delayed transfer of care figures (DTOC), The MJ understands.
Gwynne urges rates relief data review
Marsham Street’s plan to name and shame councils failing to deliver business rates relief has turned sour amid claims Whitehall’s list is riddled with mistakes.
Blending public health strategy with data
Gerrard Abi-Aad explains how Kent CC's data strategies have helped to revolutionise the way the council delivers public health services across the county.
Challenge Government data, NAO tells chief execs
Local authorities should challenge data and analysis put forward by the Government, the comptroller and auditor general of the National Audit Office has said.
The state of information sharing in public services
As the Centre for Excellence in Information Sharing prepares to produce a major report, Nathaniel Aust calls for views on the current state of information sharing.
Business rates appeals process in 'disarray'
The Valuation Office Agency’s (VOA) new business rates appeals process is in ‘disarray,’ council finance chiefs have claimed after further delays were confirmed.
Council ‘must improve data protection training’
Cheshire West & Chester Council has been told to improve its data protection training by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after failings were found.
The power of data
Stewart Eldridge discusses with key figures the way local authorities have been making the most of quality, comprehensive data to deal with the challenge of delivering efficient, quality services.
Put your trust in the right data
Nigel Lynn comments on the importance of thoroughly-checked local statistics – and a willingness for councils to actually act on them