Public Sector Data Sharing – The information revolution
“If one arm of the public sector knows who needs a service and the other arm is trying to deliver that service, the two need to work together for the public benefit.” - Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
In the 2016 Queen’s Speech, the Government set out its vision to make Britain a world leader in the digital economy. A key part of this agenda will be harnessing the information revolution to deliver better and more efficient public services.
Opportunities to help the most vulnerable people are being missed because of the way the public bodies store, manage and use data. But by sharing information more freely between departments, the public sector could more easily identify those in need of support. Data sharing could also reduce costs by boosting efficiency and ending the duplication of work.
Join us for the Public Sector Data Sharing Conference for exclusive insights into the proposals set out in the Government’s Digital Economy Bill and the potential impact on the future of public services.
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- Quiz experts on the future of public information sharing and learn how smarter use of data can help your department deliver a better service.
- Connect with high quality delegates from across the public sector, problem solve shared challenges and learn from the experiences of others.
- Anticipate and prepare for the challenges and opportunities posed by data sharing in the public sector and gain a full understanding of what the Digital Economy Bill will mean for your organisation.
- Discover how the latest technologies and software can improve data sharing and enhance cyber security.
- Identify opportunities to reduce costs and recover debt by sharing more information across public sector departments.
When setting out plans for enhanced data sharing in the public sector, the Cabinet Office said the new measures would allow Government agencies to share information “where there is a valid benefit to doing so”.
Setting out examples, the draft document suggested new powers would enable the public sector to “automatically provide direct discounts off the energy bills of people living in fuel poverty” or “identify families with multiple and complex problems” who “would benefit from the Troubled Families Programme”. It is also argued that open access to civil records could streamline registration as well as stopping potentially upsetting admin letters being sent to deceased family members.
The bill also aims to create more effective public policy by making it easier to access anonymised data for research purposes. Using the most recent public sector data will improve the quality and accuracy of official statistics allowing key decision makers to be better informed. Analysing regional trends would also make it easier for local authorities to deliver services specifically designed to meet the needs of the community.
The Government is owed £24 billion in outstanding debts. The majority is owed to HM Revenue and Customs with the Department for Work and Pensions and the Ministry of Justice also accounting for significant amounts. In 2014, the Public Accounts Committee criticised the Government for failing to draft a coherent interdepartmental strategy for recovering this money. Sharing data between departments and creating new mechanisms to detect fraud could help recover some of these funds and prevent further loses in the future.
Critics of the plan to share digital information suggest the Government is trying to “claim ownership over all data”. Can the public sector make better use of the information it holds without impinging on personal privacy? According to the proposals, the relevant clauses in the Digital Economy Bill will include “safeguards to protecting data” and “ensure that data is shared appropriately and proportionately in the public sector”. Setting out guidelines for data sharing, former Information Commissioner Christopher Graham urged extreme caution. He said: “[People] want to know how their information is being used, who has access to it, and what that means for them. People also expect an appropriate level of choice and control, especially over their sensitive data.”
There are also significant concerns that increasing the transfer of sensitive information will make public sector data even more vulnerable to cyber arracks. GCHQ dealt with 200 major security incidents involving public sector computer systems in 2015, up from 100 attacks the year before. In total, just under 9,000 data breaches were recorded by the 17 largest Government departments in 2014/15. The National Audit Office has highlighted a lack of clear leadership when it comes to protecting public information. This has raised questions about whether an already vulnerable network should be opened up to more data sharing.
This events boasts a variety of outstanding speakers from across the public sector and tech industry. Each one has been handpicked based on their expertise and achievements, ensuring that delegates enjoy only the highest quality presentations. A wide number of topics will be covered on the day, and delegates can expect speakers to discuss all the major themes surrounding data sharing in the public sector.
- How sharing information can have a direct benefit on the lives of individuals.
- How sharing data could help the public sector deliver services to meet local needs.
- How data sharing could eliminate fraud and recover some of the £24 billion in debt owed to the public sector.
- How more accurate official statistics can result in more effective public policy.
- Assessing whether the current public sector IT infrastructure is fit for purposes and what improvements need to be made before strategic data sharing can become a reality.
Registration, Refreshments and Exhibition
Opening Remarks from Chair
Imogen Heywood, Engagement Manager and Stuart Bolton, Engagement Manager, Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing
Improving information sharing across local authorities by overcoming barriers
Andrew Alston, Covata Ltd.
Overcoming the challenges of sharing local government data
Refreshments and Networking Break
Wayne Bath, Strategic Partnerships Manager, CIFAS
Wayne has worked for Cifas for over ten years, on a wide variety of projects. His work has ranged from the introduction of the Confirmed Fraud Risk case type, to the redevelopment of Cifas OFIG meetings, to time seconded to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) to enable Cifas data to feed into the NFIB and be sent out as crimes to law enforcement. Wayne’s current work includes leading on the acquisition of new data sets, to increase members’ resilience to criminals attempting to abuse their products and services.
Gary Baker, Director, Baker, Lomax and Shackley Ltd.
Information sharing in practice.
Lunch & Networking
Dan Howarth, Senior Information Disclosures Officer (Deputy Data Protection Officer), Cheshire West and Chester Council
Refreshments & Comfort Break
Professor Rob Wilson, Chair of Information Systems Management and Director of KITE University Research Centre, Newcastle University
Jackie Millar, Project Manager, Cheshire Care Record
Innovative healthcare through smart data sharing
The Cheshire Care Record is a shared summary electronic record used by health ad social care professionals to support direct care delivery at the point of care. The project started in West Cheshire before being rolled out across the whole of Cheshire under the umbrella of the Cheshire Pioneer Programme, led by the county’s health and social care partners. It is a key enabler for joining up care and integrating services as part of the 3 transformation programmes operating in Cheshire; Connecting Care, Caring Together, and West Cheshire Way.
Closing Remarks from Chair
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- Gain a comprehensive understanding of the Digital Economy Bill and its implications for data sharing in the public sector.
- Identify key examples and scenarios where active sharing of public information could help agencies deliver a better level of service.
- Highlight potential disadvantages of the proposals and analyse what changes need to take place before the plans can be properly implemented.
- Understand the legal and ethical implications of data sharing.
- Discover how data sharing can help drive efficiency by ending the duplication of services and cutting down on fraud.