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Viewpoint: Building the smarter state

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…

England & Wales Blog Post Blog
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repairmystuff.ie: Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards Winner

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.

Ireland Briefing
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GPS technology and dementia

This paper covers some of the complex legal and ethical issues of using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) enabled devices to help people living with dementia to get out and about. It is relevant to officers and elected members dealing with adult social services.

Scotland Briefing
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Virtual Schools and the quality of education – research evidence

There are implications for learning styles, whole school organisation, and the funding of education with the increasing use of information technology in schools. This report looks at research done by the National Education Policy Centre into the educational effectiveness of virtual and blended schools.

Global, Scotland Briefing

Viewpoint: Our year with the robot

Cllr Liaquat Ali MBE from LGiU member Waltham Forest Council reviews the difference that a specially designed chatbot has made to how the council responds to residents neighbourhood concerns.

England & Wales Blog Post Blog

Digitising the Public Sector – Efficiency through Technology

Denmark is world leader in digitising the public sector and ranked first in UN’s E-Government Development Index. Visionary policy decisions has led to that development, but a digital public sector is more than a channel shift and to achieve real efficiency, you need to reconfigure the workflows in the public sector by intelligent use of…

Scotland Event

Global lessons in local government

Increasingly at LGiU we have been looking at what is happening in local government internationally. Of course one size never fits all but Janet Sillett finds common challenges, common themes and innovation that can be adapted when we cast our eyes beyond the horizon.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Blog Post Blog

Better comms for better democracy

Democracy is difficult in the best of times, but when the polity is questioning governance, decision-making and accountability it becomes even harder. Local authorities have responsibility for running elections and by and large do an excellent job of managing registration, balloting and counting. But more could be done to make our democracy better by taking…

England & Wales Blog Post Blog

Getting excited about better elections

It’s that time of year again! Our friends at Democracy Club are getting excited about local elections taking place for thousands of councillor positions across England and Northern Ireland this May. In this guest post, Joe Mitchell tells us what they’re getting so excited about.  At Democracy Club we’re thinking about how to bring democracy…

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