Press releases

21 October, 2014 - 14:00

Socitm, the local public services digital and IT leaders’ association, has launched a policy briefing designed to inform debate in the run up to the next election on how local digital public services can best be delivered.

Digital: Vision to Value - embracing locally designed, digital public services was launched by Socitm President Nick Roberts on 21 October at the Socitm annual conference taking place at Old Trafford.

20 October, 2014 - 09:22

Hundreds of local authority IT professionals will gather Socitm's Annual Conference to hear the Government Digital Service’s Deputy Director spell out his views on digital transformation.

The two-day event, taking place at Old Trafford on 21st and 22nd October, will also feature speeches by Labour shadow minister Chi Onwurah and Digital Marketplace lead Tony Singleton. 

13 October, 2014 - 11:28

Workshops run from 24 October in: Birmingham – Blackpool – Durham – Exeter – Guildford – Leeds – London - Loughborough

Feedback from delegates at Socitm’s recent health and social care Summits in Leeds and London, captured through social media and online polling, is setting the agenda for eight Regional Workshops taking place from 24 October.

1 October, 2014 - 16:02

Major savings, and improved customer experience of transacting with government services, are in sight thanks to new work on identity assurance and particularly ‘attribute exchange’.

Identity assurance: enough on its own? a new briefing from Socitm, sets out the potential of adding to the mix ‘attribute exchange’, a means by which service providers can access information online about an individual’s ‘attributes’ – for example being disabled – that entitle them to a particular service they are applying for.

29 September, 2014 - 09:34

Birmingham – Blackpool – Cambridge – Durham – Exeter – Guildford – Leeds – London - Loughborough

Socitm is to deliver nine one day workshops across the UK this Autumn to disseminate learning about the information and technology implications of health and social care reforms that will come into effect from April next year.

The workshops will present learning from England’s fourteen Health and Social Care Pioneers and from elsewhere in the UK, ahead of the requirement for all authorities with social care responsibilities to implement:

1 September, 2014 - 11:08

A properly funded local digital service, and much empowered in-house digital teams, are much more likely to reduce waste and duplication and deliver a better online user experience, than a single website for local government.

This is the conclusion of 'Collaborating and sharing digital assets: towards a local government digital service?', the latest briefing from Socitm. The briefing is the second in a series, part one of which set out why trying to create a single local government website was not a sensible or achievable approach.

15 August, 2014 - 16:29
  • Summits to be held in Leeds 25 September and London 8 October
  • Regional workshops in November and December

The Society of IT Management, the professional association for IT and digital leaders in local public services, has been commissioned by the Department of Health to support local stakeholders in meeting the information and technology challenges posed by health and social care reform.

4 August, 2014 - 10:34

How can local government best tackle the much discussed inconsistency, waste and duplicated effort across its digital activity, asks Socitm in the first of a pair of new briefings, published in July (#67) and August (#68).

The briefings have been inspired by the ongoing debate sparked off in January by a blogpost calling for a single local government website to replace those run by the UK’s 433 local authorities. 

2 July, 2014 - 09:21

Socitm is urging public sector ICT managers undertaking new product and service developments to consider the Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM) as an approach that combines the best of Agile and PRINCE2.

17 June, 2014 - 09:05

The idea of creating a single LOCALGOV.UK site that brings together information and services for all local government users in the way that GOV.UK does for central government, is ill-conceived and should not be attempted, says Socitm, the professional association for IT and digital leaders working in local public services.

Although the idea sounds attractive, on closer inspection the single local government website concept is deeply flawed because: