Digital

Taking planning and building control to the cloud

22/10/2020

Elena White explains how Isle of Anglesey County Council has been utilising the cloud to transform its planning and building control applications.

Watchdog warns 2025 target for superfast broadband will be 'challenging'

16/10/2020

Rural and remote areas have been left behind in plans to rollout superfast broadband, the public spending watchdog has warned.

Digitising expense management to drive digital transformation

02/10/2020

David Robinson explains how Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council has updated its expense management process.

Automated benefit system 'pushing people into poverty'

30/09/2020

The UK’s automated benefits systems is threatening the rights of people most at risk of poverty, campaigners have warned.

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

10/09/2020

David McKinney 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.

Double-down on digital

07/09/2020

Neil Murray calls on councils to double-down on digital to drive a recovery which levels up all parts of the UK.

London boroughs meet digital apprentices target

28/08/2020

Councils in London have met their target of recruiting 100 digital apprentices by September 2020.

Four in five council staff working from home

19/08/2020

The number of council staff working from home has rocketed from 5% pre-lockdown to 80%, according to new research.

Why local government CIOs must prove they are genuinely transformative

07/08/2020

Mark Armstrong argues that IT must be aligned with the chief executive to be genuinely transformative.

Minister unveils grants to fast track digital innovation

27/07/2020

The Government has announced a series of grants to councils in a bid to capitalise on fast-track digital programmes introduced during the pandemic.

Maximising innovation will help people in a challenging world of work

24/07/2020

Ksenia Zheltoukhova explains how harnessing technology and innovation can make job information and skills training as tailored and engaging as possible.

Empowering change: join BT experts and customers live on 25 June

11/06/2020

Empowering change: How digital transformation can help you work smarter.

Keeping Stockport connected during Covid 19

08/06/2020

Stockport Council explains how it used digital transformation to support staff and local communications throughout the coronavirus crisis.

BT: Providing more superfast connections than ever

04/06/2020

In the coming years, we are going to see more and more smart devices connecting to mobile and broadband networks. BT Group is one of the major players in this space and is at the heart of the growing tech sector in Wales.

Keeping local government online in the fight against coronavirus

04/05/2020

Michael White and Simon Haston explain how BT’s core network, a key part of the nation’s infrastructure, is helping local authorities tackle the coronavirus.

Successful homeworking: from BT’s people to you

04/05/2020

Homeworking might be new to your organisation, but there are lots of ways to make it work for you says Dr Nicola Millard.

Now is the time to embrace the ‘Centaur World’ we live in

09/04/2020

Chris Proctor says that overcoming ‘fear’ of tech and implementing it can have huge benefits for the housing sector .

Following the principles of the Local Digital Declaration

17/03/2020

Matthew Cain explains how Hackney Council is at the forefront of bringing public services into the digital age.

Council chiefs welcome drive to ensure new homes come with gigabit-speed broadband

17/03/2020

Local authority leaders have welcomed an announcement that the Government will legislate to make sure new-build homes come with gigabit-speed broadband.

Six councils receive over £1m to ‘spearhead’ digital projects

16/03/2020

Six councils across England will receive a share of £1.2m of funding to spearhead innovative digital projects to improve public services, the Government has announced.

Budget 2020: 'Record’ £5bn broadband investment for hardest to reach areas

11/03/2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak today announced in the Budget a ‘record’ £5bn investment to get gigabit-capable broadband into the hardest to reach parts of the UK.

Council puts forward plans for ‘digital city’

11/03/2020

Bolton Council is exploring joint venture options to create a ‘super connected digital city’.

Council chiefs welcome appointment of Ofcom as ‘online harms regulator’

13/02/2020

Local authority leaders have welcomed the announcement that the telecoms and broadcasting regulator will be responsible for regulating online platforms.

What local government should ask startups

12/02/2020

Investment in digital solutions to service delivery may help to deliver greater public satisfaction with local government at lower cost. Edd Elliot offers a few tips to buyers seeking to understand whether a small business is offering a solution that matches your problem.

Lessons for digital change from the new unitaries

06/02/2020

Some nine months on from the creation of two new unitary councils in Dorset, what have been the lessons learned from establishing a new organisation and implementing change programmes, especially digital change? Chief executives from councils in the South West discussed the issue at a recent round table debate in the New Forest hosted by The MJ and BT.

Adopting the Local Digital Declaration

05/02/2020

Saul Cozens outlines how councils can effectively adopt the principles of the Local Digital Declaration.

A strong future for SEND services

29/01/2020

How did two non-IT people deliver a successful SEND digital transformation project? Vik Verma and Deborah Brooks explain.

Think tank calls for levy to fund digital inclusion

24/01/2020

A think tank has called for reform of the Banking Levy on banks and financial service providers to fund the delivery of digital inclusion schemes.

Revolutionising tenant engagement

15/01/2020

Ahead of Future of Housing 2020, we caught up with Andy Wallace, CEO of The Robot Exchange to talk about the role of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) in tenant engagement.

Councils call for new powers to verify mobile phone coverage

10/01/2020

Council leaders have argued Ofcom should be given the power to independently verify mobile phone coverage.

The flexible backbone of digital transformation

10/01/2020

Transformation is about continual change and needs versatile, flexible digital tools to deliver over the long term, says John Jervis.

Retro-fitting councils around the 21st century

09/01/2020

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 round table debate on how the new technology will impact local public services. Martin Ford reports.

Council invests in 50 robots to aid distance learning

23/12/2019

Children in Somerset who miss school due to illness will soon be able to continue their lessons thanks to the use of robots.

A new era in street cleansing

20/12/2019

Phil Oldbury explains how councils can bring street cleansing into the digital age.

Welsh government announces £500,000 a year for digital officer

01/11/2019

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.

Local data opened up to create 'digital revolution' in property sector

22/10/2019

Housing minister, Esther McVey, has announced a series of measures to help create a ‘digital revolution’ in the property sector.

Rise in digital construction

04/10/2019

Lee Ramsey explains how digital construction can help local authorities create better buildings and stronger communities.

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

17/09/2019

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

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

13/09/2019

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

27/08/2019

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

11/07/2019

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

08/07/2019

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

Fixing the plumbing

04/07/2019

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’

10/06/2019

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?

29/05/2019

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

Cloud migration: Key considerations for local authorities

22/05/2019

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

21/05/2019

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

Councils ‘unprepared’ for 5G roll out

14/05/2019

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

13/05/2019

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.

Transforming to a digital network

29/04/2019

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

25/04/2019

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

Yorkshire council targeted by pro-Assange hackers

17/04/2019

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

17/04/2019

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

16/04/2019

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

16/04/2019

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

09/04/2019

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’

09/04/2019

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

08/04/2019

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

02/04/2019

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

07/02/2019

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

31/01/2019

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

Consumer watchdog reveals broadband ‘black spots’

22/01/2019

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

Poverty and the digital divide

22/01/2019

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

22/01/2019

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

08/01/2019

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

08/01/2019

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

14/11/2018

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

Technology: a useful aid to improvement

12/11/2018

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

02/11/2018

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

09/10/2018

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

The VAR revolution

27/09/2018

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

Intelligent Connectivity

12/09/2018

Make more of your digital transformation with Intelligent Connectivity.

Achieving a smarter digital future - social care

06/09/2018

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

03/09/2018

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

28/08/2018

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

24/08/2018

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

Exploiting digital opportunities

26/07/2018

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

24/07/2018

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

23/07/2018

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?

09/07/2018

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

05/07/2018

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

Councils sign up to digital declaration

04/07/2018

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?

22/06/2018

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

Intelligent Connectivity – not a public sector pipe dream

22/06/2018

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

05/06/2018

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

30/05/2018

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

Councils told to 'join the conversation' on roads revolution

22/05/2018

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

24/04/2018

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

17/04/2018

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

21/03/2018

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

Funding awarded to test 5G technology

12/03/2018

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

23/02/2018

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

16/01/2018

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

15/01/2018

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

Govtech in 2018

03/01/2018

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

IT managers view data security as ‘biggest priority’

21/12/2017

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

18/12/2017

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

The Futurists and Visionaries thinking beyond Technology

14/12/2017

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

29/11/2017

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’

23/11/2017

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

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