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Mobile connectivity programme costs ‘higher than anticipated’


The Government’s programme for expanding 4G mobile connectivity across 95% of the UK by 2025 is behind schedule and is costing more than anticipated.

360 Vision Technology’s Invictus TX wireless camera selected for Heritage site


360 Vision Technology has been chosen to supply the camera surveillance technology for an historically important English Heritage site at Exeter Quayside.

Socitm: Public sector services must primarily become digital


Despite extreme pressures on finances and staffing, public sector services must primarily become digital in everything they do, according to a new report from Socitm.

Leveraging tech to tackle black mould


Deborah Matthews, MRI Software, looks at how arming onsite teams with the right tech can empower social housing providers to be proactive on black mould.

Fears over digital switchover costs


Councils face multi-million pound bills as a result of the digital switchover of the telephone system.

Alarm sounded on cyber threat to local elections


Ministers have written to councils to warn of attempted foreign interference in next year’s elections.

Parking meters face disruption from 2G switch off


Parking meters, alarm systems and telecare devices risk facing disruption when 2G and 3G mobile networks are switched off, council chiefs warn.

Online Safety – Time to Act


Schools still have work to do despite onus being put on online platforms to conform to new safeguarding legislation, says safeguarding expert Mark Bentley.

Council reprimanded after suffering Cyber attack


Gloucester City Council has pledged lessons will be learnt following a reprimand from a data watchdog over a Cyber attack.

Councils sign cross border partnership


Two English councils, Herefordshire and Shropshire, and two Welsh county councils, Monmouthshire and Powys, have signed a partnership agreement.

It’s a speed thing: digital transformation in local government


Adrian Trickett, Vice President of Sales and General Manager of EMEA at Boomi, discusses why digital transformation projects in local government fail.

Council websites referred to equality watchdogs


Some 56 local government websites have been referred to equality watchdogs in the last year.

Getting ready for Biodiversity Net Gain


Dr Robin McArthur, chair of the Joe's Blooms Advisory Board, discusses Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) and what local authorities should do to prepare.

Cadcorp launches new EPC Data Service


Cadcorp has launched a new cloud hosted data service, providing Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings for all residential properties in Great Britain.

Budgetary Breaking Point: Learning from Birmingham’s mistakes


Claire Agutter from Scopism takes a look at why Birmingham CC's predicament is not an isolated case and how other councils can learn from their mistakes.

Government pledges £60m innovation investment


The Government has pledged to invest £60m into an innovation fund to support universities in areas with lower levels of research and development investment.

Scam warning amid digital switchover


Criminals are exploiting the analogue to digital switchover to scam users of health care telephony devices into giving personal information, councils warn.

Wales to consider funding bids straddling English border


Wales’ economy minister has said he would consider funding bids from a new council partnership that crosses the Welsh and English border.

Tech firm urges Government to overhaul welfare systems


We Are Digital has called on the Government to tear up ‘outdated and siloed’ welfare models and implement an approach that could save councils millions.

Welsh and English councils announce new partnership


Councils on either side of the border between Wales and England are set to join a partnership in a bid to seek Government funding.

Council hit by suspected ransomware attack


St Helens Borough Council has put in place extra security measures after a suspected ransomware attack on its IT systems and networks.

Liverpool to provide 4,500 tablets to tackle digital exclusion


More than 4,500 people in the Liverpool City Region will receive free tablets, internet access and training as part of a scheme to bridge the UK’s ‘digital divide’.

Cyber-attack hit Electoral Commission


Information held by the Electoral Commission was accessed by 'hostile actors,' the watchdog has revealed.

Increased connectivity means increased community


Nick Wiggin, Freshwave, looks at the relationship between connectivity and community, and discusses the importance of digital champions.

How social housing professionals can combat cyber-attacks


How can the sector’s IT professionals safeguard their tech stacks? John Blackburn, Central Networks, outlines some crucial steps to implement.

UPRNs are the embodiment of data provenance. Are you ready?


Fiona Barron, Land Data, and Steven Brandwood, Engagement, GeoPlace, discuss the importance of keeping the UPRN conversation going at the local level.

Councils urged to bid for 5G funding


Local authorities across the UK have been invited to bid for shares of a £40m fund to support their adoption of 5G and other advanced wireless technology.

Digital champions important for broadband ‘consistency’


The Government should consider requiring councils to have a digital champion to help improve the UK’s rollout of fast broadband, a new study has concluded.

Waltham Forest Council appoints Voicescape to help drive up Council Tax collections


Voicescape has strengthened its public sector position, after being appointed by Waltham Forest Council – its sixth local gov client win in the last year.

Getting tech-savvy Gen Z into the social care sector


Rajiv Tanna, co-founder and CPO of birdie, looks at how technology can help the social care sector appeal to younger generations.

More councillors feel at risk of abuse


The number of local councillors who have reported feeling at risk in their role due to abuse and intimidation has increased in the last year, LGA finds.

How to support your local businesses more effectively to safeguard their future


Destin Solutions has worked with one local authority to help them get to grips with their local business landscape through the smarter use of data.

Majority of councils support return of virtual meetings


Most councils would like to be able to reintroduce virtual meetings to support the recruitment and retention of councillors, a new survey has revealed.

Can technology solve the care crisis? We certainly think so.


Jody O'Neill, CEO of Curam, the UK's largest online platform for care workers, looks at the role of technology in solving the care crisis.

‘Smart multi-purpose' lamp post pilots launched


Ministers have announced up to £1.5m for six local authority-led pilots to test the capacity for lamp posts to deliver smart services such as EV charging.

Orlo, first social media management platform in the world to integrate with Nextdoor


Orlo, the UK’s number one social media management platform, announces a first of its kind API integration with Nextdoor, the neighbourhood network.

Councils wait for Capita reassurance


Unhappy councils are seeking assurances from revenues and benefits software supplier Capita there will be no more data breaches after a number of incidents.

Council helps Premier League stop £7m streaming fraud


Five men who illegally streamed Premier League matches have been jailed following a trading-standards investigation led by Hammersmith and Fulham Council.

How AI can assist councils with social housing allocations


Charlie Green, Comparesoft, looks at how incorporating machine learning with asset management can help councils manage social housing allocation.

List of councils impacted by Capita data breach grows


The number of local authorities impacted by Capita’s most recent data breach has risen to five.

Councils to take ‘swift’ action after data breach


Local authorities say they are taking action to deal with a data breach by the revenues and benefits software supplier, Capita.

Jersey selects BridgeHead’s HealthStore® to manage medical images


The Government of Jersey’s has contracted BridgeHead Software to implement HealthStore® to consolidate all medical images in an accessible central repository.

BridgeHead’s HealthStore® Wins 2023 MedTech Breakthrough Award


Prestigious international annual awards program recognizes standout digital health & medical technology products and companies.

Shropshire Council welcomes £24m broadband contract


Shropshire Council welcomes the announcement of a multi-million-pound investment into high-speed full-fibre broadband.

Councils warned against banning TikTok


A national body made up of organisations working together to raise standard of communications in the public sector has warned councils against banning TikTok.

Cyber attack led to data breach


Capita has admitted data was stolen during a Cyber attack that disrupted council services.

Councils disclose 1,500 data breaches


UK councils have disclosed almost 1,500 data breaches in a year, according to a survey.

New safeguarding software to transform collaboration between councils and schools


Software company CPOMS has developed a first-of-its-kind solution to transform the way councils work with schools to log and manage safeguarding concerns.

New North Yorkshire Council urged to live stream meetings


Councillors in Scarborough have urged the new North Yorkshire Council to live stream all its meetings online to improve transparency and cut down on travel.

Labour pledges to revitalise high streets


Labour will today promote its plan to revitalise ailing high streets through a £700m fund to help small businesses with soaring energy bills.

Milton Keynes City Council offsets rising energy prices with Telensa smart street lighting


Milton Keynes CC forecasts that Telensa smart street lighting will deliver annual energy savings of over 60% and carbon savings equivalent to five million kWh.

Don’t force drivers to pay for parking with smartphones, Gove says


Levelling-up secretary Michael Gove has told councils they must not force drivers to use smartphones to pay for parking spaces.

Social care workforce funding halved


Government plans to digitise the care sector and bolster the workforce have come under fire after it emerged they would mean cutting workforce funding.

Cyber attack hits councils


Councils have reported disruption to their call centres after a Cyber attack on outsourcing giant Capita.

Motorists face digital exclusion from car parks, MPs warn


MPs have asked the Government to help motorists who have problems parking because of increasing use of mobile technology apps.

Restore Records Management works with HM Land Registry to digitise files


Restore Records Management has been working with HM Land Registry to digitise historic files that include a property lease to drive service efficiencies.

Cambridgeshire set to see broadband boost with £69m contract


Around 45,000 people in rural Cambridgeshire are set to see an improvement in their broadband thanks to a multi-million-pound Project Gigabit agreement.

Why this is the year councils look to business intelligence


Mark Cobb, CEO, Cantium Business Solutions argues that business intelligence can help local authorities transform service delivery.

Vemotion reveal latest streaming solutions at Security & Policing 2023


Vemotion reveal latest cyber secure, video streaming solutions for cellular and satellite at Security & Policing 2023.

Cadcorp SIS 9.1 released


GIS software release designed to help organisations gain deeper insight into data.

Two million elderly at risk from digital switchover delays


Council chiefs warn two million older and disabled people could be put at risk unless councils are given more support to help with upgrading digital networks.

How local authorities can fight payments fraud


Ilija Ugrinic of software solutions provider Proactis looks at how councils can fight payments fraud.

Council digitalisation being held back, report finds


Councils’ efforts to digitalise are being hindered by a lack of funding and guidance, a new report has found.

Modernising planning with a digital approach


Stephen Croney of Esri UK examines three local authority projects which demonstrate how geospatial technology can help modernise the planning process.

Kent councils drop CCTV company over genocide accusation


A number of local authorities in Kent have decided to stop using CCTV made by a company whose technology is allegedly linked to the Uyghur genocide in China.

Revolutionising local government customer service


Jason Roos, CEO of Cirrus, argues that Contact Centre as a Service can help councils make their customer service operations more responsive.

How local councils can bolster cyber resiliency


Rick Jones, CEO and co-founder of DigitalXRAID, discusses how councils can go beyond IT Health Checks to proactively strengthen their security posture.

Brent Council’s digital transformation


To help meet the shifting demands of its population, Brent Council partnered with Juniper Networks to provide AI-powered connectivity in its Civic Centre.

Combatting data theft


Government has issued ‘Data Retention’ advice following an increase in ransomware attacks. AJ Thompson, Northdoor plc, explains how councils can protect data.

County leaders call for tech solutions to social care issues


Digital technology is a crucial step in reforming adult social care, according to the County Councils Network.

Council chiefs welcome call to address creative skills ‘blind spot’


Council leaders have welcomed a call for a Government focus on fixing the educational ‘blind spots' and digital skills shortage impacting creative industries.

Better together: how to retain IT talent in the public sector


Arun Kumar, regional director at ManageEngine, looks at how the public sector can get over its digital skills problem.

Supporting the NHS on Its Digital Journey


Here at BT, we believe in connecting for good to build strong, trusted, and collaborative partnerships that help drive transformation through co-creation, using innovation to solve real-world problems.

Digital health checks to be piloted in Cornwall


Cornwall is the first area in England to trial a digital face-to-face health check scheme aimed at reducing pressure on GPs.

Satellites trialled in effort to boost broadband


Rural homes and businesses could see a boost to their broadband connections if a trial to use satellites to deliver high-speed connections is successful.

Councils among top five offenders for data breaches


Local authorities are one of the top offenders for data breaches across the UK, a new analysis has revealed.

Largest UK local government area turns to TechnologyOne for digital overhaul


The UK’s largest council by land mass, Highland Council, will roll out local government specialist ERP TechnologyOne’s solution to streamline and automate its operations.

Auditor hands statutory recommendations to two councils


Two councils have been issued with rare statutory recommendations by their external auditor.

Investment needed to close ‘digital divide’


David Hennell, business development director, at National Broadband, discusses why the PM must prioritise digital investment as part of levelling up plans.

Welsh digital and green sector gets £3m boost


The Welsh government has announced a £3m boost to help support the development of skills in the digital and green sector.

Five ways to embrace your future of work


Businesses everywhere are looking ahead at new ways of working. BT have identified five ways to embrace your future of work.

Why the cost-of-living crisis makes fraud prevention even more important


Barley Laing, the UK managing director at Melissa, argues that overstretched councils need to do more to ensure they protect their budgets from fraudsters.

Council welcomes £6.6m broadband deal


Thousands of rural premises in Teesdale are set to gain access to faster broadband after a multi-million-pound contract was awarded under Project Gigabit.

How can better use of data benefit public services?


Keren Pakes, general manager, The Bright Initiative by Bright Data, looks at the role of data in driving public service efficiency.

Copper to fibre network transformation


By the end of 2025, the copper-based PSTN network will be replaced by digital networks. Going digital with BT now will build a strong future for your business.

Why are more councils investing in property inspection technology?


Destin Solutions looks at the surge in interest in technology solutions such as property inspection tools. and considers how they can help revenue generation.

Protecting councils from phishing attacks


With 10,000 cyberattacks hitting UK councils every day, AJ Thompson, CCO at Northdoor plc, argues more needs to be done to protect public data.

Making local councils more cyber-secure


Rick Goud, CIO and co-founder of Zivver, discusses how local authorities can improve their cyber security.

Work starts on first £5bn Project Gigabit contract


Homes and businesses in rural Dorset are set to receive faster broadband as work begins on the first major broadband upgrade under the £5bn Project Gigabit.

How can local government rise to the expectations of the UK Digital Strategy?


Leo Hanna warns that meeting the government’s ambition for a new digital strategy will require an organisational step change within local government.

Integrate connectivity into council policy making, report says


Social care providers and councils are not currently set up to take advantage of improved efficiencies in digital technology, report finds.

Ransomware attacks against councils quadruples


Ransomware attacks on local authorities have quadrupled over the last year, new research reveals.

Levelling up little more than a ‘slogan’, MPs say


MPs have criticised the Government’s flagship levelling up Bill for a lack of clarity and funding commitments.

Luton council victim of £1.1m cyber crime


Luton council was the victim of a ‘highly sophisticated and organised crime group’ that stole £1.1m that had been earmarked for a school, investigation finds.

How councils can reduce their digital carbon footprint


Simon Wissink outlines how local authorities can align their digital sustainability credentials with existing physical sustainability philosophy.

Welsh council and DVLA join together to recycle IT equipment


Swansea has become the first council to receive donated laptops from the DVLA as part of a new partnership.

Unleash wave of mayoral devo, says think tank


A report from the centre right Onward think tank has urged the Government to step back from ‘micromanaging’ England’s cities and counties and unleash a wave of mayoral devolution.

Virtual meetings ‘vital part of local democracy’, council chiefs say


Local authority leaders have called on the Government to allow councils to hold virtual and hybrid council meetings.

Improving digital accessibility


Mark McCallum warns hundreds of documents on council websites still do not meet the UK regulations and globally-recognised accessibility standards.

Digital transformation - managing the barriers to change


Campbell Harte explores how councils can overcome the cultural and technical challenges of digital transformation.

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