Making profound cultural change in social care
Sue Grace explains how a new case management IT system for staff supporting vulnerable adults and adults with learning disabilities has contributed to cultural change and transformed the working practices of Cambridgeshire's social care staff.
Access all areas: the digital inclusion challenge
How can broadband access be spread to cover all areas, especially deprived sectors for whom access may be too expensive? This was one of the key questions posed to a round table hosted recently by The MJ and 6G Internet at The MJ Future Forum North.
Falkirk to develop pioneering poverty project
A tool to help tackle poverty is being developed by Falkirk Council and IT firm thinkWhere.
How two councils are facing the cultural challenge of cybersecurity together
Budget challenges as a consequence of austerity led Bolton and Wigan Council Partnership to take a fresh look at its cyber security response to the changing threat landscape. This has led to deeper innovation, says Dave Pearce
Breaking down the barriers to action
Offices of Data Analytics are changing the way public sector organisations, including councils, work by creating multi-organisational actionable insight from information that would otherwise be in a silo. Michelle Eaton of Nesta explains
Work to begin on new planning register
Work is being started on a new project to bring together data on planning applications from all councils across England.
For UK cities cryptocurrency is the post-Brexit remedy
CEO of technology company Colu Amos Meiri argues that a blockchain-based cryptocurrency can be the basis for encouraging socially-minded behaviour across cities, 'the very kind of actions required to heal a post-Brexit UK'.
Fast forward to the future
As 2018 concludes, the Government has revealed funding for 16 digital projects. Local government minister Rishi Sunak looks at how we can shape technology to streamline services and save money
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’.