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.
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.