By Cllr Julian Thompson-Hill, Denbighshire's cabinet lead member for finance

Local government is innovating, but can it learn more from the private sector? Andrew Lawson, UK managing director of Salesforce takes a look.

An estimated 10,000 children in the UK are privately fostered but local authorities are aware of only around 20 per cent of arrangements, leaving potentially highly vulnerable children invisible to social services.

Reaction to the Summer Budget from local government and beyond.

Data will be crucial to the better running of modern public services but many councils are not yet taking full advantage of the assets they hold. Simon Parker, director of the New Local Government Network, says those that fail to understand and harness the power of data risk making themselves irrelevant.

The UK is a world leader in the use of open data to inform policymaking. A new Roadmap from the Open Data Institute aims to build on this success to make the next great strides in data mining.

Geoff Trickey, managing director at Psychological Consultancy, offers a psychometric analysis of personality in the public sector.

Kush Parikh, president of PayByPhone, looks at the importance of mobile digital services.

Malcolm Johnson of London law firm BL Claims Solicitors, part of Blake Morgan, examines the key points of the Care Act. 

Councils aren't short of challenges at the moment, but rising to the digital challenge is an opportunity they can't afford to ignore, both to make financial savings and to stay relevant in a digital age, says PwC's Jonathan House.

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