Hi-tech means lower costs for Nottinghamshire County Council

A smarter use of technology and ICT solutions to deliver council services more efficiently could save taxpayers in Nottinghamshire more than £8m by the end of the year.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s ICT Strategy 2014-17 is rolling out an ambitious modernisation programme, including:

  • A mobilisation project which will provide 1,500 social care employees with tablet computers to work ‘on the move’ by the end of 2015
  • A new electronic monitoring system covering home-based care services which will help design care packages within budgets and monitor service delivery
  • A new contract with Virgin Media to deliver broadband in council offices and schools
  • A fax server solution, supporting the digital switch-over of faxing

The year-on-year efficiencies will contribute towards the £77m in savings the Council needs to make by 2017/18 because of significant cuts to its funding from Government and greater demand for services.

Councillor Darren Langton, Vice-Chairman of Finance and Property Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Our ICT Strategy is delivering a huge modernisation programme across all Council services. By investing in new technology, we are not only saving a substantial amount of money for taxpayers, we are changing the way services are provided for the better.

“The mobilisation project in particular, which has seen Nottinghamshire County Council lead the way nationally by providing our social care staff with the technology to work on the move, continues to be a big success. Assessments are completed faster, there’s the potential for patients to be discharged from hospital quicker and staff time is put to better use, with much less time spent travelling to and from the office and waiting between appointments.

“There’s still lots more to do, but by putting technology at the heart of the way we provide services we are making rapid progress. Using technology to reduce our running costs helps relieve some of the extreme financial pressures on frontline services, caused by on-going cuts in funding by central Government.”

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