Digital

  • Why are councils lagging behind the public sector in cloud adoption?

    16 April 2019

    Andy Powell considers why only 44% of councils have a cloud infrastructure in place six years after the introduction of the Government's 'Cloud First' policy.


  • How chiefs can lead digital change

    09 April 2019

    At a round table debate in Manchester, The MJ and BT discussed the implications of digital transformation for senior management of local authorities. Heather Jameson reports.


  • How tech could help fight social care fraud

    09 April 2019

    Councils need to administer a huge number of care contracts with a multiplicity of providers. Julian Pilling says using the right data and technology could help tackle fraud.


  • Building residents’ resilience

    27 March 2019

    Mark Fowler of Barking & Dagenham LBC and Sue Nelson of Luton BC outline how they are using insights from household data to build residents’ resilience.


  • We continue harnessing new possibilities for local places

    21 March 2019

    London Councils are helping to drive forward the agenda for a smart, 21st century city, says John O'Brien. The role that councils have historically played in the context of place is an enduring one.


  • Resolving digital dilemmas together

    20 March 2019

    Penna hosted its first digital round table earlier this year. Penna’s digital recruitment specialist Jo Cumper describes how leaders from technology joined forces to examine how the digital economy can be driven forward.


  • Four paths to our future workforce

    13 March 2019

    Max Wide looks ahead and asks how local government can avoid ending up as a set of ageing organisations, unable to appeal to and serve a new generation


  • AI is all very well but we still have a digital divide

    06 March 2019

    Ambitious talk of using AI to keep the elderly safe in their own homes is all very well, says Michael Burton. But a new report from the Office for National Statistics shows a sizable proportion of the public are still digitally excluded.


  • Using technology to make a real difference in social care

    19 February 2019

    Mathew Kendall and David Rees outline how Barnet LBC is increasingly adopting technology-enabled care, integrated into a ‘strength-based’ approach. The early results have been positive.


  • Making profound cultural change in social care

    15 February 2019

    Sue Grace explains how a new case management IT system for staff supporting vulnerable adults and adults with learning disabilities has contributed to cultural change and transformed the working practices of Cambridgeshire's social care staff.


  • Access all areas: the digital inclusion challenge

    13 February 2019

    How can broadband access be spread to cover all areas, especially deprived sectors for whom access may be too expensive? This was one of the key questions posed to a round table hosted recently by The MJ and 6G Internet at The MJ Future Forum North.


  • Falkirk to develop pioneering poverty project

    01 February 2019

    A tool to help tackle poverty is being developed by Falkirk Council and IT firm thinkWhere.


  • How two councils are facing the cultural challenge of cybersecurity together

    17 January 2019

    Budget challenges as a consequence of austerity led Bolton and Wigan Council Partnership to take a fresh look at its cyber security response to the changing threat landscape. This has led to deeper innovation, says Dave Pearce


  • 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.


  • For UK cities cryptocurrency is the post-Brexit remedy

    09 January 2019

    CEO of technology company Colu Amos Meiri argues that a blockchain-based cryptocurrency can be the basis for encouraging socially-minded behaviour across cities, 'the very kind of actions required to heal a post-Brexit UK'.


  • Fast forward to the future

    12 December 2018

    As 2018 concludes, the Government has revealed funding for 16 digital projects. Local government minister Rishi Sunak looks at how we can shape technology to streamline services and save money


  • 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