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Mobilising the workforce

Re-shaping local gov: Mobilising the workforce and joining up care

David McKinney, Managing Director of Local Government at Servelec, discusses how councils can build on the digital progress they’ve made during COVID-19, and use mobile solutions to move towards true joined-up working.
eradicate period poverty

Bristol City Council spearheads campaign to eradicate period poverty

Councillor Helen Godwin, Cabinet Member for Women, Children and Young People on Bristol City Council, discusses the work being done by Bristol City Council to eradicate period poverty.
local authorities

Crisis communications: Why local authorities should adopt open source technologies

Tom Bianchi, VP of digital experience company, Acquia, explores how content can engage and better connect citizens with local authorities.
town planning

What impact can AI have on town planning?

Robin Barber, Product Owner of Built Environment at Arcus Global, explores how artificial intelligence (AI) can play a role in town planning.
foster carers

Uncovering the barriers to fostering, during the pandemic and beyond

To encourage and inspire new potential foster carers to step forward, Bristol City Council decided it needed to understand just what nudges people over the line, and what holds them back.
key services, essential services, council services

How can councils keep key services running during lockdown and beyond?

Anique Bravenboer, alliance manager, Yotta, explores the ways in which councils have been adapting in order to continue to deliver essential services during the COVID-19 lockdown.
boost mobile connectivity

Dorset Council’s £4.3 million project will boost mobile connectivity

A bid led by Dorset Council has been awarded £4.335 million to help boost mobile connectivity in rural communities.
probate collusion

The risks of probate collusion for local authorities

Philip Turvey, Executive Director of Anglia Research, explains the risks of collusion local authorities face with cases of probate – and how councillors can clamp down on the issue.
rough sleeping programme

Rough sleeping programme receives £112 million funding boost

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP has announced that councils will receive a further £112 million to go towards the governments rough sleeping programme.
criminal landlords

Government awards £4 million funding to tackle criminal landlords

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced that councils will be able to access almost £4 million in new government funding, as part of a crackdown on criminal landlords.
digital technology

£500,000 awarded to councils for digital technology innovations

Councils have been awarded over £500,000, from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Local Digital Fund, to fund seven digital technology projects exploring the use of digital technology to improve local public services.

Putting young people at the epicentre of children’s services

Richard Betts, CEO of Local Government at Servelec, discusses how local authorities are transforming data and information flow through interoperability.
public sector connectivity

What does public sector connectivity mean today?

Paul Doe, Regional Director, MLL Telecom discusses how public sector connectivity means so much more to local councils than increased bandwidth, looking at how local government can tailor the procurement process to make the most of connectivity contracts to benefit local citizens.
fixing the plumbing

Local government should rethink the ‘fixing the plumbing’ principle

The Local Digital Declaration announced last year has laid the foundations for digital transformation across councils. One of the principles, ‘fixing the plumbing’, has now become a common catchphrase which is often used out of context.
reaching net-zero

The role of local authorities in reaching net-zero

Anthony Donoghue, Principal Engineer and Power Systems team lead at WSP, highlights what role local authorities play in reaching net-zero targets.
planning systems

The impact of climate change on the UK planning systems

Amanda Beresford, partner and head of planning at Shulmans LLP discusses how the UK Government's commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 will impact planning systems.
automated workflows

UK councils are failing to improve productivity through automated workflows

A Freedom of Information request finds that local councils are not realising productivity improvements through automated workflows.
East Hampshire council tax cash

East Hampshire cuts council tax for second year running

East Hampshire District Council has once again set itself apart from other local authorities up and down the country by cutting council tax bills Yes, you read that right: For the second consecutive year, East Hampshire District Council is cutting council tax rates. Following a 2% reduction last year, the...
reduce congestion smart parking traffic

Smart parking and traffic management tech get £4m boost

Roads Minister announces £4 million in project funding for smart parking, traffic management and charging point availability technology across England The government is awarding £4 million in funding for technologies designed to cut congestion, improve access to electric vehicle charging, and speed up road journeys. Apps which give motorists advance notice...
council boycotts israel sign on floor

Council boycotts of Israeli goods will become illegal

The UK government plans to make local council boycotts of countries and companies – particularly Israel – illegal, in new measures announced this week Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has unveiled plans to prevent council boycotts of companies and countrie unless they fall in line with central government policy. The move aims...

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