How can local authorities use technology and data to deliver better public services and harness social media for better interaction with citizens?


Is the deluge of data good for government?

This article was first published by Total Politics. Open data is becoming big news and, potentially, big business. Policy wonks and digital democracy campaigners have for years expounded its virtues in a variety of conferences, hack events and gov camps. It’s seen as a driver both of accountability and of public service innovation, but has…

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“The world of information – how it’s created, who creates it, how it’s shared and distributed – is changing immensely fast,”‘ writes Alan Rusbridger oin last Thursday’s Guardian to promote the newspaper’s “open” approach to journalism Being “open”, Rusbridger believes, “leads to better journalism, more diversity and a much bigger audience” What’s true in the…

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Supporting People – Sitra launches data collection framework

Sitra has long been at the forefront of raising the profile of housing related support services, and following a consultation last year, is now beginning some new work that will make it easier for councils to measure the impact of these services. In October 2011, the LGiU launched a report entitled ‘Promoting Independence’ in partnership…

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Twitter UK to present at the Lambeth Social

  *NEW SPEAKER ADDED* We are very pleased to announce that Ruby Sharma from Twitter UK will be running a ‘getting to know Twitter’ session at the Lambeth Social. This will give some background to how twitter works, it’s reach and growth. There will also be time for some Q&As too. As part of Social Media Week, LGiU…

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How we’re changing our member briefings, and why

This blog post is aimed at councillors and officers in LGiU member councils who receive our briefings service.     Each year we do a members survey and you consistently say our briefings are excellent, value for money, and help you do your job. In our 2011 survey we asked for your thoughts on improving…

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Local government must lead the drive to expand superfast broadband connectivity throughout the UK

This article was first published in the PPP Journal. Thanks to Chris Conder for some of the initial inspiration. Towards the end of last year, Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, launched Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) – a £530m initiative aimed at supporting universal internet coverage through community involvement and…

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How will the web change social action on a local level?

This guest post from Luke Bozier is part of the Civil Society Innovation Network series  Regardless of how much stick the Big Society has gotten over time, there is a vibrant, buzzing, healthy social/community action ecosystem in Britain today. There are loads of innovative, interesting social enterprises working on a local level around the country,…

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Results of our winter communications survey

Councillors, officers and members of the public took part in an informal poll over the last 10 days in a bid to establish which digital communication channels are the most effective during special and specific situations e.g. school closures due to snow. The exact question was; It’s now December and icy roads, closed schools and…

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Take part in our winter comms survey

  It’s now December and icy roads, closed schools and uncollected bins tend to dominate local government over the coming months. Residents rush to council websites seeking to report problems and find information. Increasingly, there is an expectation for this data to be real time. So what should councils be doing? Take part in LGiU’s…

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