• Updated software remains critical to protecting data

    22 January 2020

    This month Microsoft withdrew support from Windows 7. Chris Mountford looks at how local government can balance the books while keeping data secure.

  • Defending our communities in the digital age

    21 January 2020

    It is now possible to put cyber defence on the front foot; you don’t need to have seen the type of attack before to trap it and kill it, says Dr Andrew Larner.

  • Lessons for digital change from the new unitaries

    21 January 2020

    Nine months after the creation of two new unitary councils in Dorset, what have been the lessons from implementing change programmes, especially digital change? Chief executives discussed the issue at a round table debate hosted by The MJ and BT.

  • A strong future for SEND services

    15 January 2020

    The Bi-Borough  - Westminster City Council and Kensington & Chelsea RLBC  - is  breaking new ground with next generation SEND case management, according to Vik Verma and Julie Ely.

  • 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.

  • Future Forum North: Workplace cultures fail to keep pace with technology

    05 December 2019

    The digital revolution in the modern workplace must now be matched by a culture shift, it has been argued.

  • Retro-fitting councils around the 21st century

    04 December 2019

    The MJ and BT recently conducted a survey of local authority directors to find out how they believe 5G will affect their organisations. The conclusions formed part of the discussion at a roundtable debate. Martin Ford reports.

  • Lessons learned from two years of the State of Transformation

    13 November 2019

    Benjamin Taylor reviews the landscape of local government transformation over two years of case studies, conferences and academies. The picture that emerges is both a depressing and inspiring one.

  • Learning to lead is essential to the future

    13 November 2019

    Nadira Hussain asks how the sector can future-proof continuous improvement when technology and ‘need’ evolve all the time.

  • Sharing is caring

    06 November 2019

    Kate Kennally argues that, for Cornwall to catch up with the rest of the UK, the Shared Prosperity Fund must do exactly that: share prosperity. But she says real devolution of decision making to a local level is equally important.

  • Welsh Government announces £500,000 a year for digital officer

    01 November 2019

    Local authority leaders in Wales have welcomed an announcement that the Welsh Government will pay £500,000 per year towards the cost of a local government digital officer.

  • Shaping a 21st century Jersey

    29 October 2019

    Charlie Parker arrived in the top job at the States of Jersey determined to bring in a programme of change. Heather Jameson talks to him about the scale of the task he faced and what he’s achieving.

  • Why telling a straight story matters

    29 October 2019

    How do you create the compelling narrative that in the first case secures funding, but also engages people who need to change how they think and what they do, asks Tracie Langley. Sometimes reality is just too complex - 'so simple narratives work'.

  • Nine myths about your council’s digital transformation

    23 October 2019

    Michael Taylor drives customer expansion in the UK for novoville, the citizen engagement and digital transformation expert with over 50 clients in 3 European countries. Here he analyses some of the common digital fears that councils harbour.

  • North Tyneside told to 'focus on strategy' to sustain services

    21 October 2019

    A council has been warned that it must invest in digital technology to ease pressure on staff.

  • Government to intervene over 5G concerns

    14 October 2019

    Ministers are reportedly set to write to planning authorities urging them not to block the introduction of 5G technology.

  • Prepare for the 5G revolution

    09 October 2019

    Local authorities are aware 5G is imminent and could have a dramatic effect on their frontline services according to a survey by The MJ and BT, as Michael Burton reports.

  • Changing Tynes

    01 October 2019

    Heather Jameson talks to Jamie Driscoll, North of Tyne Mayor, about the main challenges facing the combined authority, the region’s devolution deal, and putting party politics to one side to work with the Northern Powerhouse minister.

  • Five steps to digital transformation for UK libraries

    01 October 2019

    Public libraries in the UK face a range of challenges. Douglas White reviews potential models for their digital future, building on the Carnegie legacy.

  • 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.