‘Tragedy in waiting’: Government slammed over potential six-month gap in emergency service communications
Plan to update emergency services communications network dealt another blow as scathing Public Accounts Committee report warns of “potentially catastrophic” impact on public safety
The government is planning to significantly boost spending on strengthening the resilience of the public services network this year, according to new figures.
Digital suppliers which are found to have deliberately lied to councils about their security status would be disqualified from the G-Cloud framework, according to self-certification rules to replace pan-government accreditation.
The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has appointed five suppliers to a framework allowing councils to access secure email services without needing to hold a separate tendering process.
Central Bedfordshire Council has joined Essex County Council’s ICT network under a nine-year contract.
Chi Onwurah MP, shadow Cabinet Office minister has been confirmed as keynote speaker at this year’s Socitm annual conference.
The government’s new Digital Marketplace procurement platform is set to launch within two weeks, the Government Digital Service has announced.
The government has appointed public sector ICT representative body Socitm to help spread best practice from councils and health bodies working together to implement social care reforms.
Jon Cook discusses how local authorities can keep employees mobile while still completing the accreditation process.
Attempting to create a single website for local government would be impractical and undermine localism, according to Socitm, the professional body for council ICT staff.
Local authorities will be able to host applications not suitable for cloud hosting via a new company being created by central government to provide data hosting services.
Nick Roberts, President of Socitm and IT Group Manager for Surrey County Council, explains the steps local government is taking to address outstanding key issues inhibiting the use of the Public Services Network (PSN).
Four local authorities are among 14 public sector organisations which have signed up for mobile voice and data services after a competition run by the Crown Commercial Service (CCS).
Calls for local government to form a single platform to provide web services have been backed by a right-leaning think tank.
A taskforce into digital skills established by Labour leader Ed Miliband is seeking views on how the UK can boost the ICT capabilities of employees.
The Cabinet Office is working up plans to replace the two main major Public Services Network frameworks to make them more accessible to local government and increase the number of suppliers.
The trade association for Public Services Network (PSN) suppliers is to pay for a consultant to support a new central resource to help local authorities deal with challenges related to the network.
Siobhan Coughlan, programme manager as part of productivity team at the Local Government Association, describes negotiations that led to the extension of support for Microsoft XP for public bodies, as well as PSN compliance.
The Cabinet Office has no plans to cut off local authorities from the Public Services Network, despite up to 20 failing to hit the deadline for compliance, according to senior officials.
Capita has bought IT network services provider Updata Infrastructure (UK) Limited for £80 million.
Moving to the Public Services Network is a “game changer” which could help councils save millions of pounds by hosting services on the Cloud, according to BT’s business development director for PSN.
Vodafone has launched a hybrid cloud capability allowing IL3-level data to be transferred, and which can be accessed by councils on a pay-as-you-go basis.