Technology

New framework to support local government digitalisation launched

06/07/2022

Council leaders have partnered with technology experts to launch a joint new framework for improving and supporting local government digitalisation programmes.

Smarter steps to a greener future

24/05/2022

Brightly’s digital asset management solution, Confirm, is helping local authorities to streamline their operations, cut costs and contribute to the wider, global sustainability mission. Hannah Winstanley explains more.

Council devolution: how technology can enable a successful and seamless transition

05/05/2022

Scott Goodwin explains how technology holds the key to unlocking a successful and seamless transition to a unitary model.

Going digital: putting the public first in public services

19/04/2022

Nigel Blair explores the challenge of embracing digitalisation whilst keeping local authorities’ customer centric.

How to comply with the new sanctions triggered by the war in Ukraine

11/04/2022

Barley Laing outlines how local authorities can ensure they comply with new sanctions to avoid facing a hefty fine.

Councils offered £75,000 grant to test digital housing services

30/03/2022

Councils are being invited to apply for grants of £75,000 to test out with older people which technology tools and digital housing services work best for them.

How blockchain-inspired tech can spark societal change for the better

01/03/2022

David Coleman explains how distributed ledger technology can improve how societies operate.

Moving beyond digital service delivery in local government

11/01/2022

Ved Sen outlines how councils can harness data to improve lives.

Is a multi-skilled workforce the future of local government?

17/11/2021

Chris Hornung explains why multi-skilling can provide councils with the tools needed to bridge the gap between different areas, streamline communication and improve productivity?.

Edinburgh tops list of ‘booming’ cities outside of London

19/10/2021

Edinburgh, Manchester and Leeds have topped the list of local authorities with the highest number of high-growth businesses outside of London.

Why partnerships are key to enabling inclusive growth and closing the digital divide

14/10/2021

Simon Haston explains how local authorities are turning to technology for new ways to deliver for communities.

Local councils must transform to become sustainable

12/10/2021

Ian Owen outlines how Software as Service (SaaS) solutions can help councils drive real operational improvements and financial savings.

Why partnerships are key to enabling inclusive growth and closing the digital divide

08/10/2021

Simon Haston explains how local authorities are turning to technology for new ways to deliver for communities.

Keeping patients out of hospital: Why one council is spending money on health tech

01/10/2021

A pre-pandemic vision in Stockport to invest in remote care is now having a big impact on preventing costly and distressing hospital admissions, and is keeping people supported at home. Mark Fitton explains how.

Local councils must transform to become sustainable

28/09/2021

Ian Owen outlines how Software as Service (SaaS) solutions can help councils drive real operational improvements and financial savings.

Sutton Council's IoT pilot project

14/09/2021

David Grasty, head of digital strategy & portfolio for Kingston and Sutton Councils, outlines how in-home sensors have improved the safety of vulnerable residents living in social housing.

The role of safety technology in a changing workplace

03/09/2021

Naz Dossa examines the changes in working practices and how technology is playing an increasingly vital role in staff safety and security.

Call to ‘mainstream’ assistive technology in adult social care

14/07/2021

Assistive technology should be placed at the centre of adult social care to make it more targeted and preventative, a new report has argued today.

Minister announces £30m to boost battery and hydrogen technology

30/03/2021

The Government has announced over £30m of investment in battery technology, the electric vehicle supply chain and hydrogen vehicles.

How technology can help transform person-centred care

10/03/2021

Jason Harries explains why technology is the obvious choice for keeping people connected and enabling the best possible outcomes for each individual.

Forget smart cities, smart, programmable communities are the future

01/03/2021

Rob Bullock argues that in order for smart communities to become a reality then local government needs to become citizen centric and create people-based outcomes.

BT Partners with scale-ups on breakthrough green tech

23/02/2021

Tech scale-ups collaborate with BT to develop new services aimed at helping public sector customers transition to Net Zero.

Embracing the civic tech movement

22/02/2021

Lora Botev explains why ‘civic tech’ offers an opportunity for councils to re-engage communities in local decision making.

Welsh council to trial touchless technology at pedestrian crossings

27/01/2021

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council will be trialling touchless technology at six busy pedestrian crossings in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Towards Net Zero

07/01/2021

Join us on 26 January to discover break-through technology supporting the UK’s green recovery

Robotics to be deployed in battle against potholes

27/10/2020

The University of Liverpool has launched a spin out company which will drive the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics to detect potholes and road cracks.

NHS COVID-19 app launched

24/09/2020

People across England and Wales are being urged to download the NHS COVID-19 app to help control the spread of coronavirus.

How local authorities have embraced lockdown to get their road networks in shape

21/09/2020

Chris Dyer outlines how connected asset management platforms are helping councils speed ahead with road maintenance schemes and reactive repairs work.

Advancing beyond ‘business as usual’

17/09/2020

Raj Krishnamurthy, CEO of Freespace, looks at the role workplace technology can play in helping councils deliver services during the Covid-19 crisis.

How to approach rental arrears in a COVID world

26/08/2020

Chris Walker explains how data science, behavioural insights and technology can help councils change the way they manage repayment arrangements.

COVID-19 spotlights information management shortcomings in local government

20/08/2020

James Paton highlights the glaring gaps in information management capabilities and provides some practical action points.?

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.

Care technology can no longer be a managed leap of faith

30/07/2020

Robert Turnbull explains how Hampshire CC is using cobots to improve adult social care during the pandemic.

Keeping the Welsh public safe with PSBA’s network

17/07/2020

PSBA has supported Dyfed-Powys Police (DPP) with network solutions for over a decade, providing connectivity services to enable DPP to serve Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys, the largest police force area in England and Wales.

Space-enabled technologies to aid coronavirus support

10/07/2020

Space data will soon help local authorities to identify ‘hidden’ vulnerable people under new plans announced today.

Fast-tracking technologies during the crisis

09/07/2020

Anthony Singleton explains how technology is helping local government deal with the huge spike in demand for services due to COVID-19.

Moving to the cloud

17/06/2020

Cllr Dominic Twomey explains how the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham maintained and improved contact centre performance during a crisis.

Contact tracing apps: Considerations for local authorities

27/05/2020

Dr Nathaniel O'Grady outlines what four key points should be considered by local authorities before the roll-out of the tracing app begins.

The future of local authority payment services

22/04/2020

Danny Vant asks what does the future of local authority payments have in store?

Video conferencing first at council meeting

02/04/2020

A council used software to help decide key planning applications in what is believed to be the first meeting of its kind in the country.

Projects chosen for £35m 5G technology trials

20/02/2020

A virtual Robin Hood will tell visitors about the history of Sherwood Forest under new plans to trial 5G.

Funding in tech to reduce traffic

17/02/2020

Three projects exploring how tech can cut congestion have been awarded £1.5m funding from the Government.

Pilot Group energy management system to save one million tonnes of CO2 in 2020

27/01/2020

Pilot Group has also made several new features available and numerous upgrades to the system to ensure that the energy management system delivers savings in both costs and energy usage using the latest technology.

Half of local government workers worry about redundancy as a result of cuts

14/11/2019

Around 50% of local government workers worry that they could be made redundant by technological innovation or Government cuts, a survey has revealed.

New partnership to boost HealthTech innovation across Leeds

15/08/2019

A new cross-sector partnership has been signed to boost health technology innovation across the Leeds City Region.

New deal to transform the learning disability sector

29/07/2019

Gavin Bashar discusses how assistive technology can make a positive difference to people with learning disabilities.

Projects to develop new highways tech are launched

31/05/2019

A £22.9m programme has been launched with eight local authorities to develop new ways of building roads.

‘Shockingly small’ number of councils embrace automation, study reveals

10/05/2019

Research dealing with the adoption of new technology in the local government sector has revealed that fewer than 5% of councils have automation or AI projects underway.

Council to launch UK's first city-wide digital currency

10/05/2019

Belfast City Council has announced plans to launch the UK's first incentive-based digital currency.

EventApp - Transforming event planning

09/05/2019

Find out how the EventApp is transforming event planning for UK councils.

The use of drones in local government

03/05/2019

Aerial unmanned vehicles – drones – have hit the headlines after reports that councils are using them to inspect dodgy building work. Mark Whitehead looks at the issues involved.

In perfect partnership: how councils can get the most out of a tech provider

26/03/2019

Cassandra Phillip lists the key steps to creating a successful partnership with a technology provider.

Council investigates using ‘smart’ cars to detect potholes

22/01/2019

Oxfordshire County Council could be rolling out ‘smart’ cars to help detect potholes quickly.

Funding to help those with health conditions return to work

22/11/2018

The Government has announced £4m of funding for technology to help people with disabilities return to work.

West Midlands awarded £20m to make journeys ‘cheaper and quicker’

03/10/2018

The West Midlands will pioneer new transport schemes to make journeys ‘quicker, cheaper and cleaner’ following a £20m funding announcement.

Khan awards tech firms £15,000 to tackle London’s challenges

02/10/2018

The mayor of London has awarded £15,000 each to eight tech firms to help them develop solutions to the capital’s social and environmental problems.

Council staff 'standing in the way of new technology' finds survey

01/08/2017

More than a third of local government staff believe their colleagues are standing in the way of new technology, according to a new survey.

It’s good to think and be inspired about innovation

13/07/2017

I ventured out to Adastral Park in Suffolk last week for BT’s annual Innovation Week.

Hi-tech ‘nuisance call’ blockers to be given to elderly

06/04/2017

Elderly and vulnerable people are to be given hi-tech devices to block nuisance calls.

More councils eyeing up automation technology

09/09/2016

Increasing financial challenges, welfare reforms, growing pressure on services and staffing cuts are powering a surge in interest in automation to carry out repetitive tasks, according to new research.

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