Not getting the message
Diary had such high hopes for GDPR.
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'
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
How would you feel about walking up to someone in the street and screaming abuse at them?
Councils facing Microsoft price hike
Some councils are facing Microsoft price increases of up to 100%, The MJ understands.
Further errors create louder call for electronic prescribing
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Martin Reeves explains how Coventry’s fibre infrastructure investment strategy is beginning to pay back ‘digital-age’ dividends.
Progress is being made
Andy Burns looks back on his year as president of CIPFA
Local Land Charges centralisation gets underway
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
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
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.