Theresa May’s fledgling post-Brexit industrial strategy seeks to use government purchasing power to boost UK business if the Conservatives remain in power. Colin Marrs looks at historical precedents and future pointers.
GovStart programme gives small companies the chance to learn from GDS leaders past and present and access part of £320bn global market
Committee chairman asks to see contingency plans for replacement of existing customs programme as doubt is cast on readiness for Brexit
Taxonomy sets out career paths and capabilities for 37 roles
NAO urges GDS to use ‘proportionate effort’ on spend controls as data shows lowest cost digital projects take up most of the spend controls team's time but deliver the smallest savings
Authoritative list of Scottish local authorities enters alpha as Whitehall announces registers of government organisations, prisons and administrative regions
Archives Unlocked strategy focuses on the potential of digital to increase resilience and innovation, as £1m fund set to boost digital training
Lead service designer role offered at a salary of around £91,000
House of Lords told small-scale trial using blockchain technology to help benefits claimants manage spending had yielded ‘encouraging results’
Interview: Conservative peer Chris Holmes calls for a considered but can-do attitude from government on blockchain
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
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.
The Government Digital Service has said it will retire four formats, including video and programmes, as part of work to migrate its disparate publishing applications to its new single publishing platform.
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.
Councils should be in the “driving seat” of technological change, but need to rethink the role they play in their locality and invest in long-term planning, a report has said.
Figures released to parliament confirm departments’ spending on paper is falling - but some still spend more than £2m a year
The number of public sector bodies using the Crown Hosting Framework for data centres is set to increase, as the Crown Commercial Service takes over responsibility for the service.
Lords Economics Affairs Committee says estimates of savings ‘little more than guesswork’
The government needs to distribute digital expertise to procurement teams across Whitehall if it is to succeed in efforts to increase innovation in public services, a conference has heard.
The Ministry of Justice has become the latest department to transfer its employee data onto the government’s shared back-office IT system.
The Government Digital Service is planning to review around 30% of departments' digital projects based on "continuous interactions" with tech teams rather than set spending limits.
The Home Office is seeking a “robust and charismatic” deputy director for Emergency Services Network Mobilisation.
The London Borough of Hounslow is one of two London councils to sign new long-term deals with Liberata.