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Newsletter: Taking in the election results

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While we all take in the General Election results, we want to thank you for your hard work and time in administering this democratic function. It’s a challenging process but we’ve seen the phenomenal work from members over the past six weeks. 

Collaboration and passionate engagement with your places and across the local government community will support the good work we at Socitm see all the time. 

The theme of this year’s President’s Conference, ‘people make places’ holds true. And we stand with you as the transformation, evolution and refinement of local public services keeps on going. 

Top 3 interesting and useful things for you this week:

  1. We greatly value your input and invite you to participate in a quick survey on AI. Check your newsletter email for the survey link.
    The aim is to find impact cases for AI@Socitm and assist our collaboration with the University of Cambridge‘s project on ethical uses of AI in local government.
  2. Free, modular Change Agent training with Microsoft returns in September. Register now for the 6 weekly sessions starting on Thursday 12 September.
    This course is free for local government staff as it is funded by Microsoft. Please ensure you can attend when signing up and if things change let our team know, and we’ll make the place available again.
  3. Weekly webinars returned last week. In this mini season (before their summer break) you can learn how to:

Take care. I hope you’re able to have a great weekend.

Best wishes,

Alex.

Illustration of a woman reading an oversized book, entitled, 'Local gov's big book of ideas'.

In Your Resource Hub

NEW Connected Places: Energy and environmental sustainability

Foster awareness and education about sustainable practices to empower residents to make informed choices to minimise their ecological impact and promote individual and community resilience.

NEW impact case in AI@Socitm

From Aberdeen City Council: AB-1 handles queries on refuse collection, school term dates and council tax.

Their helpful chatbot can now answer twice as many queries. Aberdeen became the first local authority in Scotland with a virtual assistant when it launched its AB-1 chatbot with Microsoft in 2020.

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Socitm Says

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AI could save 4 hours weekly of admin time

The potential uses of AI in the public sector are remarkably broad.

But one area of immediate and remarkable promise lies in reducing administrative burden for everyone – from office-based council staff to frontline social workers.

Harnessing the Power of AI for the Public Sector‘, featuring recent research from Goldsmiths, University of London (in collaboration with Microsoft) finds significant gains in efficiency are possible. Due to both the scale of the admin burden on workers and the time savings AI could deliver.

Leadership Academy Alumni 2023

Training

Empowering Women comes to Exeter for the first time this month!

Institute Director Sam Smith talks about its personal and professional impact.

How was your course? Tell us about it 🙂

Virtual workshops

In-person courses

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 the training team.

The title 'TechHer for Government Autumn 2024' is superimposed over a photo of the Houses of Parliament lit up at night. Underneath this photo is the sentence: Creating opportunities for women to learn and develop skills in technology.

TechHer is an initiative designed to inspire curiosity and excitement about technologies such as cloud, AI, data, low code/no code app creation and security.

The Teams sessions (1 hour per week over 5 weeks) are aimed at women without a technical background and are keen to gain confidence to learn more.

Connecting people and places

The two-day, in-person Placed-Based Leadership course refines your approach, so you can inspire people and places towards lasting change

This course is for leaders who want to stretch their thinking, grow their network and access valuable time-saving resources.”

Aidan Matthews, Socitm’s Learning Programme Manager

The group is intentionally kept small. This size gives you personalised support and an intimate learning environment, allowing for deep, meaningful discussions and the opportunity to form strong networks with fellow leaders.

National conference Sheffield 2024

Events

Member-only meetings

Meet people for catching-up, problem sharing (and solving) and great networking.

Free webinars and meetings hosted by Socitm

Free webinars and events hosted by partners and others

July

September

Missed a webinar? Past recordings are available to watch in the resource hub.

Webinars are open to anyone in the public sector, membership is not necessary, so please do share them with your network.

Come and say hello

  • Tuesday 24 September: DigiGov Expo [London]
    Join Nadira Hussain, President Mark Lumley and Sam Smith
    • Nadira is chairing the Citizen Experience stream. In which, at 15:25, Mark (Director of ICT and Digital at London Borough of Hounslow) is a panellist on Data-Driven Collaboration: Transforming governance through strategic partnerships and enhanced data sharing
    • Sam is a panellist in the GovICT stream at 15:10 for Driving Transformation through an Effective Strategy: The pillars needed to achieve success

VMware pricing: Understanding the impact

Crown Commercial Services (CCS) is currently negotiating an MOU with VMware that will dictate savings.

To ensure that local government needs and priorities are shaping this negotiation, the LGA is asking all affected customers to please participate in a call for views of council experiences.

The call for views shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes to complete

If you’d like more information, join the LGA and CCS from 14:00 to 15:00 on Tuesday 16 July. The session will focus on council experiences as well as sharing more information on VMware changes, routes to market and commercial guidance that’s available.

For more information, please email cyberanddigital@local.gov.uk

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

After the election campaign, enjoy (unless you’re a vegan or vegetarian) this palate-cleansing 13-minute podcast about a Big Duck… Check out the (safe for all dietary preferences) photos 🙂

Photo by Markus Winkler