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Midland Metropolitan medics to cycle and car-share to work

Birmingham’s new Midland Metropolitan hospital will discourage staff from driving alone to work through 50 parking spaces exclusively for car-sharers, a dedicated bus lane and space for at least 288 bicycles. ...Read more

New rules to raise housing standards present challenges and opportunities for HMO landlords and local authorities

England’s private rented sector comprises 4.4 million households around half a million of these are houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) including buildings split into separate bedsits and shared flats. In the first of three articles on local authority licensing, Idox’s James Carson looks at forthcoming changes to licensing regulations for houses in multiple occupation and the inevitable rise in the number of applications submitted to councils....Read more

Directories and portals to join up social care

Lancashire County Council and Sedgemoor District Council are working with the Local Government Association on a common data standard for local services, to enable directories for use by health and social care providers....Read more

Is "24-hour, fully-mobile, always-on, connectedness" as bad for our physical and mental health as it seems?

Julia Hobsbawm’s - Fully Connected. Surviving and thriving in an age of overload - has much to say that is provoking and ultimately useful to those charged with digital policy making and/or the delivery of local public services....Read more

UK health and social care have been immune to the level of innovation that is allowing other industries to offer ‘more for less’.

The social care system is not beyond repair, but we need to act quickly to make 2017 a year of positive change....Read more

Licensing late night cities: a balancing act for local councils

In the second of three articles on licensing, James Carson from Idox looks at the impact that licensing laws are having on the night-time economy and the tactics other countries are using to create a thriving after-hours culture....Read more

35 driverless, electric, minibuses are "on the road" in nine countries

How do services become transformed into digital services and what is the role of service management in digital transformation?

Councillor wants workers to have paid daily sex-breaks

Councils should make more use of pilots and trials to test innovative policy ideas

When councils outsource why don’t they secure the quality of associated online services?

Smart power socket helps keep elderly plugged-in to home life

Hampshire selects app to replace some adults’ social care

Platform businesses offering "gig-economy" delivery drivers "questionable" contracts written in "gibberish"