Councils urged to take on data firms
Councils should acquire and make use of digital data for the benefit of communities and challenge the dominance of big tech companies, a new report has argued.
Councils get faster data insights to boost their COVID-19 recovery
Policy in Practice has secured new funding from Innovate UK, meaning councils will now have access to real-time monthly updates on living standards, says Deven Ghelani. This lays the foundation for a data-led response to COVID-19 challenges, he adds.
Two 'areas of intervention' named
The easing of the lockdown in two council areas has been paused after data showed COVID-19 was increasing faster than elsewhere in the country.
Wilkins to take over from Riordan
Chief executive of Oldham MBC, Carolyn Wilkins, will take over Tom Riordan’s test and trace role, it has been confirmed.
As councils prepare for a second wave, they are held back by the centre
The NLGN’s latest Leadership Index survey shows councils are not getting enough support from the centre in their battle to tackle COVID-19 locally as they plan for a potential upsurge, says Pawda Tjoa.
Call for clarity on social care testing and data
Systems for accessing COVID-19 testing data for care homes and the provision of tests in other settings have come under fire from providers and a council.
Tackling the barriers to information-sharing
Graham Bright looks at the perceived legal and ethical barriers to sharing information about children, and how they can be overcome.
Hancock announces plans to share more data
Health secretary Matt Hancock has announced plans to share more data with local government in a bid to help track and trace COVID-19 cases more effectively.
Government denies test and trace breaches data rules
The Government has been forced to deny its test and trace programme breaches data protection laws as health secretary was expected to start handing more data to local authorities.
District criticises lack of data flow from county
The leader of a district council neighbouring the Leicester lockdown has criticised the lack of coronavirus testing data flowing from County Hall.
A time for vigilance as ransomware threat still looms
Among the many recently identified threat vectors that should concern local government is a malware threat group known as APT12, which has been attributed to China, warns chief executive of the iESE Dr Andrew Larner.
Real imagination needed for a green reset
More ambitious progress on place-based approaches to reducing carbon emissions will need ‘a great deal of political will and resources’, according to a Penna/The MJ virtual seminar. Heather Jameson reports.
Riordan promises more testing data
The chief executive drafted in to sort out the Government’s test and trace programme has promised councils more data to help control coronavirus flare ups.
Future proofing the power of social care data
The London ADASS region has quickly evolved a social care quality standards platform into a vital COVID-19 data collection tool. Ben Chance explains.
Using collective intelligence to boost cycling and walking in cities
In the latest in an essay series on how the wisdom of citizens could help councils manage after COVID, Peter Baeck and Sophie Reynolds consider how to make cities better for cycling and walking.
Public health boss hits out at lack of workplace data on COVID-19
A director of public health has criticised the absence of place of work or school and college details of those who test positive for COVID-19 from the individual level data shared with councils.
Public health leads ‘playing “whack-a-mole” blindfolded’
Dr Lisa McNally says the absence of workplace information from data on COVID-19 testing leaves councils without the knowledge they need to break the chain of transmission early.
Councils in local virus data call
Councils have called for the Government to go further after it finally started to publish more coronavirus testing data.
Jenrick: We'll back local government
Robert Jenrick has promised that Whitehall will back local government in the same way councils ‘stepped up and supported people in their time of need’.
Opening up access to UPRNs and USRNs
Nick Chapallaz, Managing Director at GeoPlace, discusses how open access to UPRNs and USRNs is set to unlock the power of place