Data will be crucial to the better running of modern public services but many councils are not yet taking full advantage of the assets they hold. Simon Parker, director of the New Local Government Network, says those that fail to understand and harness the power of data risk making themselves irrelevant.

The UK is a world leader in the use of open data to inform policymaking. A new Roadmap from the Open Data Institute aims to build on this success to make the next great strides in data mining.

Geoff Trickey, managing director at Psychological Consultancy, offers a psychometric analysis of personality in the public sector.

Kush Parikh, president of PayByPhone, looks at the importance of mobile digital services.

Malcolm Johnson of London law firm BL Claims Solicitors, part of Blake Morgan, examines the key points of the Care Act. 

Councils aren't short of challenges at the moment, but rising to the digital challenge is an opportunity they can't afford to ignore, both to make financial savings and to stay relevant in a digital age, says PwC's Jonathan House.

Emma Cornwall, managing consultant at Hay Group, on cutting through the complexity of leadership in local government.

Emma Waters, customer service solutions lead at Arvato UK, discusses how councils can implement more sophisticated online services in order to free up much-needed resources.

The Care Act represents the biggest change to social care and support in more than 60 years. As the first wave of changes comes into force, are councils ready to deliver the act's sweeping reforms?

Reaction to the 2015 Budget from across local government and beyond.