Investing in technology can bring significant savings, along with operational, environmental and community benefits, but with council budgets already stretched, how should it be financed? Chris Wilkinson, head of sales for healthcare and the public sector for Siemens Financial Services in the UK, makes the case for leasing over raiding the reserves.  

In the UK and around the world, Smart City initiatives are providing a blueprint for innovative new approaches to address the key urban challenges we face, says Upendra Dharmadhikary, vice-president at

In the face of tighter budgets and pressure to reduce the environmental impact of our public buildings, local government needs to start waking up to the potential of Building Information Modelling (BIM) when procuring construction services, says Alan Muse, director of built environment professional groups at RICS.

Delayed discharges from hospitals hit record levels this winter. Ewan King, director of business development and delivery at the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), says this is not just a problem for hospitals - and a new resource aims to help develop the community-based support and infrastructure needed for a whole-system approach to reducing delays.

A new report has called for a fundamental change in approaches to reviving high streets. Verity Waington, partner at law firm Bond Dickinson, one of the authors of the report, takes a look at Town Centre Investment Management.

As Hon. Lowell Goddard's independent inquiry into child sex abuse begins to investigate the role played by local authorities in historical abuse, Paula Jefferson, partner at insurance law specialist at BLM, discusses the potential impact on limited resources.

Gavan Egan, managing director of cloud services at Verizon Enterprise Solutions, looks at the key to cloud for the public sector.

Councils repair millions of potholes every year, yet the state of roads keeps deteriorating - and the damage they cause is rising. Can the situation be turned around?

The Government's Prevent Duty provides advice to local authority training providers to help prevent young people from being drawn into terrorism. Carole Loader, director at online quality improvement specialist Mesma, offers guidance on the areas to consider if the duty applies.

Organisational psychotherapist Joan Kingsley says senior staff in the public sector need to appreciate how fear may be ruling their organisations, affecting their teams and holding back new ideas and creativity.

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