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Birmingham’s unique approach for redesigning ICT and digital services

Andy Fullard, interim information and technology director at Birmingham City Council, outlines how the local authority’s ambitious new five-year ICT and Digital (ICTD) Strategy will support the way in which local services will be provided...

Dorset implements cloud-based platform for environmental health services

Dorset councils have carried out a shared procurement exercise for an environmental health system that they argue will improve customer service. The Dorset Councils Partnership carried out a shared procurement exercise for the implementatio...

It started with a Google search...

Soaring budget gaps, the risk of financial collapse and a move towards self-financing – it would be fair to say that back in pre-austerity days not many councils could have predicted what the sector would look like today. But what if...

Lincolnshire ‘mega-council’ poll cancelled due to ‘ludicrous’ cost

A referendum on the creation of one ‘mega-council’ in Lincolnshire would cost in excess of £1m despite previous county council assurances costs would be ‘kept to a minimum’. Lincolnshire County Council had plan...

Overwork and resource cuts driving public sector staff into agency work

Public sector staff who move from permanent roles to agency work mainly do so due to concerns over insufficient resources and unmanageable workloads rather than in an effort to increase pay, a review has found. Following increasing concern...