Socitm Advisory Appointed to Help Birmingham City Council Improve their ICT

We are pleased to announce that Socitm Advisory has been appointed by Birmingham City Council (BCC) to provide additional capacity and capability into the Council’s Information, Technology and Digital Services Team, to support an extensive programme to deliver a major component of the ICT and Digital strategy.

This is a longer-term engagement following Socitm Advisory’s initial phases of work, which concluded at the end of May.

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Socitm Advisory Appointed to Help Birmingham City Council Improve their ICT

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

Modern Leadership

Andy Hopkirk, Head of Research, Socitm

There’s a kind of fin-de-siècle feel in the air at the moment socially, politically and technologically. So it’s all the more important, then, that our leadership is ‘strong and stable’? Well maybe…but just 42% of the UK electorate went for that line just recently; so, if not that, then what?

In recent years the question of what is right and good leadership for the times has loomed ever larger in Socitm conferences, reports, briefings and in 1-2-1 discussions with members. We all know that solving many of the pressing problems of demography, place and getting the right outcomes for local citizens and businesses has technological components; but we also know that these are not enough.

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Modern Leadership

Socitm’s David Hopkins becomes Milton Keynes mayor

Long-standing Socitm member David Hopkins has become mayor of Milton Keynes, after nearly 40 years in local government. Read more.

Councillor Hopkins attended his first Socitm conference in the late 1990s when working for telecoms company Mercury, getting involved with the organisation through Bob Griffith, former head of IT services at Northamptonshire County Council. He recently stepped down as secretary of Socitm’s East region.

As deputy mayor, Hopkins opened Socitm’s annual conference last year in Milton Keynes. In his welcome speech, Hopkins described Milton Keynes as the most successful of all the UK’s post-war new towns with a current population of 260,000 and a target of 400,000 by 2050, with ambitious plans to use technology in this expansion. “In Milton Keynes, MK Smart is a live deployment of multiple smart city applications, which are being collectively designed to make tangible improvements to public service delivery, business innovation and citizen engagement,” he told the event.

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Socitm’s David Hopkins becomes Milton Keynes mayor

New government needs to join things up

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By Martin Ferguson, Director of Policy and Research, Socitm

Even before the general election, this year has seen some parts of the country voting for change. For the first time, the 4th May saw voters in six combined authority areas of England electing ‘metro mayors’ with a brief to join up services.

Socitm believes the next government needs to accelerate digital thinking to improve the joining up of services. The new metro mayors may help achieve this, but many parts of the UK are working to generate place-based digital leadership through bringing together civil servants, councillors, chief executives and other senior managers for education and training.

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New government needs to join things up

Blockchain technology: could it transform digitally-enabled councils?

By Dr Andy Hopkirk, Socitm Head of Research

As the professional network for digital leaders in local public services, Socitm is at one with those that think there is great potential in blockchain technology, and perhaps even a step change on the road to a truly all-digital, open e-economy.

Blockchains underpin Bitcoin and other digital currencies, the first applications of the concept. These ‘digital crypto-currencies’ are viable alternatives to fiat paper money systems. They can operate without the need for a central bank or any other kind of single authoritative organisation to manage the money system and engender trust in it.

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Blockchain technology: could it transform digitally-enabled councils?