The Little Things
All posts from: March 2012
‘Going mobile’ is increasingly vaunted as a way for local authorities to deliver cost and efficiency savings while also improving frontline services. All well and good in theory, but how does an authority with no previous experience, go mobile? Here Oliver Waters, lead application developer at Bolton Council describes how his authority took the plunge.
In areas such as care, where so much should rest on understanding and responding to the customer as close to the point-of-care as possible, having intelligent mobile tools to support care workers is imperative. Ian Jones, Senior Development Manager, Gwynedd Council, explains how bilingual care delivery through mobile devices is playing a crucial role in transforming community social care
Austerity, cost savings, squeezed budgets, tough economic climate… these seem to be the buzz words of our times. But are we just paying lip service to them, or is there really more going on behind the scenes to help local authorities and the wider public sector deal with the challenges of making their money go further? Scape’s chief executive officer Mark Robinson offers his views on how a few small changes in the approach to procurement can make a real difference
Engaging with your community to estabilish priorities and present your council’s plan going forward can be difficult, with a lack of attention being paid to traditional documents. Shropshire Council’s chief executive, Kim Ryley, talks about how they are throwing away the rule book and putting together their new Council Plan
Reigate & Banstead BC is currently the only local authority in Surrey with its own youth-dedicated employment scheme. The council’s leader, Cllr Joan Spiers explains how their recession-busting youth employment scheme is giving young people a much needed foot on the work ladder and is encouraging local businesses to do the same