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June 2, 2017  10:29 AM

Whoever wins election 2017, it’s time for a digital minister with real authority

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
#ukelection, Broadband, Digital government, Government IT, IT skills, Policy, Startups

You would expect, of course, that a publication such as Computer Weekly would call on whoever wins the 2017 general election to put the digital economy on its list of immediate priorities. While the

May 15, 2017  2:07 PM

UK government, NHS and Windows XP support – what really happened

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Cyber security, GDS, Government IT, Information security, IT security, Microsoft, NHS, Ransomware, Windows XP

In all the debate about the NHS ransomware attack, much has been made of a...


April 26, 2017  10:51 AM

Can DWP meet its revised 2022 target for completion of Universal Credit?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Agile development, Agile Project Plan, dwp, Government IT, Project management, Universal Credit

In the run-up to the last UK general election in 2015, the Labour Party’s then shadow employment minister Stephen Timms pointed out that the target...

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April 7, 2017  11:48 AM

GDS changes start from the top

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Digital government, GDS, Government IT, NAO

Last week’s highly critical National Audit Office (NAO) report highlighted the need for change at the Government Digital Service...

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March 10, 2017  12:36 PM

NICs increase is least of the tax worries for public sector IT contractors as IR35 fears grow

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Digital government, Digital skills, Government IT, IR35, IT contractors, IT jobs, Taxation

The otherwise obscure topic of taxation for the self-employed hit the headlines this week after chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond announced in his latest Budget a...


March 2, 2017  4:50 PM

UK government’s digital strategy has to be welcomed – but it could have been so much more

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
5G, Broadband, Data infrastructure, Digital government, Digital skills, Digital strategy, Digital transformation, Government IT, IT training, tech startups

The very best thing about the government digital strategy is that it exists. The areas covered by the strategy are vitally important for the UK’s economic future...


November 21, 2016  2:39 PM

What’s going on at DWP Digital?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Digital government, dwp, Government IT, IT budget, It spending, Project management

Dear readers, I'd like to ask for your opinion. Let me tell you a story. In late October, I was approached by a whistleblower in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). This individual, who understandably requested anonymity, claimed that


November 15, 2016  1:13 PM

No surprises, few measurable targets, but one big challenge for the new government digital strategy

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Digital government, Digital strategy, Digital transformation, GDS, Government IT

After another summer of turmoil at the Government Digital Service (GDS), with


October 31, 2016  4:23 PM

The clampdown on IT contractors in Whitehall is another risk for digital government progress

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Digital government, Government IT, IR35, IT contractors, IT jobs, IT skills

IT contractors working in government are under pressure like never before over their tax status, and many people in Whitehall IT fear that a clampdown on the use of temporary staff could lead to a damaging exodus of vital digital skills. HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is closely scrutinising...


October 13, 2016  2:29 PM

GDS: Will the strategy still be delivery?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Cabinet office, Digital government, Digital strategy, GDS, Government IT, IT Strategy, Whitehall

The Government Digital Service (GDS) is an uncertain place at the moment – or so the rumour mill says. The team are carrying on with their pre-existing strategy – one that was written last year to justify


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