A new ‘Catapult’ centre with £50m funding via the Technology Strategy Board is to be hosted in London with the aim of helping cities to become smarter and more forward thinking, business secretary Vince Cable has said.
March 18th, 2013

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According to a new post on the Government Digital Service website, they will be releasing a beta version of the Digital by Default Service Standard.

GDS releases beta version of Digital by Default Service Standard
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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt launched a library of health apps aimed to help citizens find trusted apps to help them manage their health.

Jeremy Hunt launches health apps library at Innovation Expo

Aberdeen City Council is launching cashless payment systems throughout the city allowing motorists to pay for parking using their phones.

Aberdeen citizens can pay for parking via mobile phones

The SABER project will be publishing guidelines next month to help regional authorities in the EU specify, procure and fund satellite broadband solutions.

SABER project to help EU regional authorities with satellite broadband solutions

As part of an ongoing process to streamline IT decision-making across central government, Stephen Kelly, the government’s COO, is scrapping the role of government CIO.

Government CIO role to be scrapped in IT governance structure review

Deputy Director at the Government Digital Service Tom Loosemore has written about the government’s ‘by default, no apps’ approach.

Apps are great but focus on ‘quality of the core web service’: GDS

Council leaders will be raising their concerns regarding superfast broadband roll out when they meet with Broadband Delivery UK chief executive Robert Sullivan at the LGA’s executive this week.

Council leaders to raise broadband concerns with BDUK chief

At the Liberal Democrats Spring conference in Brighton social media tools in political campaigning were discussed in a fringe meeting organised by Carshalton MP Tom Brake.

Lib Dems say social media should not replace networking

In light of the Health Secretary call for the NHS to go paperless by 2018, national director for patients and information on the NHS Commissioning Board has said that this must happen quickly.

Paperless NHS must be achieved quickly: Tim Kelsey

A recent poll of 139 unitary authorities across the country has revealed that 57.5% have taken up cloud computing.

More than half of major councils use cloud computing, reveals survey
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A Bristol City Council project to make available webcasts of all council meetings has come under scrutiny.

Bristol Council doesn’t need to air webcast of every council meeting, says Labour councillor

A joint broadband project between Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield and Barnsley councils has led to millions of pounds of liabilities owing to a lack of customer interest.

South Yorkshire broadband project faces challenges

The borough of Poole, Dorset, has reported an online sign-up rate of 45% to its garden waste collection service launched in March 2012.

Sign-up rate for Poole’s online waste collection service exceeds target

Socitm, the society for public sector ICT professionals, wants feedback to create Digital Insights.

Socitm wants help creating resource for digital public services

Dorset County Council’s broadband delivery team has chosen enterprise content collaboration platform Huddle to help it manage the project and communicate with suppliers.

Dorset County Council selects Huddle to manage broadband delivery
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