• Shaping the digital leaders of tomorrow

    13 February 2018

    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

    06 February 2018

    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

    31 January 2018

    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

    29 January 2018

    John McMahon offers six recommendations to ensure self-service best practice in local government.

  • Data changes pose imminent challenge to every council

    24 January 2018

    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

    10 January 2018

    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

    04 January 2018

    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

    02 January 2018

    ‘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

    13 December 2017

    South Somerset DC has awarded an £800,000, five-year contract to outsourcing service Civica to extend its existing contract.

  • Southwark appoints new strategic director of housing

    05 December 2017

    Southwark LBC’s new strategic director of housing and modernisation has worked in the public sector for more than two decades.

  • The council of 2025: how emerging tech will transform local government

    04 December 2017

    John Wybrant examines how emerging technology will advance over the next seven years and argues local authorities must start to prepare now if they’re going to deliver exceptional services to citizens in the future.

  • Sector figures call for rates review

    29 November 2017

    Key sector figures have urged the Government to look again at the impact of the growing digital economy on business rates.

  • Future Forum North 2017

    29 November 2017

    All the news from our Future Forum North event, which looked at the impact of the Autumn Budget on local government, devolution, health and care integration and much more.

  • Doctor, doctor

    22 November 2017

    With claims of Russian Twitter accounts attempting to sow discord in Britain thick in the air, Diary is wary about any attempts at Soviet influence.

  • 70% drop in council outsourcing

    22 November 2017

    Outsourcing by local authorities fell by 70% over the last year, new figures have revealed.

  • Amey to go as Liverpool seeks to bring highways services back in-house

    22 November 2017

    Liverpool City Council is expected to terminate its contract with Amey four years early and bring back its highways maintenance service in-house.

  • Five ways London boroughs are embracing digital

    15 November 2017

    The London Ventures programme brings the private, public and third sector together to share fresh digital ideas and projects, as Cllr Fiona Colley explains

  • Theo Blackwell: We can make London the world's leading smart city

    15 November 2017

    London’s first chief digital officer, Theo Blackwell, sets out how he plans to work with the London boroughs to boost digital leadership, establish digital foundations and act as a digital ambassador.

  • Glasgow says goodbye to Serco IT partnership

    15 November 2017

    Glasgow City Council has selected software company CGI to deliver its IT services, as its £260m joint venture with public services provider Serco ends.

  • Councils cut contracts to take back control

    07 November 2017

    Southwark LBC has brought its IT service back in-house, cutting its contract with Capita to give it more ‘control’ over how the service is delivered.