Press releases

24 April, 2015 - 14:14

Socitm, the association of IT and digital professionals working in and for public services, has confirmed Nadira Hussain, One Oracle Programme Manager at oneSource, the shared service created by the London Boroughs of Newham and Havering, as its new President.

Confirmation of her Presidency took place at Socitm’s Spring Conference in London on April 23.

Nadira has both private sector and extensive public sector experience and has worked in numerous roles both at the operational and strategic level within the ICT service and the business.

24 April, 2015 - 10:12

The extent of progress towards the ‘digital council’ – certainly a part of the answer to challenges facing local government – is set out in a new briefing from public services ICT association Socitm.

Towards the digital council: progress report, aimed at top management in local authorities, looks at key aspects of digital progress, including the performance of council websites, access to services from mobiles, engagement with stakeholders via customer accounts and social media, and approaches to digital strategy and management.

14 April, 2015 - 10:49

Dedicated Socitm ‘Network’ on Knowledge Hub to enhance member engagement

31 March, 2015 - 14:03

Against a backdrop of more, possibly greater, budget cuts for local public services, Socitm's Spring Conference will explore the role of ‘digital’ in the way local authorities, the NHS, and third sector bodies respond. 

The programme reflects continuing debates about how the ‘how’ and ’why’ of local digital services. 

30 March, 2015 - 10:09

What is the role of the ICT function in supporting an approach to delivering local public services that is focused on managing demand, rather that reducing supply in response to cuts in funding?

Demand management: a role for the ICT function? provides a response from an ICT management perspective to Insights – changing local services, the recent report by SOLACE on demand management.

27 February, 2015 - 10:39

Survey report highlights links between current approaches to digital governance and management and slow pace of progress.

Brighton & Hove leader Jason Kitcat has added his voice to those calling for a Local Government Digital Service. 

26 January, 2015 - 13:34


Socitm, the association for IT and digital professionals working in local public services, has published a guide showing how information and technology will support ongoing reforms to the health and social care system.

26 January, 2015 - 13:27

Socitm welcomes Policy Exchange report into smarter use of technology for local public service delivery - if not its harsh judgement on local authority performance

Socitm welcomes the latest Policy Exchange report into smarter use of technology and has contributed to the research.  The report makes many sound recommendations although it is unfortunate that it emphasises most the weakest area of research - the basis of recommendation 8 - that makes bold assumptions about local government’s poor performance in making efficiency savings and moving to a more collaborative model.

7 January, 2015 - 10:25

Is digital is fundamentally different from IT, or is it nothing more than a wrapper to be applied around some existing IT services.

This question is examined in the latest briefing from Socitm, which concludes that while there is distance between IT and digital, the fact is that both ‘sail in the same sea’ and are inextricably interconnected.

Between digital and IT: is there clear blue water? begins by highlighting discussion of ‘digital’ in two recent reports on the future of local public services.

8 December, 2014 - 13:43

Socitm, the professional association for IT and digital leaders in local authorities, has launched a new survey to enable sharing of data about the governance and management of websites in local authorities.