• 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.

  • Further errors create louder call for electronic prescribing

    13 September 2018

    The topic of NHS patient safety has again hit the headlines – and this time not regarding A&E waiting times or lack of beds – but errors in drug handling and prescriptions.  

  • Understand your data to help tackle the Universal Credit challenge

    13 September 2018

    Universal Credit, the flagship reform of the benefits system, was introduced to make welfare payments easier for local authorities and social housing providers.

  • Reach out and Tweet

    11 September 2018

    Social media has become pervasive in our daily lives, but for the most part council chief executives and senior managers have remained relatively shy. Sam Clayden speaks to some of local government’s biggest Twitter users to see how they are using the platform to their advantage.

  • Data – the one prescription we all need

    11 September 2018

    Over the summer I have been visiting councils involved in transformations across the UK, and it is clear to see that a common aspiration is arising amongst us; a need to understand what drives demand for public services. We want to give the best to our local residents by not only creating the ingredients for thriving communities, but also reducing demand and costs for public services.

  • Rise of the robots

    04 September 2018

    Recent years have seen an increase in the use of robotics in public services. David Rees outlines some of the latest developments and discusses how they can be deployed ethically and effectively.

  • A billion ways to help

    04 September 2018

    Shropshire Council is leading the way in the West Midlands in helping solve the health and social care crisis with technology. Andy Begley looks at how ‘the Broseley project’ has helped older residents in particular to improve their lives.

  • Watford’s appetite for innovation and technology

    04 September 2018

    Andrew Cox explains the way Watford BC invested in an innovative way of finding commercial partners to develop new digital technologies for the council.

  • A new vision of social care’s future

    01 August 2018

    The upcoming social care Green Paper needs to encourage innovative thinking and the idea that embracing technology can have a dramatic impact on delivery of social care. David Rees explains why, and how a partnership with Hampshire CC is already reaping dividends in these areas

  • Assistance you can count on

    01 August 2018

    Shropshire has been taking advantage of assisted technology to help deliver services across the county. Andy Begley looks at the benefits of tapping into the digital era.

  • Don’t leave cyber security to chance

    01 August 2018

    When it comes to cyber security, it is time we prepared for the worst before it’s too late, writes William Benson.

  • Embracing the digital age

    01 August 2018

    Martin Reeves explains how Coventry’s fibre infrastructure investment strategy is beginning to pay back ‘digital-age’ dividends.

  • Progress is being made

    18 July 2018

    Andy Burns looks back on his year as president of CIPFA

  • Local Land Charges centralisation gets underway

    12 July 2018

    The digitisation of the Local Land Charges (LLC) register has begun, with Warwick DC the first council to pass its data onto HM Land Registry.

  • Sunak unveils digital declaration

    04 July 2018

    The Government has announced a new digital declaration, backed up by £7.5m funding, to help councils transform their online services.

  • How developing technology could be the home care sector’s remedy

    24 June 2018

    The community and residential care sector is at a tipping point, with the challenges it faces thrown into sharp focus via recent cases of providers seeking financial rescue plans as the climate gets tougher.