This shorter issue of Socitm’s membership magazine covers the Share Scotland event held on 18 November. It includes Jackie Weaver on why local councils should be allowed to continue to use virtual meetings, the Scottish Government’s digital director Geoff Huggins on its plans to use thousands of devices distributed to citizens, how to avoid ‘horrible … Read more
As Cardiff Council’s citizen-facing digital channels continue to go from strength to strength, Chris Lloyd, ICT Operational Manager for Enterprise Systems & Data, reflects on the integration strategy that underpins their success, the development and adoption of their app, the value that they have generated and what they have learnt so far.
This briefing is for anyone who has an interest in harnessing data generated by local public service organisations to support place-based policy design and decision-making. You might be in a new job with responsibility for handling data, an experienced manager just coming into your organisation, or just starting out. It’s a checklist for the wise, … Read more
There are 1.1 million people in the UK who have taken time out of employment for caring responsibilities and want to return to paid work. The great majority are women, who are under-represented across the ICT profession. Socitm has worked with the Local Government Association and Government Equalities Office to set up the Return to … Read more
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought inequalities in societies around the world into sharper focus, including their access to digital technologies. Despite public sector efforts, such as providing schoolchildren with hardware, in general those who most needed support during the pandemic were those least-equipped to do so digitally. This report aims to provide guidance on how … Read more
Across the UK, local authorities are leading place-based, post-Covid strategic recovery. Socitm, working with its international, academic and business partners has identified examples of emerging place-based recovery planning that are actively supporting local and community regeneration through the key ethical change outcomes.
Across the UK, local authorities are leading place-based post covid strategic recovery. Socitm drawing on the emerging picture of place-based recovery strategies has identified following four key “what works” strands of place-based recovery…
In the wake of unprecedented challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, local authorities are leading place-based, strategic recovery. This policy briefing draws on the emerging picture from over 200 local authority recovery and resilience strategies to identify four common “pillars” for place-based recovery. Taking these pillars as a starting point, the briefing takes readers through … Read more
The collective strength and adaptability of Socitm’s members is reflected in the activities highlighted in our 2020 Annual Report. In a year like no other, we have experienced continuing membership development and growth, an expanding portfolio of leadership, development and research services, and remarkable financial stability and growth, all supported by an increasing profile and … Read more
Covid-19 has speeded the adoption of digital technologies by several years and many of these changes could be there for the long haul. We are literally jumping into the future. This report of the proceedings from our recent international LOLA Conference features some great examples of the innovations and approaches that councils are taking around … Read more
2020 has been a pivotal point in digital development and cultures in the public sector, including a more open attitude towards risk, sharing and collaboration. It has also created a truly exciting possibility – a genuine digital culture in organisations as the basis for purposeful IT investment from 2021 onwards.
This Socitm Policy briefing offers insights into understanding the digital ethics agenda, principles, standards, tools and guidance. All of which inform the five-core attributes of ethical practice – Beneficence, Non-Maleficence, Autonomy, Justice and Explicability which the guide outlines in more detail.