Chief sought answers from building society over fraud
Dundee City Council’s chief executive sought assurances over anti-money laundering practices from a major building society following a £1.1m fraud by a former staff member, it has emerged.
No-one left behind: driving digital inclusion in Scotland
While basic digital skills are high, Scotland’s beautiful but equally dispersed landscape has helped make it the most digitally excluded region in the UK.
Big data for health and social care planning?
In this, the first article in a series for The MJ, Andy Begley looks at how data might be used in future to better serve the health and care needs of communities.
Cloud-busting for better IT budgeting
The cloud is now taken for granted as an essential part of everyday communication, so why are councils taking so long to adopt cloud-based IT systems, and how might they benefit by doing so, asks Jos Creese.
Korea to Kingston: creating smarter cities
Youngji Yang, currently on secondment from Seoul, looks back at her time at Kingston upon Thames RLBC and shares the knowledge the two regions have been able to share.
Councils told to be on guard post-Salisbury
Council bosses have been warned to weigh-up risks of fresh attacks from ‘hostile states’ following the Salisbury poisonings.
Call for new 'Lego' public sector model
A ‘Lego government’ model of an internet-based public sector based around standardised blocks of online services could release an extra £46bn for the frontline, claims a report launched at the Institute for Government.
Innovation: we’re just getting started
Local Government lost one of its true innovators recently – and one whose vision for digital innovation in local services will live on for decades to come.
It takes a village: the deal between councils and communities to drive change
It’s become all too familiar to state that resources and funding for local authorities are at a tipping point. And with continued new legislation, the need to improve cyber security, rising demand on services and a stretched public workforce, the road ahead is increasingly complex.
If only adult social care was as easy as plug and play
Andy Begley asks why can’t there be a common way to connect systems to enable health and adult social care systems to work together in an integrated manner?
Meet Bradford’s high flyers
Bradford has been picked as one of only five cities in the UK to test and explore new applications using the latest drone technology. Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw explains how this will be used to meet local needs.
Shaping the digital leaders of tomorrow
Martin Ferguson reflects on the work the Society of Information Technology Management (Socitm) has been doing to prepare the leaders of today for the challenges of tomorrow, and how the rest of the sector is following suit
It's time to get serious about digital
Where can we find the right talent to lead ambitious digital transformation in local government? Matt Cockbill explains.
How digital innovation can aid new partnerships
With council merger, combined authority and joint management plans especially active in the South West The MJ and BT hosted a round table dinner with prominent chief executives from the region to discuss how digital innovation can help progress cross-boundary collaboration. Sam Clayden reports.
How to build a successful customer self-service strategy
John McMahon offers six recommendations to ensure self-service best practice in local government.
Data changes pose imminent challenge to every council
The new General Data Protection Regulation comes into force in May this year – presenting yet another challenge to the way authorities manage and share people’s information.
Choose your tech spec wisely
There are key areas to focus on when the question of technology choice arises – but how do you decide which technology is right for your organisation? Jos Creese has the answers.
Council staff to transfer back from BT
South Tyneside MBC staff are preparing to transfer back to the council later this year after BT decided to focus on its core technology business.
Peers call for ICT improvement at council
‘Rapid improvements’ need to be made to New Forest DC’s information and communications technology (ICT), a corporate peer challenge has stressed.
South Somerset and Civica extend contract
South Somerset DC has awarded an £800,000, five-year contract to outsourcing service Civica to extend its existing contract.