• Navigating Digital Transformation

    19 August 2019

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

  • A robot takeover? Why the future of government is about innovation not machines

    19 August 2019

    Vicki Sellick explains why Nesta is launching a survey ahead of its Government Innovation Summit next month on how skilled public servants feel about making change in their role.

  • How 5G Will Make Cities Smarter

    25 July 2019

    Local authority funding has dropped by 21% in the last decade. Head of BT surveillance argues Brian Jackson argues that rescue could come in part from the arrival of 5G

  • Worcestershire calls early end to Civica contract

    12 July 2019

    Worcestershire CC is to pull out of a customer service contract with Civica halfway through its term.

  • Emergency planning has suffered under budget cuts - mandarin

    10 July 2019

    ‘Drastic cuts’ to council budgets have contributed to a lack of resources for emergency planning, a civil servant has warned.

  • Non-metropolitan councils need the power to tackle barriers to growth

    04 July 2019

    The Post-Brexit England Commission’s final report has set out a prospectus to Government of ‘tangible, practical proposals’ with the potential to ‘make a difference to local communities quickly’.

  • Shared ambitions

    26 June 2019

    Colleagues shared their ‘passion, energy and commitment’ at the Association of County Chief Executives spring seminar despite uncertainty in virtually every local government agenda, says Anthony May

  • Digital transformation must be based on a clear strategy for change

    17 June 2019

    David Newell says if the UK, and health and care services across the world, fail to adopt new technology-enabled models of care provision, current services will become even more unaffordable and unsustainable

  • Wakefield orders new IT following 'serious problems'

    12 June 2019

    Wakefield Council has ordered the immediate procurement of a new IT system following criticism from a watchdog.

  • Transformation ‘largely left to smoulder on the back burner’

    12 June 2019

    Five years ago the Service Transformation Challenge Panel was launched with the aim of delivering better outcomes in local public services. But a new report notes little progress since the UK EU membership referendum.

  • Giving the sector a voice on AI

    12 June 2019

    Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life Lord Jonathan Evans says Artificial Intelligence can revolutionise local government – but it must do so in line with standards that the public expect.

  • Driving ahead with digitisation

    12 June 2019

    A digital transformation programme has led to identified savings of more than £580,000 over 10 years at Craven DC, says Paul Shevlin.

  • 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.

  • Improvement and innovation at your fingertips

    05 June 2019

    Dr Andrew Larner says iESE has developed an improvement and innovation model to support exchange of the latest local government practice that is inclusive and easy to use.

  • 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.

  • Making digital partnerships work

    04 June 2019

    Melvyn Ingleson says that while the expertise of technology companies is genuine, there is an opportunity for councils to re-balance relationships, drive a harder bargain and ensure robust engagement from those you hold accountable for outcomes.

  • 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.

  • 5G rollout held up due to legal wrangles over lamppost control

    21 May 2019

    A new electronics communications code designed to make the rollout of 5G easier has backfired, leading to a two-year hold-up due to legal wrangling.

  • Experts call for revenue-boosting internet tax

    21 May 2019

    Green credits and an internet transaction tax could provide valuable new revenue streams for local government, MPs have been told.

  • From jurassic to digital – the evolution of services

    15 May 2019

    As the new Dorset unitaries get underway, the sea-change in structure is matched by the new wave of digital technology. Against this backdrop, a group of top council chiefs met at a BT/The MJ round table to look to the future.