Social media

Transparency – more key than ever in the WhatsApp era


Elizabeth Denham offers five recommendations to help Freedom of Information staff deal with requests at a time when the use of private correspondence channels is increasing.

Council housing chief resigns after anonymous Twitter account was exposed


The cabinet member for housing at Southwark Council has resigned after it emerged he was not 'transparent' about a Twitter account he managed.

Coventry's leaders condemn violence in America


Coventry City Council and its opposition party have distanced themselves from a tweet by an independent councillor, voicing support for Donald Trump.

Taking action over an employee’s social media posts


Daniel Piddington warns that councils need to tread carefully when staff bring them into disrepute using personal social media accounts.

Council apologises after tweet prompts ‘voter suppression’ accusation


A Scottish council has apologised for what it described as a ‘lack of clarity’ after it told voters they required ID to vote.

Council chief says on YouTube: 'I'm sorry about bin chaos'


A council leader has gone online to apologise to residents over chaos caused by a reorganisation of bin collections.

Councillor charged with posting ‘indecent’ messages online


A councillor has been charged for posting allegedly ‘obscene’ and ‘menacing’ messages on social media.

Councils and the rise of covert profiles


Mark Whitehead explains why councils are right to use fake Facebook profiles to track down illegal activities.

Councillor designs ‘virtual’ Facebook councillor


The Redditch councillor who set up David Cameron’s official Facebook page has designed his own chatbot service to help local people communicate with the council.

Council denies street lights cause cancer


Gateshead Council has been forced to hit back at a conspiracy theory which claims it is carrying out secret Government trials using its street lights.

The harassment and intimidation of local councillors


From death threats to online harassment, just why are councillors subject to increasing levels of abuse? Neil Merrick investigates.

Former council worker fined for snapchatting personal data


A former apprentice at Southwark Council has been fined after illegally sharing personal information about schoolchildren and their parents via Snapchat.

Local government guide to social media


Neil Merrick explains how local authorities can get the most from social media and avoid potential pitfalls.

Hackers use mayor's profile to make racist posts


The mayor of Leeds has been forced to speak out after suffering a barrage of online abuse when hackers posted racist comments in her name.

Brexit vote marked ‘high point’ of online abuse to MPs, research reveals


An analysis over three months last year revealed 188,000 abusive tweets were sent to MPs, with Brexit marking a high point for online abuse.

Tory councillor suspended after racist Eurovision tweet


A Conservative councillor has been suspended following a racist tweet he made during the Eurovision song contest.

PODCAST: True colours


In a new podcast, Lord Porter charts his political journey from bolshie school kid to Conservative peer leading the Local Government Association.

Snapchat recruited to help register young Scottish voters


The Electoral Commission has partnered with Snapchat as part of a campaign to remind voters in Scotland to register for the council elections.

Council puts crying face emojis on council tax bills


A London Council has shocked residents after it included crying face emojis on an online council tax bill.

Lindsay Lohan turns down Kettering BC’s proposal


Heated negotiations between Kettering Borough Council and Hollywood star over Christmas plans have broken down, LocalGov is sorry to report.

Grita Ora or Gritney Spears? Council invites new names for its gritting machine


Oldham Council has been inundated with hilarious suggestions after it invited local children to name its new gritter.

Exeter ranks No. 1 council on social media


Exeter City Council beats the big metropolitan cities to the top spot of the social media charts.

A day in the life of local government


Thousands of local authority staff and councillors are taking part in a 24-hour tweetathon today, showcasing the diverse and varied work they do.

Council fights cuts by releasing single


The Isle of Wight has taken an unusual approach to challenging the Government’s austerity policies: it has released a single.

Conspiracy theorists criticise use of pencils at polling stations


Voters in in an East Midlands borough were told they could not use their own pen to put a cross on their ballot papers - even though official guidelines say they can.

Councillor suspended for offensive Jo Cox comment


A Yorkshire councillor has been suspended after he made offensive comments about the charity fund set up in memory of murdered MP Jo Cox.

Council breaks tie with legal firm following inappropriate tweets


Cambridgeshire County Council has said it will no longer use the services of legal firm Baker Small, following inappropriate tweets it made about SEND tribunals.

Councils issue warning about online ticket fraud


Music and sports fans are at risk of a huge increase in online ticket fraud, council leaders have warned.

LocalGov is now on Facebook!


Your favourite source of local government news has recently expanded its social media outreach and can now be found on Facebook.

FOI request reveals rise in council suspensions over social media breaches


An investigation by the BBC has found there was a 19% rise in council workers being suspended last year for breaking social media rules.

Survey respondents believe social media can save local authorities money


71% of local authorities believe that social media represents an opportunity to make savings, according to a new report.

Councillors caught watching football during finance debate


Two Labour councillors have been caught watching a football game during a finance debate at Croydon Council.

Social, collaboration and mobile: The drivers of change


Duncan Farley examines the trends that are encouraging staff to work in more efficient ways, helping to save money and get more done with less.

Digital content from councils not ‘up to scratch’ claims survey


People are failing to recommend or share information from their local authority online, a new survey has revealed.

A day in the life of local government


Councils have thrown themselves into the national #OurDay tweetathon today to spread the word about work done by local authorities.

#Ourday is nearly upon us again


William Eichler gears up for local government's annual tweetathon.

£5m for grassroots battle against extremism


The Government is to invest £5m to build a network of grassroots organisations as part of its efforts to tackle extremism.

Are your service users monsters?


Nicola Millard argues that local authorities must ensure their network infrastructure can flex up and down to meet public demand.

Poll exposes scale of ‘inefficient’ public sector meetings culture


Almost two-thirds of public sector workers spend time in ‘inefficient and unproductive’ meetings every week, according to a survey.

Don’t Tweet when boozing or grumpy, councillors to be advised


New advice for councillors set to be launched in a South West borough could urge members not to use Twitter when feeling upset or drinking alcohol.

Dog poo fines down almost 20%, figures reveal


The number of dog owners fined for failing to pick up their pooch’s poo fell almost a fifth in the last year, research has revealed.

‘Ay up my duck!’ - Dolly Parton gives council exclusive new song


‘Nine-to-Five’ superstar Dolly Parton has praised Nottingham City Council for its support of child reading, gifting the town hall an exclusive new song to help local fundraising.

Most councils failing to offer core services online finds research


Only a quarter of councils offer more than half of their core services online, according to new research into the progress of digital transformation.

Galloway accused of breaching election laws


Leader of Respect, George Galloway, has been accused of breaching election laws over a tweet.

Cameron making most ‘noise’ on Twitter finds study


David Cameron has been the most talked about party leader on social media over the past 90 days, although he also had the most negative tweets about him, according to new research.

Paws to vote! Councils use kittens and dancing robots in election drive


Councils are deploying kittens, historic bridges and dancing automatons as part of a social media drive to get the UK voting.

Council defends 'ludicrous' yellow lines less than a metre long


A council has come under fire after painting a set of double yellow lines measuring less than a metre long on a residential street.

LGA launches social media learning hub for councils


A new social media hub has been launched to help local government get to grips with Twitter and online communication.

‘People power’ could cut cost of public service says report


Councils have been urged to develop initiatives that encourage a more active contribution from the public, as a new report hails the benefits of public engagement.

Watch: Unison makes council song out of Kylie hit


A union member has re-written Kylie Minogue’s smash hit ‘Do the Loco-Motion’ as a protest song against council outsourcing.

Council requests parking payment in cheese


Scarborough Borough Council has been left red-faced after accidently asking residents to pay for their parking permits with cheese rather than a cheque.

Joining the dots of local democracy


Paul O'Brien reflects on research among councillors, which shows that non-executive members provide a vital connection between residents and front-line services but feel marginalised from decision-making.

Council defends video of man defecating in the street


A council has defended a controversial video showing a man going to the toilet in the street, released as part of anti-dog fouling campaign.

Watch: Game of Thrones spoof shames ‘unfair’ council funding


Councils are warning that ‘winter is coming’ for budget cuts in a new Game of Thrones parody unveiled by England’s cities.

Sexual job advert gaffe leaves council red-faced


An online blunder has seen Tavistock Town Council advertising for a ‘general hand job vacancy’, prompting sniggering on social media.

Young people urged to vote via Facebook campaign


A Facebook campaign encouraging 18 year olds to register to vote has been launched by the Electoral Commission.

New social media network goes live


Local authorities are being urged to join a new social media network, in a bid to be more transparent.

Councillor quits role after ‘vile’ comment about alleged rape victim


A councillor has quit as leader of a Liberal Democrat group after suggesting an alleged rape victim was too ugly to have been assaulted.

Opposition grows against pay-off for Derry chief executive


More than 3,500 people have backed a social media campaign opposing the reported £275,000 ‘golden handshake’ for Derry City Council’s out-going chief executive.

Pickles is Scrooged


Communities secretary Eric Pickles would choose to play Scrooge, the protagonist of Charles Dickens’ legendary short story ‘A Christmas Carol’ in pantomime, it has emerged.

Councillors suspended for burning devolution plan


Four councillors involved in a filmed burning of a copy of the Smith Commission report have been suspended from the Scottish National Party (SNP).

Councils seeing financial benefit of social media finds report


Two-thirds of councils are now using social media, with 77% saying it can lead to savings if used correctly, according to a new report.

The return of #AskPickles


MPs have called on the public to send in questions for communities secretary Eric Pickles on subjects including devolution, housing and council budgets.

A day in the life of local government


Councillors and council staff are set to take part in a 24-hour social media marathon today, showcasing their daily experiences in local government.

Council gets fingers burnt over Alex Salmond bonfire effigy tweet


A council has been forced to distance itself from two bonfire effigies of Alex Salmond, which are now under investigation by police.

Schoolgirl sexual abuse letter causes ‘undue’ alarm in Havering


Havering Council has admitted warnings that young girls are being sexually exploited are ‘nowhere near as significant as first feared’, after a letter was accidently sent to parents.

Study names rudest region in UK on Twitter


Research suggests residents in a North Yorkshire seaside resort are the most likely to swear on Twitter in the UK.

Council apologises after sending rude tweet during TV debate


A Scottish council has been forced to apologise after sending an offensive tweet to Alistair Darling during Monday’s referendum debate.

Council’s ‘dog poo’ poster goes viral


A council’s shock campaign to tackle dog fouling has caused outrage on social media after a poster showed a toddler ‘eating’ poo.

Council forecasts £18m savings demand


Government cuts could force Flintshire County Council to find £18m of savings next year, with social services, education and waste collections all under scrutiny.

'Penis' map 'could pay off'


A charity that produced a tourism map in a shape resembling a penis believes the mistake would have paid off if it attracts more visitors.

Council laughs off this hilarious headline error


Aberdeen City Council has been left red-faced after a headline blunder on its in-house magazine won international notoriety.

Pickles opens public meetings to filming


A new law allowing the public to film, record and tweet from council meetings will support 'healthy local democracy', according to communities secretary Eric Pickles.

Council refuses to reinstate firefighter sacked for tweet


A council has refused to reinstate a firefighter of 25 years’ service who was sacked for tweeting about strike action.

Disciplinary action launched after 'hired killers' tweet


Disciplinary action has been launched by the Green Party against a councillor who called armed forces personnel ‘hired killers’ on Twitter.

Housing associations failing to understand existing technology, finds survey


Less than 20% of housing associations across the UK have a full understanding of their existing technology according to a new survey.

Deputy leader suspended from party over bogus text spree


The deputy leader of Stoke on Trent City Council has been suspended from the Labour Party after sending messages to a local radio station under false identities.

Elections will be 'won or lost' via social media, says youth charity


Party leaders should deliver their top five election promises on twitter in order to secure the youth vote, according to a new study.

Who controls social media?


Should councils be more aware of the risks associated with using social media?

Councils call for crackdown on NekNomination


An ‘utterly reckless and totally irresponsible’ killer craze should be cracked down on by social media giants Twitter and Facebook, councils have urged.

Isle of Wight to hold live Facebook session on budget decisions


The Isle of Wight Council is to host a live Q&A session on Facebook to allows residents to question members on the council’s budget.

Councils' IT systems hindering support for online abuse victims


The fast pace of technological advances has left local authorities ‘playing catch-up’ in their attempts to crack down on child sexual abuse, experts have warned.

Dudley Council holds public meetings on Facebook


Dudley Council has become the first in the country to hold public meetings on Facebook, with thousands of people viewing the discussions online.

Pickles: I bash local government because I love it


Communities secretary Eric Pickles has insisted he ‘bashes’ local government because he loves the sector.

Pickles fails to escape Twitter grilling


Communities secretary Eric Pickles will not escape a public grilling from Twitter users after a session cancelled last year was rearranged for later this month.

Prediction 2014 will be year of ‘virtual authority’


Next year will be the time of the ‘virtual authority’ with digital tools becoming the primary method of interacting with councils, new research is predicting.

Brent to answer tweets during council meeting


Brent council will integrate Twitter with live streaming of council meetings, as part of Local Democracy Week 2013.

Study social media to improve local services, A4UE advises


Local authorities and Whitehall departments should analyse social media to develop policies and be more responsive in delivering public services, a top research network has advised.

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