Digital

Newport City Council digitally transforms with TechnologyOne SaaS solution to enhance internal operations

26/05/2022

Newport City Council is transitioning its finance systems to enterprise Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider TechnologyOne to help deliver a more connected experience for its user base of over 500 employees and wider supplier community.

Public sector digital transformation projects fuel UK growth for TechnologyOne

23/05/2022

Australia’s largest ERP software firm to open new London office and recruit more staff after seeing further growth in UK local government sector.

Council offers support to data analysis businesses

19/05/2022

Milton Keynes Council is offering businesses who are operating in the field of data analysis the opportunity to join a business acceleration programme.

Slow Gigabit broadband roll-out ‘stumbling block’ for levelling up

19/05/2022

Levelling up likely to hit a ‘stumbling block’ due to lack of awareness, funding and focussed roles when it comes to Gigabit broadband roll-out, study says.

Building Wales’ digital future

11/05/2022

BT have recently published a brochure showcasing the organisations role in Building Wales’ Digital Future.

Conscious digital transformation in local government

12/04/2022

Russell MacDonald explores the challenges affecting local government and their impact on transformation, cloud adoption and ultimately the experience of the citizens they support.

Three councils win competition to digitise planning services

07/04/2022

Three councils have won a competition to explore how geospatial technology can digitise the planning process.

Council to recruit 1,000 embedded digital champions

07/04/2022

Dorset Council is looking to recruit 'an army' of digital champions to help digitally excluded residents get online.

Devon councils launch Ukrainian refugee website

01/04/2022

Local authorities in Devon have launched a new website to help residents who wish to support Ukrainian refugees.

North Yorkshire councils celebrate public access Wi-Fi roll-out

30/03/2022

Two North Yorkshire councils have successfully concluded a public access Wi-Fi roll-out.

Tech giant Apple awards council for digital skills work

17/03/2022

Scottish Borders Council has been awarded Apple Professional Learning Provider (APLP) status as a result of the technology and professional development the council offers to staff and young people.

BT partners with local authorities to boost mobile coverage in UK towns and cities

11/03/2022

BT is partnering with local authorities in town and cities across the UK, including London, Leeds and Birmingham, to boost mobile coverage by mounting small cell antennas on street furniture such as lampposts and CCTV columns.

Planning laws reformed to speed up 5G roll-out

07/03/2022

Government has announced reforms that will enable mobile network operators to make new and existing phone masts up to five metres taller and two metres wider.

Hull and East Yorkshire named UK’s fastest growing region for digital jobs

03/03/2022

Hull and East Yorkshire’s tech sector is one of the fastest growing in the UK, new figures have revealed.

Councils to have access to new online PPE portal

01/03/2022

Local authorities are to be given access to free personal protective equipment (PPE) through a new website, the Government has announced.

How councils can get strategy right for their digital services

28/02/2022

When forming a strategy, how do councils make sure what they do is valuable and has a positive impact? Isobel Croot explains.

Is 2022 finally the year of the CIO?

11/02/2022

Max Jones details why he thinks 2022 will finally be the year of the CIO – and recommends five steps CIOs can take to make this prediction come true.

Council chiefs call for digital champions to help gigabit broadband roll-out

19/01/2022

Local authority leaders have urged the Government to allow councils to create digital champions to help speed up the roll-out of gigabit-capable broadband in hard to reach areas.

A unique moment in time

15/12/2021

At The MJ’s recent Future Forum, BT outlined the immense opportunities digital and online services are currently offering councils – and the chance for true innovation must be taken.

Councils set to trial digital technology to support social care

01/12/2021

Buckinghamshire Council and Suffolk County Council are going to take part in trials looking at how digital technology can be used to support adult social care.

Nine councils chosen for Digital Pathfinders Programme

23/11/2021

Nine councils have been awarded funding to improve digital inclusion, connectivity and cyber security.

The public sector’s path to becoming Consciously Hybrid

22/11/2021

Effective digital transformation requires a ‘Consciously Hybrid’ approach to cloud, starting with unified, intentional infrastructure architecture.

Protecting local government against an ever-growing threat landscape

08/11/2021

Tony Robertson warns councils must ensure their systems are updated with the latest security protections in the wake of recent cyberattacks.

How can local authorities meet net zero carbon by 2030?

29/10/2021

Niall Gibson explains how concepts such as Digital Twins and performance modelling software take control of carbon emissions.

Protecting local government against an ever-growing threat landscape

28/10/2021

Tony Robertson warns councils must ensure their systems are updated with the latest security protections in the wake of recent cyberattacks.

Fimatix appoints head of User-Centred Design in expansion of its practice

28/10/2021

Leading digital technology consultancy Fimatix has announced the appointment of Francesca White as Head of its new User-Centred Design practice: Fimatix Design.

Councils selected for £1m digital engagement trials

25/10/2021

Thirteen local areas are to share £1m of Government funding as part of an initiative to boost public engagement with the planning process through digital innovations.

County areas are 'poor relation' in internet speeds, MPs warn

21/10/2021

County ares could become the 'poor relation' to cities in the Government's gigabit rollout, MPs have warned today.

Digital innovation could bring over £1 trillion to local economies by 2030 says report

11/10/2021

Local and regional authorities should be given greater capabilities to facilitate digital innovation in their area, to bring more than £1 trillion of added value to local economies, according to a new report.

How Newcastle City Council transformed citizen engagement with a low code solution

05/10/2021

Andrew Culpin explains how a low code new online portal, implemented at the peak of COVID-19, helped to reduce costs for the council, providing better user experience for citizens.

Caterpillars and culture; putting the customer experience at the heart of transformation

27/09/2021

Bob O’Brien explains how the importance of customer experience was central to the transformation of Gloucester City Council.

Strategy sets out 'digital revolution' for highways

02/09/2021

Roads that can repair themselves and an automated cone laying machine are some of the initiatives outlined today to create a 'digital revolution' in highways.

Sharing the tech journey

19/08/2021

South London councils are collaborating to test ways technology can bring benefits to residents. Cllr Sunita Gordon and Cllr Stephanie Archer explain.

Up to £20,000 available to support councils with digital inclusion

16/08/2021

Councils could be awarded up to £20,000 each to fund their proposal to advance digital inclusion, digital connectivity, and cyber security.

Broadband cables to be run through water pipes

10/08/2021

Government offering £4m to anyone wishing to run a trial that would see broadband cables fed through the water pipes to speed up the roll-out of fast internet.

Health providers accelerate digital transformation plans in response to Covid-19

02/07/2021

The UK health sector is fast accelerating its digital transformation plans in response to the surge in demand for remote services during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new study.

Call to make virtual councils meetings permanent

01/07/2021

Councils should be given the freedom to hold remote meetings permanently in the future, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has argued.

Research shows just half of local authorities employ a chief digital officer

23/06/2021

Less than half (49%) of local authorities employ a chief digital officer to oversee their digital transformation, according to new data.

10 councils chosen to pilot digital planning tools

02/06/2021

The use of digital tools in the planning process will be tested by 10 councils as part of a Government pilot.

What should our local authorities look like after COVID-19?

21/05/2021

Martin McFadyen explores how local authorities have rapidly adapted since the COVID-19 crisis and how they can continue the speed of digital transformation.

Experts call for action to be taken to tackle digital divide

12/05/2021

Leading academics have called for urgent action to be taken to tackle the digital divide as research shows there are nine million adults in the UK who can’t use the internet without help.

Unlocking the government experience algorithm

05/05/2021

How can local authorities sustain the current digital transformation momentum moving forwards? Brian Chidester reports.

Battle of the Smart Cities

04/05/2021

Piers Mulroney explores how the race to innovate, digitise and decarbonise is driving the mayoral elections in Birmingham and Manchester.

Digital map reveals 'lacklustre recycling growth'

26/04/2021

Recycling rates have plateaued in England and Scotland for the fifth consecutive year according to a new interactive digital map of local authority recycling data.

Zoom star Jackie Weaver calls for online council meetings to be made legal

15/04/2021

Zoom star Jackie Weaver and the professional body for IT have joined forces to urge the Government to make online council meetings legal.

'Digital twin' of Bradford city centre to be created

12/04/2021

A new project to virtually ‘clone’ Bradford city centre has been unveiled.

Redcar receives £3.7m towards cost of cyber-attack

08/04/2021

The Government has agreed to pay Redcar and Cleveland BC £3.7m in ‘exceptional financial support’ following last year’s ransomware attack.

Rebuilding the patient care backlog with digital

22/03/2021

Dr Simon Bourne argues that councils can empower residents to benefit from care remotely and create a better outlook for communities by putting digital infrastructure in place.

Why innovation and collaboration are key to the next generation of parking

19/03/2021

Hannah Fuller calls on councils to take a multi-vendor approach to touchless parking.

Reset and rebuild: delivering better connected services

10/03/2021

At a recent webinar organised by The MJ and BT, three speakers gave a national, local and provider perspective on the Government's £5bn gigabit speed connectivity revolution. Michael Burton reports.

Digitisation needs to be about evolution, not transformation

02/03/2021

Glen Ocsko calls on local authorities to take a ‘digital evolution’ approach to technology, staff and employment.

Liverpool City Region launches £30m digital joint venture

26/02/2021

A £30m joint venture to make the Liverpool City Region the most digitally connected area in the UK has been unveiled by metro mayor Steve Rotheram.

The next generation of citizens: delivering online services effectively

24/02/2021

John McMahon explains how local authorities can adapt to meet the needs of Gen Z.

What next for the capital post-pandemic?

03/02/2021

The levelling up agenda has focused on the Midlands and the North, but London’s economy has also been hard hit by the pandemic. The MJ and BT spoke to eight London chief executives on how they are adapting to the changes. Michael Burton reports.

How Teams can transform local government contact centres

03/02/2021

Whether it’s an emergency or new challenges, Teams powers collaboration in local government argues Jeremy Payne.

Report sets out need for new digital operating model

21/01/2021

Local and regional authorities should be given greater power and support to help the Government hit connectivity targets, a report has argued today.

Improving digital services for citizens with learning disabilities

20/01/2021

Stephan Liebrecht reviews how successfully the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham implemented a new app-based tool to increase the independence of people with learning disabilities.

Council uses satellite-powered app to spot loneliness

19/01/2021

Leeds City Council has become the first to adopt a satellite-enabled app to tackle social isolation and loneliness in urban areas.

Auditors call for more collaboration to drive digital transformation

14/01/2021

Auditors have called for greater collaboration between Scottish local authorities when it comes to the use of digital technology.

Invest in local digital champions, council chiefs say

22/12/2020

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to fund local digital champions to support the broadband roll-out.

Seven councils awarded digital connectivity funding

21/12/2020

Seven councils are set to receive funding from the Local Government Association (LGA) as part of a programme to help boost digital connectivity.

Future of work in European public sector: Efficiency gains from digital transformation

09/12/2020

New webinar explores the potential for efficiency gains in the European public sector through digital transformation and the push towards a remote working model.

How are public sector leaders thinking about digital transformation?

09/12/2020

Find out how local government is pressing ahead with digital change, wary of cybersecurity threats and understandably concerned about the financial implications of emerging from the pandemic.

DT20 event: Tuesday 24th November

09/11/2020

Join us to be inspired about how digital transformation in Wales and the South West has the power to re-shape your future.

Tackling digital exclusion through public/private collaboration

30/10/2020

Cllr Sean Fielding and Martin McFadyen? explain how the Greater Manchester Combined Authority is taking bold action to reduce digital inequality?.

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.

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