• 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.

  • Named person scheme dropped

    20 September 2019

    A mandatory named person scheme for every child in Scotland – underpinned by law – will not now happen, deputy first minister John Swinney has announced.

  • Beware the ‘pandemonium’ of UC

    18 September 2019

    It’s all change – again – at the top of the Department for Work and Pensions. But where does the departure of Amber Rudd leave the beleaguered Universal Credit policy? Ann McGauran reports

  • 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.

  • Data the key to supporting through UC

    18 September 2019

    As Universal Credit replaces Housing Benefit, local authorities will lose access to the rich data that allows them to target support, warns Deven Ghelani.

  • Be clear on the service benefits of digitisation

    18 September 2019

    Tracie Langley says digitisation is 'worth every single penny' - but it is the service redesign that gives the benefit, not just a shiny new system.

  • The MJ Data and Digital: Digitising democracy

    18 September 2019

    Digital minister for Taiwan, Audrey Tang has brought the openness and transparency she found on the internet to the government and created a system to crowdsource answers to policy problems. Heather Jameson reports

  • If you're going to engage you've got to mean it

    18 September 2019

    In Taiwan, revolutionary Government minister Audrey Tang is pioneering online public consultation. Heather Jameson asks if crowdsourcing public policy is the future of engagement - but that if you do it you have to be serious about it.

  • Putting young people at the centre of today’s and tomorrow’s care

    10 September 2019

    Richard Betts discusses how local authorities are transforming data and information flow through interoperability to deliver more joined-up care for children and families

  • Ticket to independence in Lancashire

    04 September 2019

    Helping adults with physical disabilities and those over 65 stay healthy and independent for longer is a key challenge. But there are ways services can change to ensure people’s lives are transformed for the better. Louise Taylor explains

  • Councils owe it to citizens to investigate the possibilities of public cloud

    29 August 2019

    Public cloud can help councils provide better, smarter and more efficient public services and is critical in helping managing costs, says Ian Sherring.

  • 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.

  • Harnessing the best of the West

    17 July 2019

    Ann McGauran reports on the launch of Metro Dynamics’ report making the case for the creation of the UK’s next wealth generator – the Great Western Powerhouse

  • ADCS conference: Whitehall officials concede new model's limitations

    06 July 2019

    A new model that will assess the distribution of funding for children’s services will have its limitations, Whitehall officials have admitted.

  • Data quality concerns to come under spotlight

    24 June 2019

    Finance directors are to look closely at the information the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government collects from local authorities amid data quality concerns.

  • Time to get the house in order

    24 June 2019

    Trevor Hampton outlines why data needs to be part of your organisational DNA if you want to be ready for Artificial Intelligence (AI).

  • Enabling a single version of the truth

    18 June 2019

    Samantha Fitzgerald describes how Northamptonshire’s real time health and social care capacity tool is integrating system data to reduce pressure on accident and emergency departments and help manage capacity within adult social care.

  • Big data, big opportunity

    05 June 2019

    Dr Andrew Larner says it would be impossible for councils to ignore the increasing wave of big data - and embracing the change seems to be at the forefront of local authority evolution.

  • Call for 'long overdue' data collection review

    03 June 2019

    A ‘root and branch review of Government data collection’ has been called for by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

  • How to bring location to life

    28 May 2019

    GeoPlace is a a partnership between the Local Government Association and Ordnance Survey to produce a comprehensive database of address and street data. The organisation's recent conference heard that better connected more accurate location data can deliver a much brighter future.