Why the Local Land Charges Register is a crucial step forward
The Local Land Charges Register is creating the conditions for data to become a valuable standardised and accessible asset rather than a burden on councils, says Scott Goodwin.
The value of licensing tools for councils
Nicola Ray offers advice to councils on the best way of collaborating with an external tech supplier to improve digital systems’ standards and safety as they move from legacy to cloud.
Council cyber-attacks rocket
Cyber-attacks on UK council remote workers increased by 213% during the pandemic, Freedom of Information Act requests have found.
How digital disruption can deliver better futures
Disrupting youth crime and exploitation through technology provides a chance to find and support the vulnerable and achieve radical change, say Dr Carol Homden, Amanda Kelly and Tim Aldridge.
There's never been a better time to consider the future role of councils
We now have a golden opportunity to build on the lessons learned during the pandemic and elevate our organisations so they are 'even more interventionalist, proactive and relevant come 2030', says Nicola Beach.
Future Forum North: How do we put the heart back into local communities through place-shaping?
In a session organised by Capita, leading experts on regeneration discussed the future of town and city centres after the pandemic.
‘You’re going to get hit sometime’
A candid case study reveals that Redcar & Cleveland BC is still recovering from the impact of last year’s costly ransomware cyber attack. What are the lessons learned? Dan Peters reports.
Northgate Public Services undergoes name change
The company provides technology for health, housing, police and local government internationally and was acquired by the NEC group in 2018.
Effective digital services need the right blend
Dave Mann says the best way to hold and retain institutional memory and build good services is through blended digital teams, ‘not short-term thinking and temporary projects’.
Supporting the next generation of public services: partnerships and a digital fabric
How can local authorities build a digital fabric that supports the future of their communities? BT outline five fundamental steps to achieving this.
ICS: Listen to local government if we are to succeed in joining up health and care
David McKinney argues that Integrated Care Systems (ICS) will fall at the first hurdle if local authorities aren’t viewed and treated as equal partners.
Squeezing the balloon
Resources for social care are down and demand is pent up and rising says Iain MacBeath, but now must be the time to realise people’s ambitions for more flexible personalised support.
Bringing data and teams together to help make reorganisation a success
Steve White looks at the challenges and opportunities emerging from local government reorganisation, and says system rationalisation can be a major benefit.
Six steps to smarter surplus resale
Finlo Corrin of Liquidity Services outlines some steps on how to maximise your recovery returns.
On the right track in West Northants
Had the enormity of the task facing the new West Northamptonshire Council been set out as a business continuity exercise it would have seemed a bit far-fetched, says Rebecca Peck – but a bright future lies ahead.
Making a secure connection
Councils should focus on four key actions in order to take on board the new set of National Cyber Security Centre principles for local authorities and connected places, says Dan Mosca.
How technology can help transform person-centred care
The MJ Advertorial: Mark Kennion, Head of Public Sector at HAS Technology looks at how to put technology at the heart of service delivery for social care
Smart cities could be targeted by hackers, experts warn
Local authorities have been given expert guidance to help protect their smart cities from cyber attacks.
Welcome to ‘the Age of Intermediate Care’
An additional £1.3bn in COVID emergency funding last March ‘jump-started’ Intermediate Care, say Iain MacBeath and Ralph Cook. If this focus continues the results would be game-changing, they add.
Owning the local message
It’s time to get back to the basics of good communication and make these skills more accessible to local communities, says Cormac Smith. He outlines the core communication disciplines every organisation needs to master.