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Transforming for a digital future
What did you think when you read this report? Your colleagues here have been thinking about it this week and here’s how we feel:

While we welcome the direction of travel, the six missions are highly central government focused.

As a result, the ambition falls sadly short in creating a vision and roadmap for harnessing digital technology and data to improve the lives of people, and to enhance the wellbeing of communities and places….

The new roadmap fails to seize the opportunity to build on local public sector innovation and creativity...

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Make the most of Soctim – like Michelle Walker from Coventry

Networking, meeting, sharing, training, collaborating, mentoring, learning, reading, helping, writing and other verbs. Grab everything you can from your membership.

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Not sure where to start? Joining your next regional meeting is a good first step. And if there isn’t one in yours, sign into someone else’s! Your Socitm colleague in Canterbury might just the thing you’re doing in Cambridge.

Our annual alumni meeting

Networking isn’t for everyone. Ice breakers are not always easy and simple. So we’ve gamified them. And the game we’ve picked is bingo! When we see you on Thursday 7 December you can concentrate on completing your card and chatting about Christmas jumpers. Join us. There might even be a prize*.

No. There won’t be a prize. Just some brief acclaim. 🙂

Take care. I hope you can have a lovely weekend.


How are you using AI?

Against the backdrop of this week’s AI safety summit in Bletchley Park, here are our Top 3 reads and resources:

  1. AI: what local government should know
  2. For your experiments and implementations of AI, how have you adapted the usage policy template?
    It’s an open document. If you’ve added to or altered it in a way to better for you and your team tell us about it.
  3. With the LGA and Solace, we submitted written evidence to the House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee’s inquiry into the risks and opportunities presented by large language models.

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Improve UX with AI-driven tools

This week’s webinar was an exploration of streamlining.

Short on time? Skip to these highlights/chapters (with approx. timings):
07:06 What is the Government Accelerator?
14:12 Local Gov Accelerator Management Demo [plus
24:13 Managing Service Requests
25:26 GenAI Chatbot Solution Overview

Some reading: South Gloucestershire Council: Government Accelerator case study

Interested in AI? This workshop may be for you. And if you want to see the AI demo in more detail, please contact Michael Lonnon.

Next week, make sure you’re ready for Windows 11. It’s coming soon to a desktop near you.. Join everyone on Wednesday 8 November.

Watch this week’s webinar.


Read about the Leadership Academy experience of alumni annual meeting co-host Graeme Murrell – Top Talent graduate [Class of Manchester 2022]

How was your course? Tell us 🙂

November to December (CPD certified workshops)

Training places are included in your organisational membership – subject to availability and membership level. If you have any questions or would like further information, please email Sara Razon.

On completion of training, don’t forget to claim your CPD points.

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Socitm Advisory

ERP in ALBs: Is ‘do nothing’ still an option?

Many HR, finance, payroll and procurement systems currently in place in ALBs are quickly running out of contracted support or are not fit for purpose in a modern world.
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Are you making full use of your membership?

As part of your membership you can receive between 2 and 12 hours of FREE consultancy advice per year. To make use of your inclusive consultancy hours, get in touch or log in to My Account.
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Events from Socitm and our partners

Meet up with your Socitm colleagues for great networking opportunities.

Next few weeks or so…

Missed a webinar? Past recordings are available to watch in the resource hub. Also, make sure to check out our regional events. There’s a mix of online and in-person meetings, so please feel free to join any that are outside your area.

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Thank you for reading (or scrolling) this far! Just one more thing…

For spooooky Halloween, try the special Medieval Ghost Stories edition of You’re Dead To Me.