• 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

  • 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’.