Socitm and LCIOC make great strides in advancing the governments transformation agenda

Medical equipment next to keyboard, illustrates the NHS National Information Board for Paperless 2020 programme.

Socitm has made great strides in advancing the Government’s public service transformation agenda through the work of the Local Public Service CIO Council (LCIOC).

The LCIOC was set up by Socitm in 2008 to represent the interests of local government into national government (then represented by the Chief Information Officer Council and since by the Government Digital Service). The Chair of LCIOC is Dylan Roberts, Chief Digital and Information Officer, City of Leeds and the Vice Chair is, Noelle Godfrey, Programme Director and Head of Digital Infrastructure, Cambridge County Council.

The Council meet four times a year to review where local government can support or challenge the public service transformation agenda, to discuss issues relevant to local government service re-design and transformation, and to better represent local government issues into national policy and delivery forums.

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Local CIO Council calls for more involvement with Warps

By SA Mathieson, editor of Socitm In Our View magazine

Socitm members should increase their engagement with Warp security groups, according to speakers at the Local Public Service CIO Council (LCIOC) on 28th June.

During a discussion on cyber security, held at the Connected Local Government Live event* in Birmingham, council members recommended that each local authority’s IT security staff should be engaged with a warning, advice and reporting point group to share experiences. This was particularly important given the Wannacry ransomware attack on the NHS in May and a new wave of cyber attacks hitting organisations worldwide as the meeting took place.

Socitm is a founding member of the Local Government Cybersecurity Stakeholder Group, which also involves the Local Government Association, Solace, Adass and the National Cyber Security Centre. The group’s most recent meeting discussed how to improve responses to incidents, with building regional capacity seen as one way to achieve this.

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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.

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

LCIOC latest: GDS, Verify, NHS digital services

By SA Mathieson, freelance analyst, journalist and editor of Socitm In Our View magazine

The Government Digital Service (GDS) is extending its local work by running pilots with local services using GOV.UK Verify, as well as conducting research into how to better support local service delivery. This was the message to the Local CIO Council (LCIOC) at its 16 March meeting in London.

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LCIOC latest: GDS, Verify, NHS digital services

Local CIO Council: local authorities should join up public sector security

By SA Mathieson, freelance analyst, journalist and editor of Socitm In Our View magazine

Local authorities should get on with securing the UK’s public sector IT rather than waiting for central government, according to speakers at the Local Public Service CIO Council (LCIOC) on 8 December in London.

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Local CIO Council: local authorities should join up public sector security