Digital fund winners announced
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'
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
Projects exploring how exoskeletons and biometrics could be used in social care have been announced.
See the world through the public’s eyes
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
Council spending on outsourcing has dwindled over the summer, according to the latest figures.
Tomorrow’s technology today
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’.
Cutting out the guesswork
Barking & Dagenham LBC’s Borough Data Explorer is helping the council visualise the health, wellbeing and happiness of residents on a street-by-street, house-by-house basis, says Chris Naylor.
Turbo-charging London’s digital future
The business rates retention scheme pilot has delivered a £47m funding boost to London’s digital infrastructure. This ‘targeted and strategic investment’ means local leaders can deliver increased growth and transformation, writes Phillip Glanville
To minimise reductions to frontline services, Hampshire CC is constantly exploiting the latest technology to find better, more cost-effective ways of meeting residents’ needs, says Roy Perry.
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.