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Supporting economic growth & regeneration in the UK

Bev Hurley CBE, Chair of the Institute of Economic Development, calls for "a sharp and clear focus" in the Shared Prosperity Fund to reduce inequality.
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The connection between art and mental health during lockdown

Here, Deirdre Figueiredo, MBE and Director of Craftspace, discusses the relationship between art, community and mental health during lockdown.
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Low-code technology: Enabling councils to support citizens

Richard Farrell, Chief Innovation Officer at Netcall, talks about the challenges that local councils have faced and the role that low-code technology can and should play in enabling local authorities to guide and support citizens.
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How small-scale digitalisation can have a big impact on the public sector

Satpal Biant, Head of Public Sector, SAP UK, looks at how small-scale digitalisation can have a big impact on the public sector.
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Local elections: Revolutionising voting through digitisation

Glen Ocsko, Head of Local Government, Made Tech, discusses how digitisation can revolutionise the local election voting process.
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How councils can reduce operational costs and manage tech investments

Nick Smee, CEO of Yotta, explores the digital resident demands and funding issues that councils face may this year and considers the steps they can to take re-evaluate their technology investments, reduce operational costs and better manage budget allocation.
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Tackling vaccination misinformation with local government communications

Karen Steel at Granicus discusses how local government communications could significantly help to stop the spread of COVID misinformation, especially when it comes to vaccinations.

Allocating green belt to employment land

Andy Jansons, Director of Jansons Property discusses, explores the logic behind releasing Green Belt land for employment sites in tandem with releasing land for the construction of housing in the same area.
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5,500 public sector organisations will gain access to local data

Over 5,500 public sector organisations now have access to Ordnance Survey information, as part of the Geospatial Commission’s Public Sector Geospatial Agreement.
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Some primary schools stay closed due to rising COVID-19 cases

With rising COVID-19 cases, secondary schools will officially remain shut until 18 January - but primary schools across the country have also decided to stay closed.
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Heat Networks: Johnson’s “rocket” for his Green Industrial Revolution

Stephenson’s Rocket was a major driver of the last industrial revolution two hundred years ago. Will the UK PM, Johnson, be able to deliver a similar principle that will be recognised in two hundred years from now?
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Intelligent traffic systems (ITS) in the UK

Wilke Reints, Managing Director of Siemens Mobility Limited’s Intelligent Traffic Systems business, turns our thoughts towards intelligent traffic systems (ITS) including comment on traffic volumes, air quality and electric vehicles.
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Achieving the ‘levelling up’ agenda needs to go beyond a Green Book refresh 

Infrastructure in the developed world is creaking – we estimate that over $4.6 trillion of spend is required by 2035 to keep pace with needs, and a Green Book refresh won't do it.
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Community businesses can increase employment in the COVID-19 recovery

Vidhya Alakeson, Chief Executive at Power to Change, discusses the power of community when it comes to an economic COVID-19 recovery.
food poverty map, local authorities

Innovate UK give £47,000 to “food poverty map” project

A team at the University of Nottingham are working with OLIO to create a "food poverty map" via machine learning that could help local authorities target their food support.
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MPs vote down measures to extend free school meals over Christmas

Last night, MPs voted 322 to 261 against measures championed by Marcus Rashford to extend free school meals for vulnerable children on the breadline.
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How can local government build on the lessons learned from COVID-19?

Peter Marsden, principal consultant at business change consultancy, Entec Si, discusses how the local government sector can build on the lessons learned from COVID-19.
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A dynamic shift in procurement

Paul Smith, Deputy Managing Director at YPO, discusses the importance of Dynamic Purchasing Systems (DPS) to local authorities in a COVID-19 landscape in this procurement spotlight.
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Government frameworks open the door to easier procurement of services for local authorities

In this interview, Jonny Combe, UK CEO at PayByPhone explains why government procurement frameworks provide a more accessible and convenient way to procure public services, saving local authorities money and time in the process.
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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.

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