Whitehall launches £30m fund to fight online ‘predators’


The Government has announced a £30m fund to help tackle paedophiles operating online.

Full-fibre and 5G could boost council revenue by £10,000


Investing in full-fibre and 5G could increase a local authority’s revenue intake by £10,000, new research suggests.

Whitehall consults on plans to simplify planning rules for 5G roll-out


The Government has launched a consultation on proposals to simplify planning rules for mobile infrastructure to support the roll-out of 5G across the country.

Online tool to calculate health impact of trees published


A new online tool which can help councils calculate how much pollution would be removed by planting trees in local areas has been launched.

Five ways local government can reap the rewards of RPA


Councils should be sceptical about automation...and then get on and use it, says James Herbert, non-executive director at human+

Fixing the plumbing


With many councils often locked into large legacy IT systems, Dominic Baggott explains why the new local digital fund will help councils move in the right direction.

London Councils welcomes ‘new era of digital transformation’


The London Office of Technology and Innovation (LOTI) has officially launched today to help the digital transformation of public service.

Is the public sector network ready for the digital age?


BT SD-WAN Public Sector Webinar - Is the public sector network ready for the digital age?

Cloud migration: Key considerations for local authorities


Cloud migration is a key priority for many organisations. Paul Mercina outlines what councils have to think about when they make the move to the cloud.

Mission possible


Jonathan Sharp explores how digital transformation is changing the face of local government.

Councils ‘unprepared’ for 5G roll out


Mobile network operators have urged local authorities to do more to support the roll out of 5G as report finds fewer than a third of local plans make reference to mobile connectivity.

From jurassic to digital – the evolution of services


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.

Transforming to a digital network


CEOs are adopting a digital first approach to match customer needs, but how are they measuring success?

Survey reveals lack of confidence in council communication


Communications experts have called on local authorities to embrace the advantages of digital communications with residents.

Yorkshire council targeted by pro-Assange hackers


Barnsley Council’s website has been attacked as part of a campaign to free Julian Assange.

How digitalisation is transforming Belfast into a leading economy


Martin McFadyen explores how technical innovation and improved connectivity has helped Belfast and NI transform into a leading knowledge economy with global investment appeal.

Digital portal showing care home vacancies launched


Local authorities have partnered with the NHS to provide a new digital portal which shows how many vacancies there are in local care homes.

How chiefs can lead digital change


At a round table debate in Manchester, The MJ and BT discussed the implications of digital transformation for senior management. Heather Jameson reports

Virtual reality used to help people with learning disabilities vote


The Northern Ireland branch of Mencap is using virtual reality to support people with learning disabilities to vote in the upcoming local elections.

Over £1m awarded to ‘innovative data projects’


The winners of a competition designed to find the most innovative data projects out there will receive a share of a £1.5m fund, the Government has announced.

E-learning tools launched to ‘boost’ public health knowledge


The Government has launched a series of e-learning tools to help boost health and care professionals’ knowledge of the biggest issues in public health.

NHS commits nearly £5m to digital adult social care projects


Local government leaders have urged councils to bid for money to improve the use of technology for adult social care services.

London boroughs announce new joint digital strategy


Kingston and Sutton councils have announced a new joint digital strategy that will help the boroughs become ‘better connected through technology’.

Councils urged to bid for digital social care funding


Local authorities which are developing social care projects using digital technology are to be given a £1m boost.

Consumer watchdog reveals broadband ‘black spots’


Many local authority areas, including in London, still have broadband black spots, according to a consumer watchdog.

Poverty and the digital divide


Phil Walker explores how councils can help close the digital attainment gap for children living in poverty.

Councils slow to adopt cloud storage, research reveals


Only a fifth of councils are storing at least 10% of their data in the cloud, new research has revealed.

The true value of digital


Digital technology can make a huge impact in both reducing social care costs and improving the quality of care says Phil Brunkard, chief information officer, local government and health, BT.

Boost for use of digital technology in social care promises brighter future for users


Councils across the country are already using digital technology in a variety of ways to improve and support services for elderly and vulnerable groups, and the Government wants to see an even wider take-up of the range of technology available. Paul Dinsdale reports.

Councils and Digital 3.0


John McMahon explains how councils can use AI to provide predictive, proactive, and personalised information to the citizen.

Technology: a useful aid to improvement


A couple of recent stories paint different pictures of how councils are coping with the staggering pace of change in the internet age. Mark Whitehead reports.

Councils slow to deploy Robotic Process Automation


Just over one in ten councils have deployed Robotic Process Automation (RPA) compared to 30% of other public sector organisations, a new survey has revealed.

London’s councils awarded £47m funding boost for digital infrastructure


London’s growth in business rates will be used to fund eight projects to improve the capital’s digital infrastructure.

The VAR revolution


Toby Hayward-Butcher explains what VAR can teach us about technology-driven transformation in local government.

Intelligent Connectivity


Make more of your digital transformation with Intelligent Connectivity.

Achieving a smarter digital future - social care


Less than a quarter of local authority chief executives and social care directors regard their relationship with the NHS as good with data sharing being a particular problem, according to a survey by The MJ and BT.

New service to help councils manage roadworks


Local authorities will be able to accurately record and share data on roadworks, after the Government pledged to invest up to £10m in a new digital system.

Whitehall launches £1m skills fund to diversify tech workforce


The Government yesterday launched two new funds designed to boost diversity within digital and tech workforces.

Nearly half of English councils using unsupported server software


Nearly half of councils in England are still using unsupported server software, according to new research.

Exploiting digital opportunities


How can councils improve their online services and engage citizens in a better way? Swati Kungwani reports.

Full fibre broadband to be ‘mandatory’ for new builds, Gov says


Local authority leaders have welcomed the Government’s proposal to make full fibre broadband for all new build homes mandatory.

Minister launches fund to help drive digital transformation


A survey conducted by The MJ and BT has been referenced by local government minister, Rishi Sunak, when launching the new ‘digital innovation’ fund.

Digital transformation in health & social care: what progress?


Since the launch of the NHS seventy years ago, major changes have taken place that challenge the financial sustainability and quality of care the health service can deliver. Kieron Salt reports.

Digital debt recovery could save councils ‘thousands of pounds’, report says


Local authorities could save ‘thousands of pounds’ by using digital debt recovery, a new report argues.

Councils sign up to digital declaration


The Government has announced a new digital declaration, backed up by £7.5m funding, to help councils transform their online services.

Are councils embracing a 'Cloud First' approach?


Darren Fields explains why local authorities should embrace cloud migration to drive citizen services.

Intelligent Connectivity – not a public sector pipe dream


If local councils needs more resilient, agile capabilities to achieve their full digital potential, isn't managing connectivity intelligently the best way to achieve this? Phil Brunkard reports.

Three-quarters of councils facing financial crisis next year warn leaders


Three-quarters of senior officers expect austerity to claim more victims in the coming year, while a third are pessimistic about balancing savings with protecting frontline services in years to come.

Permits – technology sheds a new light on an old tool


Ashley Bijster, managing director of Imperial, considers the advantages of virtual permit solutions.

Councils told to 'join the conversation' on roads revolution


The Local Government Association (LGA) has urged councils to grasp the opportunities offered by the technological revolution in road transport.

5,000 councils ‘go digital’ thanks to multi-million pound cash injection


Thousands of communities will be able to access more information about local politics thanks to a £5m cash injection designed to ‘digitally enable’ councils.

Charity gives digital platforms designed to meet social needs £160,000


Nesta has announced funding for collaborative social media platforms that can, among other things, help match homeless families to people with spare rooms.

Scottish council staff sceptical about country’s digital progress


Less than half of local government workers in Scotland believe it will become a digital nation by 2020.

Funding awarded to test 5G technology


The winners of grants to develop communications technology have been announced in the latest stage of the government's drive to make the UK 'a world leader in 5G'.

Watch the highlights of a recent roundtable event


A panel of experts from BT, DCMS and local government had plenty to discuss at our recent roundtable event. Watch the highlights – and find out how our own security initiatives have real impact on the organisations we work with.

Digital challenge of Universal Credit


The introduction of Universal Credit (UC), which pulls your benefits into one place, may seem eminently sensible but there seems one major caveat: it relies on a level of digital literacy.

Technology and the public sector 2018


Jos Creese outlines some key technology trends councils should focus on in 2018.

Govtech in 2018


John Wybrant explores the key implications 'Govtech' will have for local authorities in 2018.

IT managers view data security as ‘biggest priority’


The majority of senior IT managers working in the public sector view data and system security as their ‘biggest priority’, new research reveals.

One million homes without ‘decent’ broadband, regulator finds


More than one million homes and offices are struggling to get ‘decent’ broadband, new Ofcom report finds.

The Futurists and Visionaries thinking beyond Technology


BT has a big part to play in helping local councils adopt a ‘digital first’ strategy.

Council launches apps for children in care to share views


Norfolk County Council has launched two new apps designed to help vulnerable children and young people in Norfolk share their views and feelings.

Public sector organisations collaborate to provide ‘roaming internet’


Camden council has joined forces with other public sector organisations in a bid to deliver ‘seamless roaming internet’ across the capital.

Preparing for the road ahead


New research has highlighted that systems for storing and analysing data in local government will be ‘unfit for purpose’ within two years. Keith Martin explains what action councils should take now.

What next for digital transformation?


At a recent round table debate organised by The MJ and BT local authority chief executives debated the progress of digital change in their organisations. William Eichler reports.

Redefining neighbourhoods: Beyond austerity


The Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) and ITN Productions have launched a news and current affairs-style programme ‘Redefining neighbourhoods: Beyond austerity'.

Public bodies spend over £1bn on digital services with SMEs, figures reveal


Local councils and other public sector bodies have spent £1.2bn with SMEs on cloud and digital services since 2012, new figures reveal.

Council chatbots?


John Wybrant explores how chatbots could help councils deliver better frontline services for citizens.

Half of London councils failing to implement a Bring Your Own Device Policy


New research has revealed that half of London councils do not have an official Bring Your Own Device (BOYD) in place.

Existing processes holding back digital transformation, survey reveals


An unwillingness by staff to adopt digital ways is holding back the transformation of the public sector, according to the results of a new survey.

Council fined £100,000 after hackers stole sensitive information


A council has been accused of failing to repair a ‘vulnerability’ in the authority’s software which allowed hackers to access sensitive information.

Cyber security must be managed and understood at all levels


For councils it is not a question of if they are threatened by a cyber attack, but when that attack will happen. Doncaster MBC chief exec Jo Miller explains.

Hackers promise end to parking tickets on council Twitter


A council has apologised after local hackers took control of their Twitter account and promised to end council tax and parking tickets.

Digital transformation is like a box of chocolates


Phil Brunkard reports on digital transformation from the launch of the HouseMark Digital Transformation Programme at the BT Tower.

Digital technology ‘biggest priority’ for finance chiefs


Digital technology will be the biggest priority for public sector chief financial officers (CFOs) over the next five years, according to new research.

Digital democracy: helping citizens engage with local government


How can recent advances in digital technologies help councils to engage in citizens in new ways, from crowdsourcing to collaborative policymaking?

Bournemouth chosen to trial 5G network planning tool


Bournemouth is set to become the first place in the UK to gain a 5G network after being chosen as a 'test bed' destination for the mobile coverage.

How to eat an elephant


Bob Quin outlines the best way to introduce change in local government departments.

Digital transformation has been mostly ‘cosmetic’, study finds


Public sector digital transformation initiatives have been mostly ‘cosmetic’ and have not delivered in terms of outcomes or return on investment, Brunel University research reveals.

Five ways councils can get more young people to vote


Stephen Morgan presents his five tips to help local councils engage young people.

Narrowing the digital skills gap


Andrew Lawson explains why in the battle for top digital talent, local government has a secret weapon.

Rebooting local government


Dean Wanless unveils a new white paper explaining how local authorities can get the most out of digital transformation

Heatmap outlines factors driving digital exclusion


A heatmap showing levels of digital exclusion in each local authority area has been unveiled by Doteveryone.

Views from the top on the digital revolution


Mark Whitehead reports from a round table discussion at London’s BT Tower in which council leaders and technology experts exchanged views and ideas on the digital revolution.

Push the right buttons


Dean Wanless explains why the Local Digital Coalition might help ensure effective collaboration on IT solutions.

Learning by experience, leading by example


BT, as an entity, has seen a move from the public sector to private, we have transformed our cost base and the way we engage, and now we are working on provision of technology to assist in the transformation in public services.

Risk of large-scale cyber-attacks on councils growing, Socitm warns


Local forums set up to protect councils against cyber attacks are failing to work together to deal with the threat, council IT leaders have warned.

Survey reveals skill shortage to drive long-term digital transformation


Nearly half of public sector workers believe their organisation is lacking the skills to drive forward long term digital transformation, according to the results of a new survey.

Silver bullet for digital strategies


Establishing a single standard for data management has numerous benefits. Dean Wanless sets out the criteria for enabling common working across the sector as it fast-forwards towards devolution.

Bradford leads the way in digital health


The Digital Health Enterprise Zone (DHEZ), a £13m programme designed to accelerate digital health innovations in Bradford, is leading the way in digital health innovation.

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