Connected Local Government Live to cover cuts, smart places and Better Connected

Connected Local Government Live, a two-day successor to last year’s Better Connected Live event, will take place in Birmingham on 28 and 29 June.

Following their quarterly invitation-only meeting on 28 June, members of the Local CIO Council will be leading two special workshop events open to all delegates. Leeds City Council’s chief digital and information officer Dylan Roberts will chair a debate on the motion “This House believes that given the cuts to public services and in particular local government, councils have to focus their resources on delivering frontline services and outcomes rather than invest in better cyber security and IT.” Siobhan Coughlan, programme manager at the Local Government Association will speak in favour – while Socitm president and Norfolk County Council head of IMT Geoff Connell will oppose it.

In the second workshop, Socitm director of policy and research Martin Ferguson and Socitm associate Jos Creese together with an invited panel will discuss how ‘smart places’ can improve the quality of life for people and communities. This will showcase Socitm Insight’s Smart Places and Location Intelligence resources.

Connected Local Government Live includes a stream on Socitm’s Better Connected research programme, [] including the main findings from the current research and plans for the future. The research has moved from a single annual report to a rolling series of reviews while broadening its focus from just websites to consider the customer journey and successful outcomes.

The Better Connected stream includes specific workshops on accessibility, security, the role of data, social care and waste and recycling services. A different kind of recycling will also be covered – how local authorities can re-use content from national websites such as and The Government Digital Service will talk about its plans for making Verify identity authentication available to local authorities.

Socitm’s Better Connected awards and party will feature, recognising the best-performing sites for specific service areas, types of council and mobile access, navigation and accessibility.

Several events will reflect Socitm’s focus on diversity. A Women in IT meeting at the event will hear from former Socitm president Nadira Hussain, head of ICT at London borough of Enfield; Alison Hughes, assistant director for ICT Partnership for Bolton and Wigan councils; and Ruby Dixon, a consultant working with Socitm on research on women IT leaders.

Service experts will attend workshops run in collaboration with relevant groups, including the Society of Chief Librarians, social care association Adass and the Local Area Research and Intelligence Association.

Other streams will discuss issues including how councils can manage their low-level airspace for drone use and how autonomous vehicles could be used for deliveries. Companies selling to the local government and healthcare will have the opportunity to explain their innovations, through short pitches and follow-up discussions.

Connected Local Government Live is run by Socitm’s strategic partner, Boilerhouse Communications, which manages Socitm’s Better Connected research. Public sector delegates pay £195 for one day or £295 for both, while the charges for private sector delegates are £295 for one day or £495 for both.  Socitm members can save £25 by using ‘SocitmMember’ as a discount code.

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Connected Local Government Live to cover cuts, smart places and Better Connected

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