Budget constraints and practicalities might prevent councils from making large-scale changes to their IT systems. But, says Richard Whomes, even the smallest steps to modernisation can make a big impact.
The UK must maintain data protection regulations in line with those of the European Union once it leaves the union if it is to remain competitive in the global digital economy, a Labour MP has said.
The Royal Borough of Greenwich is best known for its nautical history, but the council’s digital team is now setting its course for super-fast connectivity and cutting-edge technologies. Gill Hitchcock reports.
The Government Digital Service was officially launched on 8 December 2011. Rebecca Hill takes a look back at five years of transformation, trials and tribulations at the central government team.
The Government Digital Service has saved Whitehall almost £4bn through improved digital services since March 2012, but new figures show a slowdown in year-on-year savings.
Digital transformation will be the biggest priority for public sector chief finance officers over the next five years, according to a survey by consultancy EY.
Three-quarters of GOV.UK content is looked at by less than 10 people a month, according to figures from the Government Digital Service.
The government’s digital transformation strategy must identify the trade-offs the Government Digital Service will be expected to make in implementing the work, the Institute for Government has said.
Political leaders need to become more digitally savvy if they are to properly represent the electorate, digital inclusion charity Doteveryone has said.
Councils need to identify and develop leaders that will offer staff support, rather than control, if they want to succeed at public service reform, according to a report.
The Government Digital Service is seeking business analysts to develop the identity assurance programme GOV.UK Verify and lead the 19 local authority pilots of the scheme.
The government should encourage councils to increase their use of data through a £4m fund to partner data scientists with councils and make data analysis a requirement of devolution deals, according to a report.
A TechUK survey has revealed that 94% of smaller companies don’t think civil servants understand how their services can help meet government needs.
James Stewart, the director of technical architecture at the Government Digital Service, has said that he will step down in January, after six years at the service.
The government has abandoned its plans to privatise the Land Registry, as the Open Data Institute pushes for more measures to ease the use of its data.
The first guidance on the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation will be published by the end of 2016, the UK’s data watchdog has said.
The network for digital staff in councils across the UK has announced plans to become a more formal organisation with a co-operative membership model and more clarity on its aims.
A lot has been promised to the public on city devolution and the price of failure is high. Eddie Copeland, director of government innovation at Nesta, argues that joining up data across those regions is one basic way to give the plans a fighting chance of success.
The chief executive of the body helping drive forward the NHS’s digital transformation is to step down in March 2017, after three years at the helm.
Could parliament’s move out of the 19th Century Palace of Westminster be used to embrace 21st Century technology? Rebecca Hill reports.
Local government risks being left behind on digital services if it focuses all its attention on digital inclusion, an event has heard.
The Department of Health is seeking a deputy director of digital and technology strategy to help create a digital first healthcare system.