iNetwork News Digest - March 2016
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In the Know, February 2016 

Hi <<First Name>>,

Well it's nearly April, which means the end of the financial year, and a start of a whole new year of operations, for iNetwork, our partners and colleagues. At times like this it is often useful to take a step back for  a moment and reflect on the year gone by.

In this spirit we would like to share with you a few selected highlights from 2015-16. We are delighted to report that this year has been an incredibley successful one for iNetwork. More importantly though, it has been a year in which we have witnessed great progress and outcomes in innovative improvement of public services from many of our members and partners.

Highlights of 2015-16 include:

  • Around 50 events, conferences and network meetings held
  • Approximately 2000 attendees
  • 165 invited Speakers
  • 80 nominations for the iNetwork Annual Innovation Awards
  • Coverage for Annual awards and conference in LGC
  • Delivery of LEAN training to 13 different organisations with 31 cohorts trained or due to be
  • Successful completion of 8 regional cyber resilience seminars in conjunction with DCLG
  • Re-launch of the Local eGovernment Standards body as iStandUK
We would like to thank everybody involved in all of these successes or at any of our events or leadership groups for helping to make 2015-16 such a great year for iNetwork and for each other. Here's to further co-operation, innovation and success next year!

Please find below a collection of news and updates from March, as well as an outline of iNetwork's priorities for the coming year.

Best wishes for a great bank holiday weekend,

Louis Stockwell on behalf of the iNetwork team


iNetwork priorities for 2016-17
reflect the needs of local public services

On March 16th George Osborne delivered the UK Government annual budget. Government pledges for further devolution deals, investment in regional infrastructure and investments in open data and the digital economy are a cause for some tentative hope from a public services perspective. 

Many commentators hold the belief, though, that by and large there will be no respite for local authorities and public service providers. It is suggested that additional cuts of £3.5 billion and the controversial cuts to disability benefits will put further strain on local public services.


As much as ever then, savings and improvements through collaboration, service reform, practice sharing and digital innovation need to be a top priority for public service providers. iNetworks priorities for the coming year reflect this need.

You can read a full draft of our priorities for 2016-17 on our website by clicking HERE. These priorities are yet to be confirmed and we would warmly welcome your input and comments. 
It's time to start taking loneliness seriously

Nobody deserves to be lonely, yet statistics show loneliness is set to become even more prevalent in coming years. At iNetwork we are committed to using our resources and expertise to help to come up with solutions to the issue of loneliness and the burden it often puts on local authorities and health services. We hope to accomplish this by doing what we do best, sharing best practice and creating the necessary space for professionals to come together and find shared solutions to common problems.

Our priorities and activities programme for  2016-17 will reflect this commitment. Expect to see numerous events and plenty of material as we work with colleagues to tackle this sobering social issue.

As a precursor to this, iNetwork have published a short report on loneliness. The report draws on stats and theories from academia and public health experts to outline the scope and likely causes of loneliness as well as its implications for individuals and local public services.

It's well worth a read if you are passionate about this issue, you can download it by CLICKING HERE.
iNetwork member councils triumph at LGC awards 

Two of iNetwork's most active member councils were announced as winners this month at the LGC 20th anniversary awards. Wigan MBC won digital council of the year and iNetwork's host Tameside MBC won overall council of the year.

The work of iNetwork formed an important part of Tameside Council's bid for the award. Tameside Chief Executive and iNetwork chairman Steven Pleasant stated how important it was that "they (judging panel) knew what a fantastic group we (iNetwork) are and what fantastic work we do across the sector."

We would like to fondly congratulate Tameside and Wigan on their success, it's always great to see innovative work in public services celebrated.
Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council team collect their LGC Council of the Year award 

Useful Links

Key steps for local government in building resilience against cyber incidents (video presentation by William Barker DCLG)

Full list of LGC anniversary award winners

Speed of digital transformation increases public sector pressure on testing

New ways of managing cities with bustling nightlife: The Amsterdam example

300,000 elderly people suffering from chronic loneliness

Budget 2016: Views from local government

Video presentation by Ian Litton on developing a local public services role for GOV.UK Verify



There is only one month left until the iNetwork Info Sec conference 2016. The conference will be held on April 22nd in Manchester at Kings House Conference centre.


This Conference is a must for colleagues dealing with cyber and information security. What's more it is free to all inetwork members! 

Tickets are still available but going fast. CLICK HERE to read more about the conference and book your place.


As part of our commitment to sharing maximum volumes of best practice, our "what works" case study library is ever expanding.

CLICK HERE to take a look.



Connected Procurement Forum, March 2016
23 Mar 2016, Manchester
iNetwork InfoSec Conference 2016: Building Cyber Security and Resilience in a Digital World
22 April 2016, Manchester
Digital Managers' Forum Spring Event
26 April 2016, Warrington
Go ON NW Spring Partnership Meeting
12 May 2016, Widnes
Effective Info Sharing & Security Network Leadership Group meeting 
13 May 2016, TBC

Effective Service Redesign and Reform (NLG) Network Leadership Group 1 of 4 

26 May 2016, TBC

Info Security & Assurance Group meeting (for North West WARP) 2016/ 17

10 June 2016, TBC

Effective Info Sharing & Security Network Leadership Group meeting (2016/17) (2)

8 July 2016, TBC


An iNetwork member and colleague at Salford City Council is investigating systems to support their programme/project management and has requested some advice.
Can you help? -  Does anyone use a system they could recommend?
They are after:
  • A dashboard type report – milestones, risks and issues, etc
  • To be used by projects for detailed planning and programme for milestone information (so no need to double enter)
  • Project managers and other relevant officers to have access to amend and update system
Please can you direct any responses via email to Cath O'Neil


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