The Awards recognise local authority excellence in the use of street and property data to help join up information from different local authority departments. This year, a Local Digital category was introduced and Idox are delighted that Northumberland County Council have received such a well-deserved award.
Northumberland’s winning entry is in recognition of the excellent work they have undertaken to provide customers with a self-service, online portal to report problems such as streetlight faults and potholes. The solution works by linking several Council data sources via the Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG) and the Local Street Gazetteer (LSG).
Northumberland are users of Idox's Gazetteer Management Solution which is used to manage LLPG as part of an integrated address management solution.
Ryan Gilchrist, Northumberland’s Information Governance Manager commented that “IDOX gives us a great flexible platform which allows us to integrate with our own custom built solutions”.
The night-time economy adds £70bn to the UK’s economic output, and is an important source of employment. For local authorities however, managing the night-time economy requires them to balance competing demands of economic development, public safety and quality of life. Many councils use Idox’s Regulatory Services tools in order to manage and monitor licensing applications, renewals and conditions – an important element of this multi-agency approach. In this article, Idox’s Heather Cameron explores examples of good practice in town centres and the benefits that developing the night-time economy brings.
Full article: Is the night-time economy waking up our town centres?
As the UK’s leading provider of planning and building control solutions to local authorities, Idox actively engages with issues affecting the planning profession. At next week’s RTPI Planning Convention, we will be exhibiting on Stand One, as well as sponsoring the RTPI Awards for Research Excellence later in the year. We also publish a bi-monthly journal, Scottish Planning and Environmental Law. In this article, the journal’s Managing Editor Morwen Johnson considers whether the relationship between planning and environmental protection is shifting.
Full article: Putting the green back into planning policy
In preparation for the live deployment of a range of Idox local government software solutions, Idox will work with St Helens to extract and map data from the council’s legacy systems into the new solutions.
One of the key challenges of migrating data is to ensure that all, or the majority of existing files can be transferred into the new system in order to provide maximum levels of confidence on first use.
Under the contract, Idox will provide its knowledge and expertise to enable St Helens staff, having the required local knowledge, to carry out the bulk of the data mapping. Idox will then review all of the resultant data to ensure its integrity; thereby providing reassurance and confidence to the users as they use the systems live for the first time.
South Downs National Park (SDNP) has extended, by three years, its contract with Idox for the supply of its managed hosted solutions: Development Control, Public Access and EDMS (electronic document management). The solution is used by 250 SDNP users to plan development within the National Park area and to provide information to the public and other stakeholders relating to developments within SDNP.
The current government focus on localism is requiring local authorities across the country to think about how they can engage their communities in creating better places and services. In some cases this is through new approaches to coproduction and participation. In other cases, it’s about using data to enable better decision-making, such as Idox’s EPAM solution developed for the Essex Property Group (EPG), a partnership of public sector organisations in Essex, or the Map for England which was designed to join up data across traditional geographic and political boundaries to support infrastructure planning.
In this article, Idox’s Alan Gillies reflects on how the devolution agenda is affecting planning and what the future might hold.
Read full article: Devolved governance – what role for planning?
Blaby District Council have purchased the Contender Waste Management Solution from Idox, further extending their portfolio of software from Idox.
Blaby will implement Contender delivering a solution to manage trade and garden waste as well as a new cloud based domestic waste module. Future plans include additional web form integration to provide further “channel shift” capability.
Idox partner with Contender to offer a comprehensive Waste Management solution capable of integrating with existing Idox solutions such as the corporate land and property gazetteer used by more than 250 local authorities.
For more information please see: Idox partners with Contender to provide a Waste Management Solution
Maldon District Council has extended the range of the digital services it offers by purchasing Idox Public Access for Planning and, significantly, this is the 200th Public Access solution to be implemented by Idox.
Idox Public Access is used throughout the UK by public sector organisations for the purpose of publishing information relating to a range of local authority services including planning, building control and licensing. Public Access also publishes documents such as plans and correspondence related to case records as well as receiving comments and objections form interested parties.
One of the key benefits of Public Access is that it provides relevant, up-to-date information automatically to citizens, elected members and other stakeholders, thereby reducing the need for direct contact with the service department either by telephone or by personal visits to the office.
Last week the Scottish Parliament passed the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill giving communities more powers to take on land and buildings and to have a say on how their services are delivered. It gives community planning partnerships (CPPs) in Scotland a statutory basis and sets out a legal obligation for local authorities and their partners to work together with community bodies. In this article Idox’s Laura Dobie considers the background to the Bill and its implications.
In a world in which Idox is helping councils join up their information to support much larger geographic areas and communities to provide improved services, Idox Information Service talks to Michael Harris, Deputy Head of Research at the Royal Town Planning Institute who discusses why the use of research and evidence is crucial for the future of the planning profession.
To read the full article visit: Knowledge Insider: a Q&A with Michael Harris from the RTPI
Lambeth have further consolidated their business solution portfolio by acquiring the Idox Uniform Trading Standards solution.
The new solution will offer additional benefits by integrating with Lambeth’s existing Uniform property and commercial premises database as well as the Idox Environmental Health and Licensing solutions.
Warwick Building Control, the group providing building control services for the councils of Warwick, Coventry, Rugby and Daventry are now implementing phase 2 of their IT project which involves the transfer of Rugby Borough Council’s Building Control information into the Warwickshire system. This replaces the existing Civica Fast Control system with Idox Uniform providing a single shared solution and extending the service capability originally described here.
It’s been three years since neighbourhood planning legislation came into effect and over 6.1 million people now live in a designated neighbourhood area. In this article, Idox’s Alan Gillies looks at the progress of neighbourhood planning and why it’s a central plank of the government’s localism agenda.
Read the full article: Neighbourhood planning – the current state of play
With approval on the European Fund for Strategic Investments expected from EU finance ministers later this month, it’s timely that Idox assesses the wider Investment Plan for Europe (or the Juncker Plan as it is more commonly known). As it is proposed that the Plan is part-funded by Horizon 2020, this blog considers whether such investment guarantees have an adverse impact on open grant programmes.
Full article: The Juncker Plan – A Positive Investment in the EU?
Scottish Government are funding the changes required to ensure that Election systems used in Scotland for managing the electoral register and managing elections are capable of handling voters aged 16 and 17 in time for the 2016 Holyrood Election. As a result, Idox will be working with Glasgow and other Scottish customers to ensure that the required changes to allow 14 & 15 year olds to register will be accommodated within the Idox Elections solutions used by local authorities throughout Scotland by 29th June.
Young people (between the ages of 16 and 17) voted for the first time in the UK at the Scottish Independence Referendum. So successful was this (more than 100,000 young people turned out to vote) in terms of the increased level of engagement by young people that future Scottish Parliamentary elections and local elections from 5th May 2016 are also expected to be open for young people to vote once the legislation is approved.
For local authorities, engaging with the communities they represent is a crucial part of accountability and transparency. One hard-to-reach group of residents is young people and it is often argued that they lack interest in political processes, especially at the local level. A new briefing from the Idox Knowledge Exchange explores the barriers to increasing participation by young people and highlights some case studies of successful initiatives. This briefing is part of a wider series of articles and white papers being published in 2015 on the theme of elections, voter participation and public engagement.
Read the full article: Involving young people in local political systems and decision-making
North Dorset has embarked on a project to further improve the effectiveness of its planning service by digitising 8 years of planning documents (from 1999 to 2007).
Idox will manage the scanning of the files and the subsequent loading into the Council’s Idox DMS. The electronic records will provide an additional online resource to supplement the existing electronic records held from 2008 to date and which are already available to those having an interest in the local planning process via North Dorset’s implementation of Idox Public Access here.
The 5 June 2015 marks World Environment Day, an annual celebration which raises awareness of the need for sustainable living. Local authorities have a crucial role to play, as their responsibilities in the areas of energy, waste, water, sanitation, and land use directly affect the local environment and health and well-being of their communities. In this article, Idox’s James Carson considers how councils are tackling air quality improvement.
Read the full article: Coming up for air: tackling the toxic pollution in our cities
The NHS R&D Forum Annual Conference is the largest gathering of R&D professionals from across the UK, with over 400 delegates in attendance each year.
Idox joined the 2015 event, held in Manchester, to explore the latest developments and trends affecting the sector, feeding into the support offered to UK healthcare organisations via its dedicated funding and policy solutions.
Conference speeches: key themes and discussions
The conference kicked off with an opening speech from Dr Kevin Fong, founder and associate director of the Centre for Altitude, Space & Extreme Environment Medicine, who underlined the importance of team work in the difficult situations that clinicians may face.
Two further keynote speeches covered the challenges facing researchers dealing with the Ebola outbreak and how medical research charities and the NHS can provide a supportive UK research environment in order to ensure the best results for patients.
Read the full article: The future of R&D in the NHS.
Woking Borough Council has upgraded their Idox suite of software to the latest Public Services Network (PSN) compliant versions. At the same time Woking have agreed a longer term managed service undertaking with Idox taking responsibility for upgrading all Idox solutions at an agreed frequency per annum. This service is intended to allow Woking to plan its fixed costs and reduce its need to maintain internal expertise on a broad range of technologies.
The Public Services Network (PSN) is the government’s high-performance network, which helps public sector organisations work together, reduce duplication and share resources.