Working together to protect care homes in Leicester
Leicester’s success in stopping COVID-related deaths in care homes is due to data, system working and trust , says the city council's strategic director for social care and education Martin Samuels.
Fears over growing data regulation
Finance chiefs warn public sector will suffer due to misuse of data by private firms.
Data to face the dangers ahead
To avoid making the same mistakes in adult social care, we need to use data intelligently to plan for further waves of COVID-19, say Naheed Chaudhry and Ewan King.
EXCLUSIVE: Data protection blamed for refusal to share shielded list
Frustrated council officers have blamed data protection for thwarting efforts to help vulnerable people.
Two challenges for councils
Professor Mark Thompson believes that while a focus on reducing duplication and waste in the current system of local government has much to recommend it, data should become the lifeblood of any new model.
EXCLUSIVE: Whitehall draws up early warning system
The Government is plotting to create an early warning system alerting Whitehall to councils that may be in trouble, The MJ can reveal.
Planning Reforms: Data can shine a light on the true social value of development
Liam Ronan-Chlond says the challenges for both public and private sectors is how to properly measure the impact development has in the community – and technology can play a pivotal role.
How linking energy with data can unlock community benefits
Moving to a low carbon world, the required level of data granularity and quality will be critical. But with that will come considerable benefits for councils and the communities they serve, says Stephen Stead.
Councils v Coronavirus: plan beats no plan
Coronavirus scenario planning exercises with councils have revealed insights into the types of decisions local leaders will need to take to support their communities, says Robert Pollock.
In defence of algorithms and their value to public services
Rather than turning our back on algorithms, the task is to make them better and the data they use more balanced and properly representative, argues Andrew Laird.
Learning from cancelled systems
Research examining the use of predictive data in public services in countries across the world has identified more than 50 systems that have been paused or cancelled. Dr Joanna Redden and Anna Grant look at the emerging findings.
Data drives aid for vulnerable communities
Liz Harrison looks at the evolving data model being used by Hackney LBC to help direct its efforts to support the most vulnerable through the pandemic.
The problem with averages
In the aftermath of the exams disaster it should sound obvious that the individual matters, says Dan Corry – but it is a point missed out far too often in policy analysis.
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.