Idox is pleased to announce Monmouthshire County Council as its latest Welsh local authority client.
Monmouthshire has selected Idox’s Development Control (Planning) solution to replace its existing Northgate system. The contract includes all services required to implement the solution as well as an inclusive 5 year support and maintenance agreement.
Idox has a significant presence in the Welsh public sector via its election management, planning, environmental & regulatory control and document management solutions with 19 of the 25 local authorities and national parks in Wales using Idox solutions.
Local authority planning departments, in England in particular, have experienced some of the deepest financial cuts of all local services over the past few years. While solutions such as those provided by Idox in the areas of land, property and building control can help streamline processes and generate efficiency savings, it’s important that the planning profession also advocates for the value of planning in addressing key challenges facing society at the moment. Housing supply, climate change adaptation, sustainable economic growth and reducing social inequalities all have a spatial element. Arguing for investment in planning requires the use of evidence and research however, which is why the Idox Information Service has launched a special membership offer in partnership with the RTPI. In this article, Rebecca Riley explains the background to the service and the exclusive offer.
Idox’s latest whitepaper release The Third Mission: An Overview of University-Industry Collaboration examines the evolving remit of UK higher education institutions in expanding beyond a ‘traditional’ educational role to focus on national and international business partnerships.
It covers the:
- benefits, barriers and support measures in place for cross-sector partnerships;
- the strengths and weaknesses of R&D activity in the UK compared to global competitors; and
- key recommendations on what makes a successful partnership – relevant to not only UK-based collaborations but those worldwide too.
The paper – published today (1 June) – will support Idox during its work as Silver Sponsor at this week’s ARMA Annual Conference 2015, where staff will be on hand to discuss funding and policy solutions with attending delegates.
The digital report is available to download on the Intelligence page of Idox’s flagship funding service, GRANTfinder: www.idoxgrantfinder.co.uk/intelligence
Idox plc is a supplier of specialist information management solutions to the public sector and to highly regulated asset intensive industries around the world in the wider corporate sector.
Idox is Europe’s leading provider of funding and policy information services and has, since 1985, supported organisations at every stage of the funding process from identification of suitable funding to application and management.
Idox Elections is one of the premier election service providers in the UK, providing outstanding expertise and knowledge across all areas of election management. As well as supporting local authorities to ensure integrity in the postal voting process in the UK, Idox was recently awarded a number of contracts to support the Norwegian municipal and county elections which will be held in September 2015. In this article, Idox’s Stacey Dingwall explores the technology and processes which underpin successful elections management, drawing on her own experiences during the recent elections in the UK.
Sevenoaks District Council and Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council have joined forces to form a 'Building Control Partnership' between the two authorities. The partnership will provide a single service enabling the sharing and collaboration of expertise to better meet the needs of the community and the challenges of private sector competition.
Both authorities currently use Idox’s local government business administration systems and Idox will work with the authorities to migrate building control data held by Tonbridge and Malling into a shared solution to be hosted by Sevenoaks. Key information captured by the new system will be automatically fed back to the individual authorities to supply the information requirements of both local authorities’ Land Charges Services.
The partnership will also be supported by Idox Enterprise, a solution that enables managers to monitor workflow and balance employee workload. Idox’s Public Access solution, designed to deliver online digital services to citizens and businesses will also be implemented as part of the project.
Big Lottery Fund chief executive Dawn Austwick OBE has been announced as the chair of Idox’s Innovation Awards 2015 judging panel.
Launched in spring of this year, Idox’s Innovation Awards aim to recognise, reward and raise the profile of projects that have demonstrated a creative and forward-thinking approach to improving the life of communities in one or more UK locations.
Essex Property Group (EPG) is a partnership of Essex public sector organisations comprising local district authorities, Essex County Council, NHS Property Services, East of England Local Government Association, Ordnance Survey and Government Property Unit.
EPG recognised the benefits of partnership working but required a shared, location based, property resource to help inform better decision-making relating to land and property estates owned or leased by its members.
Within the framework of a competitive procurement, Idox proposed a hosted, map based service based on Esri’s ArcGIS Online technology and designed to provide extensive property based asset information to all EPG members: in fact anyone with an interest in publicly owned land and property in Essex.
Following the successful delivery of print and software services supporting the UK general and local elections, Idox has recently been awarded a number of contracts to support the Norwegian municipal and county elections which will be held in September 2015
These contracts are for the provision of software and hardware related services to support the elections in 65 communes within 6 counties located mainly in the Eastern (Buskerud) and Western (More og Romsdal) regions of the country.
The communities covered by the service include a population of 660,000 people, over 450,000 voters and a total area of over 3,300 square kilometres.
This follows Idox’s success in delivering similar election services during the Norwegian General Election of 2013
More and more we are seeing traditional (and somewhat artificial) geographic boundaries taking a back seat in favour of delivering more relevant and effective services, designed to meet the needs of today and tomorrow, where they are needed. Recent examples include The Northern Powerhouse, numerous cross-boundary shared services and joined up data sharing projects such as the RTPI Map for England pilot and the Essex Property Asset Map (EPAM).
In this article Morwen Johnson looks at the role that strategic planning is playing in increasing cooperation whilst ensuring planning objectives are met.
It is imperative that Health and Social Care services integrate in order to deliver the most needed and obvious services, for example the provision of an effective and timely way to transport a discharged hospital patient to a care home.
In reality this involves the sharing and integration of data from disparate systems and requires the transformation of such information into genuine intelligence whilst, at the same time, protecting privacy.
In this article Idox’s Steven McGinty looks at what is happening to make using big data a reality in health and social care
As technology based solutions continue to help drive improvements in public sector service delivery, Idox Information Service’s Steven McGinty reflects, in his latest blog, on some of the current trends in public sector technology…..
Forest of Dean Council is joining regulatory services partners: West Oxfordshire, Cotswold and Cheltenham councils by adding Idox’s Licensing Public Access and Consultee Access to its menu of online digital services to help further streamline its licensing service.
The solution will provide online access for consultees and members of the public, enabling them to search for, comment on and track the progress of licences including notices, permits, registrations, certificates and consents issued by the Authority.
Since its launch in May 1990, Idox’s Uniform suite of local government solutions has provided the cornerstone for over 250 local authorities in supporting their delivery of planning, building control, local land charges, licensing, environmental health and a range of related regulatory and environmental services.
Designed from the ground up as a suite of complementary modules able to be used standalone or integrated via the Uniform Gazetteer Management System (GMS), the solution has more than kept pace with the numerous technical, political and legislative challenges over the years including:
- Technology: from a “green screen” solution in 1989 to a completely hosted managed, web accessible service in 2015
- Accessibility and user population: from a target audience of local authority administrators and officers to a solution now serving citizens, elected members and managers alike
- Political and Organisational: Uniform has successfully met the challenges of numerous local government reorganisations and, more recently the organisational challenges presented by voluntary shared services initiatives
- Overall capability: From a text based system in 1989 to a complete map, workflow and document image enabled solution in 2015
Following one of the most unpredicted general election results in history, Idox’s Chris Drake examines the possible effects, particularly on funding, on the key sectors of UK society: public services, education, business and voluntary, community and social enterprise.
Harrogate Borough Council has selected Idox’s Estate Management solution to help transform the manner in which council owned property asset information is managed.
The system manages the complete lifecycle of land and property asset portfolios including acquisition, disposal, leases in and out, as well as valuations, works orders and maintenance.
The embedded workflow and notification system within the system ensures that renewals and other key deadlines are met, helping councils to deliver a more efficient service.
The council will also adopt Idox Enterprise, a visual workflow solution which enables managers to more effectively monitor and distribute their team’s work and any related performance indicators.
The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) this week announced that its awards for research excellence would be named in memory of Sir Peter Hall, renowned as one of the greatest planners in the last century.
Idox is proud to sponsor the Student and Wider Engagement award categories, the winners and runners up of which will be announced in September. For more information see the Award announcement here.
Four local authorities, Blackpool, Havant, Lambeth and Spelthorne have selected Idox’s document management solution (DMS) to support core business systems within the councils replacing existing providers such as Meridio, Civica and Northgate.
The new systems will extend the use of Idox technology within the councils and be integrated into existing Idox and 3rd party solutions. The move to Idox’s DMS will also enable the councils to reduce ongoing costs by consolidating suppliers.
Idox DMS is a flexible and scalable, web based solution designed to enable organisations to improve information sharing, employee productivity and support the delivery of responsive public digital services.
The ways in which UK universities are responding to the globalisation of education is a hot topic of discussion across the Higher Education (HE) sector.
Institutions are implementing strategies to accommodate increasingly important issues such as worldwide student mobility and recruitment, international collaboration, overseas campuses and Transnational Education (TNE).
Following recent attendance at the University of Salford’s Internationalising Higher Education Conference, Idox delegate Chris Drake discusses the growing prominence of internationalisation and the subsequent evolution of the HE sector landscape.
Sussex Building Control provides the building control service for Horsham District Council and Crawley Borough Council.
Idox has worked closely with Horsham and Sussex Building Control to transfer the building control data held within two separate Idox systems into one, to provide a joint building control system.
This shared resource is intended to provide a modern, competitive and flexible service that matches the needs of citizens and builders whilst maintaining a consistent high standard of service.
For more information see here.
At a time when wall to wall coverage across a record number of media platforms has elevated demand on Idox for the production of printed poll cards, ballot papers and postal vote applications, Alan Gillies asks whether this increased coverage and the advent of voter advice applications will result in a significantly increased turnout on Thursday 7th May.