Protecting the public this Christmas

Iain Moran looks at the importance of keeping the public safe during the festive period amidst times of heightened security

Changing the perception of parking

The British Parking Association looks at the local examples of where parking initiatives are delivering a service that is exceeding customer needs

Government remains firm on SME spend target

Emma Jones, SME Crown Representative, outlines the work underway to ensure government spend with SMEs keeps rising

Considering the retrofitting of sprinklers in high-rise stock

The British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association looks at the accredited bodies that operate certification schemes for sprinkler installations

Becoming a ULEV-friendly city

Sally Longford explains how Nottingham City Council is exploring a transport agenda to improve air quality in the region

Whitechapel fatburg after vacuumation hose

On behalf of the Water Jetting Association, Richard Leigh looks at the use of water jetting systems in cleaning and maintaining water works

GDPR - Key points for local and central government

Julie Nixon and Melanie Schwindt discuss GDPR and offer key recommendations to ensure UK companies are prepared come May next year

Funding, county economics and the need for resources

Cllr Philip Atkins explains why the upcoming Budget is an opportunity to empower counties to boost economic growth

A new approach to litter and flytipping

Iain Gulland reflects upon the importance of the Litter Prevention Action Plan and how council action can make a difference for the environment

Tackling the Greater South East’s housing crisis

Anthony Breach explains why policy makers need to be braver in addressing the current housing crisis and build on the green belt

Natural flood management in the Stroud Valleys

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Chris Uttley discusses the Stroud Valleys Rural Sustainable Drainage Partnership Project

£2.6bn spend on IT for public sector

Dan Saxby explains what has enabled the current sea change in government technology spend - and what the future might hold

Setting the record straight on GDPR

Victoria Cetinkaya, from the Information Commissioner’s Office, looks at the main aims and principles of GDPR and dispels some of the recent misconceptions

Adopting a ‘transparency manifesto’

Louisa Dean, of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, looks at the benefits of creating a touchless digital council

Lighting up city streets with ‘Smart City’ technology

Several UK cities are looking to initiate smart projects and developments to improve the efficiency of local services, enhance sustainability and develop their competitiveness. Ian Tyrer and Chris Wilkinson explain why

Christmas trees - getting value for money

The BCTGA look at the supply of Christmas trees in the UK and the importance for authorities of sourcing them locally

Making the most of G-Cloud

Jake Madders, co-founder and director of Hyve Managed Hosting, outlines some crib sheet questions to ask every cloud provider

Credit: Fraser Cameron Photography

Ruth Fisher discusses the Christmas infrastructure across Scotland’s capital city centre, looking at the successes of the event

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