iNetwork News Digest - December 2015 
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In the Know, December 2015 

Hi <<First Name>>,

It's nearly Christmas! We've all been looking forward to a chance to put our feet up and unwind. Whilst this would be wonderful, we know that various local public services keep hard at work to maintain vital services: helping flooded out people, providing social care, financial advice, community support, care for adults and children, A&E, in-patient services, resolving burglaries, emptying bins, staffing Christmas markets, putting out fires, getting people to hospital...

If you are off then enjoy your well earned break over Christmas. To everyone working through it, hats off to you. We hope you get some much needed R&R too and we'll be thinking of you.

Seasonal best wishes from the iNetwork and iStandUK teams
Phil, Shelley, Cath, Ajike, Jill, Paul and Louis


Happy Stat-mas!

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Happy Site-mas!

We've redone the iNetwork website with help from Hack Oldham: see Our web star Jill is still busy tidying it up so send her thoughts and feedback if you want to see something. It's on Wordpress. 

We also want to move away from the KHub as it's not great. If you disagree let us know and if you know of a better, inexpensive Knowledge Management and online community system we could use please drop Jill a line.

Happy Asset-mas!

It's been said that it was a "make do and mend" Spending Review which will result in some parts of the sector hanging up their reform boots and instead reaching for the needle and thread. Our communities deserve better which is why we're going to be running some sessions in the new year which are all about community engagement. These will include how to run events, how to run unconferences and how to run hack days. We'll also be sharing ideas and good practice through a particular event in March. Dates will be up in Jan and we plan to repeat in different locations across our membership.

LGA Digital Transformation Fund

The LGA is inviting councils to bid for funding for projects to implement digital tools and approaches to complement the work that they are already doing to transform a ‘wicked' issue, including: Troubled Families, the integration of Health and Social Care, Welfare Reform and Public Health. Full details can be found here. 

The deadline for bids into this programme is Monday 21st December 2015.

Useful Links

National coverage for the iNetwork Award Winners! Well done everyone!

Watch the nominee videos here!

£6 billion attendance allowance to be passed from DWP to Councils.

Say goodbye to the Data Protection Act

What makes a high performing team?

Watch out for talking lampposts: Manchester wins £10m for Internet of Things project

New secure email guidelines from Government

In brief: Greater Manchester's Devolution and Service Reform Programme




Web Usability (Digital Managers' Forum)
19 Jan 2016, TBC
NW Information Security & Assurance Group Meeting - NW WARP (Invitation only)
22 Jan 2015, Manchester
"Think Cyber -Think Resilience" - Local Leadership Seminar: East of England 
27 Jan 2015, Cambridge
Go ON NW Winter Partnership Meeting
28 Jan 2016, Manchester
Discussing Health and Social Care Integration and Information Sharing (Closed meeting)
28 Jan 2016, Wilmslow
"Think Cyber - Think Resilience" - Local Leadership Seminar: South East Region
9 Feb 2016, London
"Think Cyber - Think Resilience" - Local Leadership Seminar: East Midlands
29 Feb 2016, Nottingham
New Models for Customer Services
8 Mar 2016, TBC
(event TBC - to be pencilled in your diary)
Info Security & Assurance Group Meeting (Invitation Only - for members of NW WARP)
11 Mar 2016, Manchester
IAPS Network Leadership Group Meeting (Invitation only)
16 Mar 2016, Rochdale
"Think Cyber - Think Resilience" - Local Leadership Seminar: West Midlands
17 Mar 2016, Birmingham
iNetwork InfoSec Conference 2016: Building Cyber Security and Resilience in a Digital World
22 April, Manchester
Go ON NW Spring Partnership Meeting
12 May, Manchester
From all the team at iNetwork and iStandUK, wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We look forward to working with you in 2016 to exchange best practice and innovative ideas to improve local public services.

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