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News

29 July, 2014 - 15:26

We announce today the tasks that Socitm Insight has selected as the main topics for next year’s survey of the state of council websites. The Better connected team is now piloting these tasks and we expect that most will be confirmed for the final survey that starts on Sunday 26 October. The survey ends on Saturday 6 December and the report will be published as normally on Monday 2 March.

We will continue the practice introduced in 2013 of not listing councils that do not subscribe or have not pre-ordered their copy of the report by Friday 24 October.

24 July, 2014 - 17:05

The 'Citadel on the Move' project aims to create mobile apps that make cities a smarter place to live in. Would you like to participate in this survey and help test the apps and associated tools?

Find out more and complete the survey

Read about Citadel on the Move

21 July, 2014 - 10:40

Staffordshire County Council is the first local authority to sign up to our new Premium Partner Adapt2Digital’s service, which helps businesses navigate to a place where they can adapt to digital continuously. Adapt2Digital has an excellent track record within the private sector working with organisations like Disney. 

2 July, 2014 - 09:15

ICT managers undertaking new product and service developments should consider the Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM) says Socitm in a new briefing.

30 June, 2014 - 14:48

Every year, on the evening of the Socitm Spring Conference, we hold a dinner to introduce our new President and to raise funds for their chosen charity through an auction of items kindly donated by our private sector partners. This year's auction raised £1,000 for Nick Roberts' chosen charity Epilepsy Society.

23 June, 2014 - 13:41

The Cabinet Office and Government Digital Service has launched revised guidance for the above, aiming to make it simpler, clearer and faster for the user to understand the gov.uk conditions and to be able to apply for a domain. The guidance has been separated into two user journeys: one for central government, the other for local government, so that the specific needs of each area are covered.

17 June, 2014 - 09:06

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.

The idea, which has being receiving attention in social media recently may sound attractive says Socitm, in a press release issued on 16 June, but on closer inspection the single local government website concept is deeply flawed because:

6 June, 2014 - 09:51

Socitm has issued a strong rebuttal of press reports published by the BBC and Computer Weekly earlier this week, based on research by Bull compiled from FoI requests to county councils.

30 May, 2014 - 15:18

Greater awareness of the means and relatively low cost of mobile access to the internet, and more mobile-friendly digital public services could solve the UK’s problem with digital exclusion, says a new briefing from Socitm. 

Rapid growth of mobile: the long-term answer to digital exclusion? quotes ONS figures showing that the proportion of the population using the internet has quickened significantly in the past 12 months, with some of this growth likely to be down to new, mobile-only users.

27 May, 2014 - 09:23

Socitm recommends that ICT leaders should respond disruptive change in the ICT and public sector landscape by taking action now to transform their function into a ‘business information service’.