Opinion

Accelerating local government’s transition to net zero with AI-enabled procurement

22/10/2021

Muhammad Malik explains how local government can harness AI technologies to streamline the cost of procuring renewable energy without impacting daily operations.

A lot of hot air from government on air quality?

20/10/2021

Mark Nichols explains how live data on air quality can help councils identify areas of concern and what actions will be the most effective.

Now is the time to support, inspire and empower our youth in addressing climate change

19/10/2021

David Ingham explains why the Pod (Wastebuster’s free school environmental education and campaign programme) and The Energy Saving Trust Foundation have joined forces in the run-up to COP26, to provide free support for schools and their students.

It’s now or never for modern democracy

14/10/2021

The electoral landscape is now ‘more crowded than ever’, while council resources have been ground down, says Laura Lock – and she warns that professionals do not have limitless capacity.

Society has allowed child sexual abuse to exist - now we must do more to help those affected

13/10/2021

Kit Shellam says that while it is vital we make progress in preventing the sexual abuse of children, we must also support those who have been abused and who continue to live - and suffer - in silence.

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.

Three keys for UK local authorities to lead the way on piloting a legal cannabis industry

11/10/2021

Legalising cannabis production and retail should be a priority for London, Manchester and other UK cities who need to boost local employment and create new revenue streams for local government, argues Hamish Stewart.

Overcoming the barriers to Commercial Card use

08/10/2021

Want to reap the benefits of Commercial Cards but coming up against some challenges? James Sykes, Head of Commercial Cards, Lloyds Bank and David Legg, Head of Corporate Card Products, Lloyds Bank, discuss how the payments industry is helping organisations unlock their true value.

Councils must recognise the threat to locally delivered social care

07/10/2021

The local government sector, and the bodies which represent it, need to switch from a stance that welcomes small steps, to one that recognises the existential threat that locally delivered social care now faces, argues Jessica Studdert.

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.

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.

Why security should be top priority for the £2bn data procurement framework

29/09/2021

The local government's acknowledgement of the importance of data should be tempered with caution about data security and regulation adherence argues AJ Thompson.

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.

Energy Efficient Retrofitting – New Funding Opportunities and Support Available for Local Authorities

21/09/2021

Effective Energy Group is the leading Retrofit Energy Efficiency Solutions Provider in England with 10+ years’ experience of delivering retrofit projects.

Making the case for a 'Good Home Agency'

16/09/2021

Pat Ritchie argues a lack of a coherent local strategy is largely to blame for England’s poor housing.

How can local authorities benefit from digitised licencing tools?

15/09/2021

Nicola Ray explains how the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority has updated its licensing system to ensure the safety of vulnerable workers and protect them from exploitation.

The future of e-mobility is built on rapid charging

13/09/2021

Menno Kardolus explains how e-mobility, smart energy management and rapid charging, will be key to enabling smart cities to grow and develop.

Encouraging biodiversity in UK cities: Bee Bus Stops and more

07/09/2021

Will Ramage discusses how councils can use urban infrastructure to positively contribute towards biodiversity and climate resilience.

Liverpool's thriving social ecosystem

06/09/2021

Steve Rotheram outlines how the social trading sector is thriving in Liverpool due to its unique investment and development vehicle.

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.

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