Archive for the ‘Council websites’ Category

Smartphone ‘Apps’ for Local Authorities – The EGB Masterclass

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Most councils are now developing or looking to develop smartphone ‘apps’ to complement some of their web information and services. But what is the best way to go about it? This issue, we ask Lichfield District council webmaster and techie blogger Stuart Harrison – pictured above ( ) – for the secrets behind his […]

Council To Include Small Companies In Web Work

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Bristol City Council is to invite smaller companies to bid for specialist development and technical work on its new website, in an attempt to broaden the range of firms it engages. The council is developing a framework for specific tasks on the new site, ahead of an invitation to tender. “The difference here is that […]

Victory for YouTube Councillor at Appeal Tribunal

Monday, November 8th, 2010

A Brighton and Hove City Councillor facing a six-month suspension after posting clips of publicly available council meetings on the internet has been cleared by a national local government standards tribunal. At a hearing last week, the tribunal rejected the findings of the council’s own standards committee that Green Party Councillor Jason Kitcat had breached […]

Socitm 2010: Into The Cloud

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

By Dan Jellinek With the darkening cloud of impending spending cuts looming large over this year’s public sector Society of IT Management annual conference in Brighton this month, several speakers looked to another, more attractive form of cloud for salvation. The government’s ‘G-Cloud’ project – cloud computing for the public sector, expected to open for […]

Conference Report: Open Value

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

By Tristan Parker. Open data – the release of raw data held by an organisation for public use – has become a buzzword in public sector IT circles in recent years. The reason for this is clear, says Keiron Mumby, account manager for web software specialists Jadu. Local authorities are well-placed to be at the […]

ICT Should Be Protected From Cuts, Managers Warn.

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Information and communications technology (ICT) should be protected from the heavy cuts being made currently across the public sector as it can play a critical role in delivering the efficiency savings required of local authorities elsewhere, according to a new report from the Society of IT Management (Socitm). The report, ‘Tomorrow’s public services: some stories […]

Tribunal Appeal Set for Councillor Posting YouTube Meeting Clips

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

A Brighton and Hove city councillor who has posted publicly-available clips of council meetings onto video-sharing website YouTube has been temporarily saved from suspension by a national tribunal. A complaint against Jason Kitcat, a Green Party councillor for Regency Ward in Brighton and Hove, was filed last year to the council’s standards committee by a […]

Councils Must Embrace Social Media, Analysts Urge

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Local authorities must embrace social media to “take information to where people are” online and not rely on people coming to their official websites, delegates heard at Building Perfect Council Websites ’10, the annual conference co-hosted by E-Government Bulletin publisher Headstar and the public sector Society of IT Management (Socitm). Jane Postlethwaite, social media officer […]

Cost Pressures To Drive Citizen-Focused Web, Says Socitm President

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

The public sector must focus its energies on creating citizen-friendly websites to eliminate the overheads associated with traditional means of service delivery, President of the Society of IT Management (Socitm) Jos Creese told delegates at this year’s Building Perfect Council Websites conference in London. Financial pressures are growing for a speedy and significant change in […]

‘Hyperlocal’ Information ‘Invaluable For Local Authorities’

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

News and information websites run by and covering small sections of a community – termed ‘hyperlocal’ sites – offer “limitless” possibilities for improved council service delivery, one London borough web manager has told E-Government Bulletin. Liz Azyan, project co-ordinator for Camden Council’s website redesign project, said hyperlocal websites can help both the council-citizen engagement process, […]