• Digital fund winners announced

    11 December 2018

    Some 16 projects involving 57 councils have secured the first grants from the Government’s local digital fund.

  • Future Forum North: AI 'will not reduce workforce size'

    06 December 2018

    Artificial intelligence (AI) will not reduce the size of the local government workforce, a top private sector figure has predicted.

  • Breaking down the barriers to change

    04 December 2018

    A survey of local authority chief executives and directors by The MJ and BT found strong resistance to transformational change among their management teams. The issues were discussed at a round table with senior staff in the Midlands

  • Partnering up for care solutions

    28 November 2018

    Health and social care workers are thin on the ground, so will a new digital tool aimed at making it easier to recruit them make a vital difference? Ann McGauran finds out

  • 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.

  • We’re delivering a digital Dorset

    28 November 2018

    As Dorset Councils Partnership transitions into one new council, Penny Mell shows how the combined workforce organisation has focused on digital skills development with the aim of creating a digitally inclusive culture

  • Is AI a big opportunity or merely Big Brother?

    21 November 2018

    Artificial intelligence could streamline the delivery of council services but are local authorities or indeed their residents ready for such change? A recent round table debate hosted by The MJ and Zurich Municipal examined these key questions as Michael Burton reports

  • Social care projects to explore biometrics and exoskeletons

    15 November 2018

    Projects exploring how exoskeletons and biometrics could be used in social care have been announced.

  • See the world through the public’s eyes

    13 November 2018

    How can councils embrace emerging technologies to foster a new relationship with the people and communities they serve? Paul Deegan, local public services lead partner at PwC, explores the issue.

  • Local government outsourcing figures slump

    12 November 2018

    Council spending on outsourcing has dwindled over the summer, according to the latest figures.

  • Tomorrow’s technology today

    31 October 2018

    If you were to design your local authority from scratch, where would you start? Paul Deegan, local public services lead partner at PwC, explores the potential of ‘expansive intelligence’.

  • Cutting out the guesswork

    30 October 2018

    Barking & Dagenham LBC’s Borough Data Explorer is helping the council visualise the health, wellbeing and happiness of residents on a street-by-street, house-by-house basis, says Chris Naylor.

  • Turbo-charging London’s digital future

    30 October 2018

    The business rates retention scheme pilot has delivered a £47m funding boost to London’s digital infrastructure. This ‘targeted and strategic investment’ means local leaders can deliver increased growth and transformation, writes Phillip Glanville

  • pluggedin

    17 October 2018

    To minimise reductions to frontline services, Hampshire CC is constantly exploiting the latest technology to find better, more cost-effective ways of meeting residents’ needs, says Roy Perry.

  • Not getting the message

    10 October 2018

    Diary had such high hopes for GDPR.

  • Future shocks

    10 October 2018

    It is our job as public service leaders to be ambitious for our places and optimistic about their future, even though local government is going through very tough times, writes Gavin Jones

  • Hopes rise for Belfast 'City Deal'

    02 October 2018

    Belfast has submitted its proposals for a ‘City Deal’ worth more than £1bn to Chancellor Philip Hammond ahead of the Budget.

  • It’s free speech, not a free-for-all for abuse

    19 September 2018

    How would you feel about walking up to someone in the street and screaming abuse at them?

  • Councils facing Microsoft price hike

    17 September 2018

    Some councils are facing Microsoft price increases of up to 100%, The MJ understands.