News

2 March, 2015 - 12:04

The 2015 edition of Better connected, Socitm's annual report on local authority web and digital performance is published today.

As well as the results of the longstanding survey of the quality of website content and usability, the 2015 report includes information about councils’ web governance and management practices.

23 February, 2015 - 09:49

Better connected 2015 publishes for the first time information about websites that have been redesigned in 2014 up to the date of our latest review since the last survey, and uses data from the main survey to evaluate the effectiveness of those redesigns.

Data about such sites - 63 in total - was gathered by former council web manager Kevin Jump, who provides commentary in the report on trends in local authority web design based on his appraisal of these sites.

17 February, 2015 - 11:08

Data collected for Better connected 2015 shows that websites that are accessible for disabled people also perform better for all visitors.

176 councils (43%) are rated satisfactory for accessibility by Better connected 2015. Their performance in the main survey was then compared to that of the less accessible councils (57%). 

10 February, 2015 - 08:53

For the first time in 2015, the Better connected report, to be published on 2 March, includes information about how local authorities manage their web and digital activities, and the impact that this has on performance as assessed in Better connected 2015.

164 councils (40% of the UK total) responded to the survey, including nearly 50% of county councils and single tier councils and 66% of Scottish councils.

6 February, 2015 - 10:07

Your new edition of Socitm's magazine for members is now available to download in a choice of formats and includes stimulating articles on public sector knowledge sharing in Singapore, federated security, an interview with Leeds City Council's Ralph McNally and news from Socitm President Nick Roberts.

Enjoy the magazine. And do tell us your view on In Our View.

Get your Winter 2015 In Our View

3 February, 2015 - 13:26

Local authority websites could do a lot better when it comes to presenting information about local democratic representation, says the first trailer in a series to be published ahead of the main Better connected 2015 report on 2 March.

27 January, 2015 - 14:26
New for 2015 – survey of web management

It’s that time of year again!

This is the first in a series of weekly news items in the run up to publication of Better connected 2015 on 2 March, in which we will highlight some of the report’s features.

26 January, 2015 - 13:35

Socitm has published a new guide to the information and technology challenges and opportunities arising from recent and forthcoming changes in health and social care.

'Redesigning health and social care' is a 22-page document written for senior policy and decision-makers across these and related sectors. It provides a high-level, illustrated guide to recent and forthcoming reforms, including the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and the Care Act 2014, and sets out some of the consequences, especially for IT and digital policy and activity.

26 January, 2015 - 13:26

Socitm welcomes the latest Policy Exchange report into smarter use of technology and has contributed to the research.  The report makes many sound recommendations, however it is unfortunate that it emphasises most the weakest area of research that makes bold assumptions about local government’s poor performance in making efficiency savings and moving to a more collaborative model.

13 January, 2015 - 11:42

Our new bi-monthly update - Socitm Highlights - is an easy-to-view and downloadable presentation, which will provide you with a two-minute overview of current/new Socitm initiatives, events, news, projects, publications and services. The presentation is delivered to Socitm members and their guests at our regional networking meetings, where Socitm staff members are always present to answer questions and engage in further discussion.