Category: General news

City of York Council initiative reaches the finals at the Guardian Public Service Awards 2018

by Pamela Cook   We are delighted that our client, City of York Council was commended so highly as a finalist at the Guardian Public Service Awards 2018 on Tuesday night. SingleView, their initiative designed to integrate the work of multiple teams involved with social care and vulnerable individuals, has been highly commended at The […]

HALF of UK police officers say they cannot trust their forces data

By Pamela Cook The Annual Police ICT User Survey has highlighted the unacceptable lack of system integration in the police, with roughly half of respondents saying that as a result, they cannot trust the data they rely upon. 82% of the nearly 4,000 officers from 48 forces felt their forces systems were not well integrated, […]

New Government plans will increase transparency of SME spend and improve visibility of contract opportunities online

by Pamela Cook Following on from the announcement of their supplier consultation to support fairer treatment of SMEs in the procurement process, the Government has yet again shown determination to support the SME community in gaining access to its contractual spend. They have now announced that from 1st May 2018, suppliers on contracts of over […]

Government supplier consultation spells good news for SMEs

by Pamela Cook I was delighted to see the news last week that the Minister for Implementation, Oliver Dowden, has not only listened to the blockers and challenges that the SME community face when working with the Government, but has been proactive in exploring the opportunities for both parties. I recently had a meeting with […]

SME champions make headway: government announces it has spent over £1bn working with SMEs

by Pamela Cook   It was in the news this week that the government has spent over £1bn since 2012 working with SMEs to develop and deliver their cloud and digital services. This is nearly half of the total spend: roughly £1.39 in every £3 of the government’s spending in this area has gone to […]

DECODE project hands the power of data back to the people

by Pamela Cook   I noticed an article on Public Technology last week about the new European DECODE project. This project utilises blockchain tools to give people control and ownership over their own online data. The aim of the project is to get people more involved in the data that is held about them and […]

Gaining public trust in data sharing is about more than terminology

Changing how we label those who hold data won’t generate public trust. Data quality and transparency will. by Pamela Cook   I recently saw an article published on the Public Technology website that addressed a key issue in the world of data sharing: public trust. With trust comes consent and without it, data cannot be […]

Council acknowledges the importance of a single citizen view – by Pamela Cook

It was refreshing to see in a recent article on PublicTechnology.net that Cornwall Council acknowledges the importance of creating a single citizen view in order to move closer to fully supporting their citizens and enabling a more satisfying citizen experience. Whilst Cornwall Council has had a less than straightforward experience with its outsourcing partner BT, an […]

Give data sharing partnerships a chance – by Pamela Cook

I was drawn to an article today on PublicTechnology.net, on the topic of ‘NAO: ‘Confusing’ data-sharing rules are a major barrier to health and care integration‘. The issues here are in common across many data sharing initiatives, such as safeguarding and the identification of our society’s most vulnerable citizens. However, what the article has not […]

Being part of the new Government Advisory Panel for SME lending – by Pamela Cook

The inaugural meeting of the new SME advisory Panel to Cabinet Office was a breath of fresh air and I am certain it will lead to significant change, challenge and positive outcomes for the £1 in every £3 spend going to an SME – both directly and indirectly. It was great to meet with the […]