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The smart city concept is mostly concerned with the variety of ways in which the management of urban environments is assisted by information technology. A large part of the concept hinges on the potential for information technology not only to collect and process data but to transform it into intelligence and to integrate it across services. On 9 October 2013, the Government announced the creation of a Smart Cities Forum. Accompanying the announcement of the Smart Cities Forum was the publication of a background paper, summarised here. The paper sets out the Government’s ambitions for smart cities and how it hopes local government will help realise them. This briefing will be of interest to a wide range of officers and members in local government, but perhaps most particularly to those with an interest in corporate strategy, economic development, public health, transport, planning, and environmental sustainability. As the EU is rapidly developing its own policies for smart cities, there is also an interest in the potential for EU finding.
A White Paper on Social Media in Local Government considers what holds back senior council managers and staff from using social media more extensively, and looks at how West Midlands councils have used them to connect with the public, and “open up traditional public sector silos”.
This new guide brings together and updates a series of LGiU briefings on whole-place community budgets. The guide sets out the progress to date with further commentary and analysis. The briefings were written by LGiU associate, David Marlow, with additional material from Janet Sillett, the editor of our essential guides.
- In late May 2013 NHS England announced the establishment and licensing of fifteen Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) for a five year period.
- AHSNs are established to catalyse the identification, adoption and spread of innovation throughout the NHS, but also, for the first time in a NHS body, are explicitly asked to contribute to wealth creation and economic growth.
- This briefing looks at the genesis and configuration of AHSNs throughout England, and their potential involvement in local policies and programmes.
- Local authorities – especially members and officers responsible for health and social services interfaces, public health, and those on Health and Wellbeing Boards – should be aware of the operations of (normally one but occasionally more than one) AHSNs in their area.
- Members and officers involved in economic growth and with their LEPs may wish to engage AHSN in dialogue about their priorities for wealth creation, and seek to align that with wider local economic priorities and investments.
Nick Wilson, UK Managing Director of Hewlett Packard, talks to LGiU about the importance of digital innovation in transforming the way local authorities deliver services.
This briefing on Whole Area and Community Budgets:
- describes the genesis of the community budget pilots,
- reviews the progress to date
- considers a number of major themes that are emerging from this work that will have huge significance for the future of local government as we approach the next spending review (expected 2015), almost regardless of the outcome of the specific pilots.
This briefing will be of interest to senior politicians, officials and our partners across the local government ‘family’, as well as specifically for policy officers involved in troubled families, partnership and neighbourhood working/collaborations. It is intended to revisit this issue with an additional briefing when the four whole area pilot business cases are released (expected October 31st), and in the aftermath of any Government response in the Autumn Statement (expected December 6th).
This is the final of three blogs on the first event of our new Civil Society Innovation Network. Part 1 included videos from Lord Adebowale from Turning Point. The second post focused on the Ministerial address by Andrew Stunell MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary …
This is the second blog of three on the first event of our new Civil Society Innovation Network. Part 1 included videos from Lord Adebowale from Turning Point. This second post focuses on the Ministerial address by Andrew Stunell MP, Parliamentary …
This is the first blog of three on the first event of our new Civil Society Innovation Network. Part 2 will focus on the Ministerial address by Andrew Stunell MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State. The first session of the Civil …
It is a long while since the term, ‘The Big Society’ first graced the pages of our blog. Since then many councils have wholeheartedly embraced the Big Society concept; others have been more tentative in taking on the terminology. But …