Lack of digital skills biggest hurdle for governments to overcome, Gartner analysis finds

26 April 2017

Research vice president says public sector needs to embrace start-ups and move workforce out of low-value repetitive...

Chancellor to jettison Making Tax Digital plans from Finance Bill

25 April 2017

Wash-up period sees government compromise to rush crucial tax legislation through House of Commons today

DfE seeks chief data officer

25 April 2017

Department offers £140,000 for new recruit to lead on data and insight

TechUK: City mayors should commit to making digital the 'new norm'

25 April 2017

Industry body calls on mayors to appoint a chief digital and innovation champion and use their influence to boost smart...

Don’t abuse stats during election campaign, UK Statistics Authority chair tells party leaders

24 April 2017

David Norgrove writes to ask parties to make sure their campaign materials don’t mislead the public

Councillors aren’t ‘digital dinosaurs’ - but have yet to speak with one voice

24 April 2017

Camden councillor Theo Blackwell’s research finds most councillors are positive about technology but warns that...

Public safety ‘imperilled’ by lack of interoperable police ICT network

24 April 2017

2016 State of Policing report calls for a single decision-making mechanism for ICT to bring forces into the...

Robotics and AI get £93m in Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

24 April 2017

Business secretary Greg Clark announces spending breakdown for first areas to receive investment through the fund...

Data reveals FOI requests fell 4% 2016

21 April 2017

DWP, MoD, MoJ and Home Office continue to get most Freedom of Information requests, figures show 

‘You’re always competing with something’: EY’s global lead for government on recruitment in a digital age

7 April 2017

Ageing governments across the world are crying out for an injection of fresh talent. EY's George Atalla tells Rebecca Hill that they have plenty to offer - but need to change their approach.

Torfaen tweets: How a small Welsh council is punching above its weight on social media

6 April 2017

Finding new ways to publish public information has turned Torfaen Council into a local government social media leader. Gill Hitchcock reports.

Interview: Conservative peer Chris Holmes calls for a considered but can-do attitude from government on blockchain

27 March 2017

Two sides to the BitCoin? Conservative peer Chris Holmes talks to Rebecca Hill about being positive about blockchain’s potential for public services without seeing it as a ‘wonder drug’.

A digital front door: Cornwall council’s plan to make up for underinvestment and a failed supplier partnership

23 March 2017

At the start of the year, Cornwall Council’s cabinet approved an £18m digital improvement plan that aims to fix years of IT underinvestment. Gill Hitchcock reports.

Interview: GDS leader Kevin Cunnington on 'self-help groups', spend controls and cold water swimming

16 March 2017

After a tumultuous first six months as director general of the Government Digital Service, Kevin Cunnington has finally got the long-awaited Transformation Strategy off his desk and is looking forward to an office move. He tells Rebecca Hill about Whitehall “self-help groups”, reforms to spend controls and cold water swimming.

Local councils ‘should be at the forefront’ of national cyber security

24 January 2017

This time last year Lincolnshire’s IT systems were taken out for five days after a cyber attack. The council’s information management lead Richard Wills tells Gill Hitchcock why councils are a target and how good communications can keep systems safe.

‘A symbolic moment has passed’: Prospective city mayors have missed the chance to champion tech

11 April 2017

In three weeks, voters in Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool get to choose new mayors, but you’d be hard pushed to find much mention of tech in their manifestos, says David Walker. He asks if there’s a reason for their seemingly half-hearted approach to IT.

NAO offers 'balanced view' of history of digital transformation, but GDS now needs to focus on Brexit

3 April 2017

Much will be made of the UK spending watchdog’s recent report on how the Government Digital Service is adapting to its new way of working – but the real test of government digital is more likely to be Brexit, writes the Institute for Government’s Daniel Thornton.

Public sector IT contractors: Focus on value not cost as IR35 hits

22 March 2017

At the end of March, the government is facing a brain-drain as contractors leave the public sector rather than be caught out by stricter tax rules. But Eduserv’s Max Elliott-Massouras says the focus should be on the value of contractors – not their cost.

If you make bold decisions, you have to execute them well: Five lessons for getting transformation right

20 March 2017

Aingaran Pillai, CEO and founder of open source software company Zaizi, says that governments need to make bold decisions on digital - but make sure they're executed properly. He offers his top five tips for digital staff here.

Keeping tabs on transformation: Why tracking progress will be crucial for success

2 March 2017

A lack of benchmarking data on digital transformation programmes in government makes it hard to evaluate success at a time when it has ever been more important, says Jane Roberts, strategy director at TopLevel. 

Algorithms in decision-making inquiry: Stephanie Mathisen on challenging MPs to investigate accountability

28 February 2017

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee is to investigate the use of algorithms in decision-making, an inquiry chosen as part of the committee’s crowd-sourcing project. Stephanie Mathisen, campaigns and policy officer at Sense about Science, who pitched the idea to the MPs, explains why the field needs more scrutiny.