EXCLUSIVE: ‘Silly’ orders hindering key information sharing
Councils are struggling to share key information with NHS trusts and Whitehall because guidance on secure email is being interpreted in a ‘silly’ fashion, The MJ has learned.
We’re getting with the programme
The national approach to safeguarding must be broadened if children’s services departments are to take into account risks from outside the family home, writes Sarah Wright.
Time to diversify digital leadership
It is well established that technology enables people to thrive. But Socitm president Geoff Connell believes diversity throughout an organisation is vital to successful digital leadership.
Advanced deal to kick-start digital overhaul
East Hertfordshire DC has signed a five-year contract with IT firm Advanced to kick-start the digital transformation of its finance operations.
Working out what really drives our communities
Councils must develop richer insight that gets under the skin of their communities, argues Simon Jones.
Making cities fit for the future
As residents prepare to elect mayors across the country, Amanda Clack urges cities to embrace smart infrastructure.
Is social care making progress?
Dr Jonathan Carr-West looks at the major questions the Government’s upcoming green paper on social care funding will have to address.
To be smart, councils must first be open
Emerging technologies will allow councils to go beyond the usual glamour associated with them. Abigail Gilbert explains.
Braveheart’s icon blast
They used to make ’em tough and stern in the Scottish Highlands.
Councils join forces to sell ICT services to private partners
Liverpool and Salford City Councils have teamed up to sell ICT services commercially.
Capita chief quits as pre-tax profits plunge 33%
The chief executive of outsourcing giant Capita, Andy Parker, has stepped down following a 33% drop in pre-tax profits, which the firm blamed on Brexit.
53% of London’s 30 boroughs plan to replace IT systems
More than half of local authorities in London are planning to replace their IT systems, according to new research.
Preparing for next year’s data regulation overhaul
Jos Creese explains why councils should get ready for the game-changing General Data Protection Regulation that comes into effect in 2018.
Finding solutions from within
Embedding data analysts in local authorities is increasingly becoming the norm. Dr Anuschka Muller encourages directors and chief executives to use internal analytical teams as a key consultancy partner
Digital transformation is helping to revolutionise the way many older people live, but Nigel Lynn warns those offline are at serious risk of being left behind
Authorities’ spending on outsourced IT is up 75%
Local authority spending on outsourced IT services soared by 75% last year, new figures have suggested.
Voice telephony – a path to savings and improved services
Many council telephony systems are costly on-premise systems maintained by external partners, but Freddy Kanter explains how Boston BC has revolutionised its system, improved outcomes and made savings.
Making the web work for us
By transforming its website procurement, Tewkesbury BC managed to save thousands of pounds and improve customer services. Graeme Simpson explains how
Capita’s out as authorities join forces on IT
Southwark LBC has announced plans to wind down its current IT contract with Capita and instead join forces with two other local authorities.
Legal action delay for Glasgow IT contract
Work on Glasgow City Council’s potential new IT contract with CGI has been put on hold following threats of legal action from the current provider, Serco.