Technology

  • Video conferencing first at council meeting

    02 April 2020

    A council used software to help decide key planning applications in what is believed to be the first meeting of its kind in the country.


  • Transparency tools made available to pension schemes

    01 April 2020

    The first standalone system to provide information on costs from different investment managers to every local government pension scheme (LGPS) and pool has been made available.


  • Reset for the UK’s high streets

    01 April 2020

    The future is upon us and unless we understand the rapidly changing needs, our high streets will lose their purpose, says John Quinton-Barber - and the pandemic will accelerate much of the digital disruption we’ve seen over the last decade.


  • Learning from Redcar and Cleveland

    25 March 2020

    There is now a unique 'zero-day, zero-trust' technology capable of cyber-defence on day zero when the virus is first released - and iESE is inviting councils to get in touch if they want to become a trial site, says Dr Andrew Larner.


  • Technology should be used as part of a wider response to COVID-19

    23 March 2020

    David Rees says that although technology is in no way a complete solution in social care in response to COVID-19, it can be used in a number of areas to free up scarce human resource.


  • Care technology is improving the lives of people in supported living

    18 March 2020

    Harminder Sangha and Sean Hunt of PA Consulting say society is already taking great strides to use personalised digital technologies – and people in supported living deserve to have the same level of access, and the opportunities it provides.


  • All change

    11 March 2020

    Stockport is transforming itself into a world class town to complement its world famous neighbour – led by a council that’s at the cutting edge of local government.


  • AI could save councils £500,000

    09 March 2020

    Artificial intelligence (AI) technology could save local authorities £500,000 in the next 12 months, a survey of UK councils has found.


  • Overcoming obstacles to digital change

    05 February 2020

    The MJ and Fujitsu hosted a round table debate looking at managing the obstacles to digital change - to explore the issues councils currently face and some of the solutions discovered. Martin Ford reports.


  • A plan for social care is finally coming. What should be in it?

    27 January 2020

    Having a clear view about the outcomes sought is key to drawing up a new plan for social care - and it should be developed with the sector and with people with lived experience, say Paul Burstow and Ewan King.


  • Future Forum North: 'Robots will not replace humans'

    05 December 2019

    Robots will not replace humans in the workplace and offices will continue to exist, The MJ’s Future Forum North event has heard.


  • The MJ Data and Digital: Getting digital right

    20 September 2019

    Working on digital partnerships is fraught with pitfalls. Kirsty Cole and Melvyn Ingleson offer top tips for making sure you get the best out of your digital transformation deals.


  • Ready for the revolution?

    18 September 2019

    With the rise of technology in the workplace, Nesta and The MJ asked local government frontline workers and staff about their councils’ approach to innovation. Heather Jameson reports on the results.


  • Provider chosen for transparency code

    02 September 2019

    Technology provider Byhiras has been selected to develop a platform that will ensure asset managers comply with the local government pension scheme’s (LGPS) code of transparency.


  • Transforming public services

    20 August 2019

    The decision five years ago to wind up Whitehall’s Transformation Unit resulted in a loss of capacity and expertise, according to Pat Ritchie. Now, the new Prime Minister must embrace post-austerity place-based deals, she believes.


  • Navigating Digital Transformation

    19 August 2019

    Lucy Woods at legal firm Ashfords shares her top tips for getting the best outcome from digital procurement.


  • Mid-sized cities should be Government’s automatic choice for tech impact pilots

    03 July 2019

    Chair of the Key Cities Group Cllr Peter Box says mid-sized cities are ideally positioned to be the UK's automation pilot areas (AutoPilots)


  • Bring on the robots

    18 June 2019

    AI could be a great time-saver in workplaces dealing with complex processes, writes Claire Fox, but making work robotic should not be confused with technology’s exciting potential.


  • How AI is already transforming the workplace

    07 June 2019

    Andrew Grant explains how AI is only a part of Aylesbury Vale DC's 'aggressive digital transformation approach', and he says it needs to be embraced by 'any organisation calling itself modern or relevant.


  • Accessing key drivers for partnership working

    05 June 2019

    Access to skills, technology and investment were among the key reasons for local authorities to work with the private sector says a recent survey jointly commissioned by The MJ and Serco. Michael Burton reports