Press releases

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.

2 December, 2014 - 10:43

Socitm, the association for IT and digital leaders in local public services, welcomes Labour’s Digital Government Review that highlights a number of the key themes also articulated in Socitm’s recent Policy Briefing Digital: Vision to Value.

In particular, Socitm is pleased to see a clear focus on putting people at the centre of realising the opportunities presented by digital, noting that the Review refers to ‘digital designed for people and communities, not digital for government’ and says that ‘We must put people in control’ and ‘We must design digital for everyone’.

26 November, 2014 - 13:50

Determinded efforts by public sector organisations to share sometimes sensitive data are delivering rewards in the form of better outcomes for citizens and improved efficiency and effectiveness for organisations.


3 November, 2014 - 10:02

It is website users that decide if the experience of using a website – for example a council website - is good, and if it is not, they will not use it.

This is the key message in The design of the online user experience: more to this than meets the eye the new briefing from Socitm.

27 October, 2014 - 09:21

Integrating third party software that manages things people want to do on council websites, like renew library books or pay a parking fines, continues to cause problems with usability says Socitm.

To discuss the issue and share ways of improving things, Socitm has developed a new, dedicated one-day event that will run for the first time in London on 27 November.

24 October, 2014 - 16:02
  • Digital Engagement - Sander Kristel, CIO Staffordshire County Council  
  • Innovation - Kent Connects: Transformed by You 
  • Website - Surrey County Council
  • Supplier – Verisec (Highly Commended - Arcus Global)
  • Research - Dan Blundell, LGSS
  • Member - Ralph McNally, Leeds City Council

Socitm has announced its Awards winners for 2014 at a ceremony held during its Annual Conference in Manchester 21-22 October.