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Half of local authorities across the UK are unprepared to deal with a cyber attack: PwC Research

76% of UK CEOs are concerned about cyber threats

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Just over half (53%) of local authorities across the UK are prepared to deal with a cyber attack according to research by PwC.

While the latest PwC Global CEO survey found that 76% of UK CEOs are concerned about cyber threats, only […]

Public Sector Executives Countdown to 2020 … and the clock’s ticking

Mark Smith, CEO and Founder of Support Revolution

25 November 2015, is a memorable date for most Public Sector Executives, although not for the right reasons, writes Mark Smith, CEO of SAP and Oracle software support specialist Support Revolution.

Less than 18 months ago, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, set out […]

Lancashire Police appoint new Assistant Chief Constable

Terry Woods

Lancashire Constabulary has today appointed a new Assistant Chief Constable.

Terry Woods, currently Chief Superintendent at Lancashire Constabulary will take over from ACC Mark Bates when he retires this summer.

The appointment of ACC Woods comes just a month after Sunita Gamblin, formally a Chief Superintendent at Derbyshire, was recruited to replace […]

7BR sets sights on continued growth with the addition of five new barristers and a much strengthened specialist Public Law Team

Richard Clayton QC

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

7BR, the leading multi-disciplinary barristers’ chambers, recently announced significant additions to the Set with five new barristers and the appointment of a new Senior Clerk to the Criminal Law team.

Acclaimed Public Law Barrister Richard Clayton QC and Lee Parkhill have joined 7BR from 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, […]

Leading procurement advisers outline how changes to off-payroll taxes could give the public sector an opportunity to deliver better procurement practices all around

MD of Bloom, (Formerly Nepro Ltd) Rob Levene

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

There has been much debate about the serious impact changes to off-payroll tax rules (IR35) will have on the public sector and contractors alike. The MD of Bloom, (Formerly Nepro Ltd) Rob Levene, argues that the changes present the public sector with a […]

The Utility Week Live 2017 transformation leaders and technologies

For all utilities, transformation and flexibility are not optional as they face the challenges ahead: they are the key to survival.

Driving this change in culture are a number of people, whilst a number of key technologies will enable and shape the utilities’ transformation and increasing flexibility.

Utility Week Live 2017 has identified the 10 […]

Westminster City Council in joint venture to help public sector organisations

Simon Terry CEO at 4C Associates

Westminster City Council is partnering with International management and procurement consultancy, 4C Associates, to launch Symbiance, the first company of its kind dedicated to helping local and central Government, and public sector organisations make significant financial benefits.

Over the last three years, Westminster City Council’s procurement team has […]

Comment to GPSJ: Government Transformation Strategy

Chris Price, Director, Public Sector at Computacenter

Following the announcement of the Government Transformation Strategy today Chris Price, Director, Public Sector at Computacenter has told GPSJ:

“We welcome The Government Transformation Strategy announced today. This is an important step towards ensuring the UK Government remains a global leader in its approach to public service […]

Expert urges public sector bodies to act RIGHT NOW to alleviate chaos surrounding IR35 reforms

Dave Chaplin, CEO of ContractorCalculator

Public sector bodies may need to implement an emergency action plan to avoid losing vital skills warns Dave Chaplin, CEO of ContractorCalculator ahead of April’s IR35 reforms. The advice comes following HMRC’s guidance that invoices paid after 6 April 2017 for work carried out before that date will be […]

Local councils turn to cloud technology to more efficiently manage the booking and hosting of events

James Pegum, CEO of Priava

Priava, the leading cloud-based venue management software company, has announced that a growing number of local government organisations in both the UK and Australia are deploying its cloud-based venue management software to maximise event bookings, reduce costs and improve services to local residents.

Councils face unique challenges in managing […]

Top Deloitte Business Award for Me Learning

Me Learning directors celebrating their win

Online training expert, Me Learning, has been announced as one of the fastest growing technology companies in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA 2016. Featuring rising technology companies across the entire Europe, Middle East and Africa regions, the figures reveal Me Learning in a credible 360th position.

Rankings […]

Transformation and flexibility top themes for Utility Week Live

Transformation and flexibility are the two headline themes of Utility Week Live, which returns to the NEC in Birmingham on 23-24 May 2017 bigger and better than ever.

Today’s utilities need to rise to the challenges of changing models of consumption and competition, the demands of sustainability and extreme weather, and political and economic upheaval: […]

Flogas Britain launches specialist rural housing development team

David Taylor & Nicola Perry – Leading the Flogas Rural Housing Development

Flogas Britain, one of the UK’s leading liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) providers, has created a specialist Rural Housing Development Team, to further strengthen the support it gives to rural, off-grid housing developments.

The team’s core focus will be to help off-grid housing […]

Autumn Statement: Phillip Hammond says social care is a problem for the next parliament. But the crisis is now.

Matthew Wort

Following Philip Hammond’s first (and last) Autumn Statement yesterday, Matthew Wort, Health and Social Care expert and Partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP commented:

“Philip Hammond says social care is a problem for the next parliament, but the crisis is now.

What do you value more, your wi-fi or your relatives and […]