As drones move from disruption to disruptive technology, how can councils gain from unmanned aircraft? What savings can they make? What steps do they need to take to get their implementation right whilst maintaining public confidence and safety? And will they need to employ air traffic controllers?
This week we launched CoCare – the app and information portal for better care – at an extra care facility in Southwark. Find out how you can get involved.
Ever since the December General Election was announced, the Spatial Information Service (SIS) have been busy collating up-to-date data about each local authority’s Polling Districts and Polling Places. Simon Roberts, Data and Engagement Specialist at the Improvement Service, blogs about this work in Scotland and its importance.
In 2014, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Fingal County Council and the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftainship of Lesotho was signed in Maseru. The MOU provided for Fingal to support change, modernisation and reform of the Planning function in that country. The following briefing demonstrates the positive impact that a local authority can…
TellMeScotland, Scotland’s national public information notices portal which allows public notices to be published in a single online location, has started listing council surgeries. Alison Clark-Dick of the Improvement Service tells us a bit about the new service and how councillors can utilise it.
The UK government plans to improve mobile coverage in the countryside include proposals to “simplify planning rules” which some say will lead to the English countryside “being dotted with gigantic phone masts as high as Nelson’s Column” – but is this true?
The government recently announced plans to allow councillors to attend meetings by video link – for those on Combined Authorities or Joint Committees. The idea of remote attendance was first raised twelve years ago. Will the government follow through the recent consultation and should the consultation have gone further?
Georgina Maratheftis, Head of Programme – Local Public Services at TechUK writes about the Building the Smarter State Conference – free for the public sector to attend. TechUK and LGiU have also partnered on a series of roundtables on children’s services and technology. We are looking for additional public sector case studies for a forthcoming…
In the 11th instalment in our series of briefings exploring winning programmes from the 2018 Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards, we’re taking a look at the winner of the Joint Local Authority Initiative category, Monaghan County Council's directory repairmystuff.ie.