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.
Tower Hamlets Council has selected the Idox Public Access solution to provide an on-line public resource, designed to improve the delivery of Planning and Building Control services.
The solution will help the Council to provide a valuable source of planning and building control information to the public by providing on-line application tracking and status notifications, consultation and access to related documentation such as correspondence and plans.
Citizens and stakeholders will also automatically receive notifications on the progress of existing applications and any new developments affecting them thereby reducing the need for personal contact.
Glasgow has recently gone live on Uniform 10, the latest version of Idox’s market leading public sector business management solution.
The solution is used by 170 staff across the Planning, Building Standards, Environmental Health, Trading Standards and Property Certification teams. Uniform 10 also provides a live “feed” to the Idox Public Access online digital service designed to provide flexible, tailored access to information of interest to citizens and other interested parties.
To reduce system downtime, the main implementation was undertaken at weekend followed by a period of testing with Glasgow confirming “business as usual” use of all systems by 27th March 2015.
Three Rivers has selected Idox's licensing solution to help manage the process of issuing a range of licences, permits, consents and registrations.
Replacing an existing legacy system, the new solution is designed to automate the entire licensing process, from initial application or renewal to final approval.
The new system includes Idox’s Public Access for Licensing, an online digital service which will allow residents and other interested parties to track and comment on licensing applications as well as receive automatic notifications of new applications in their selected area of interest. The solution will also be supported by Idox Enterprise: an automated workflow and performance management solution and Idox DMS, an integrated document management solution.
Ahead of next week’s general election, the Knowledge Exchange has published its elections white paper, Democracy and voting: key organisations and individuals.
The white paper published by Idox Information Service provides an overview of the following key themes in elections research:
Accountability and transparency
Voter participation and engagement
Idox Information Service provides the most complete and accessible source of evidence and research on the UK public sector. For more information see http://theknowledgeexchange.co.uk/products/the-idox-information-service/
North East voluntary sector support organisation Catalyst reports over £100k secured in its first year of subscription to Idox’s leading funding service GRANTfinder.
Commenting on the benefits of a GRANTfinder subscription, Catalyst CEO Steve Rose noted:
“Being able to offer Idox’s GRANTfinder as a service to our members has given us the ability to connect with a much wider audience in the Stockton locality than we otherwise would have access to, and the funds GRANTfinder helps us find have impacted a wide range of organisations and causes.
The recent SOCITM Spring Conference debated the future of local government digital services and the implications and choices affecting their future development. This is likely to have an impact on the relationship local government has with its suppliers. As a company that works closely with local government and has worked with SOCITM to help promote and deliver the SOCITM “Better Connected” capability to local authorities, it’s important that we keep an open mind on the options available, but most importantly those options most likely to succeed in this most dynamic marketplace.
Idox’s Steven McGinty summarises the debate: Full Article
The latest “new” thing in the world of data mining is using “Big Data” to inform public policy. Using data mining methods, we can aid evidence-based decision making by learning what the data can tell us and using this to write or implement policy. Idox are now exploring these methods to look at opportunities for our public policy and research members.
Investigation indicates that using data in this way is in its infancy, where data mining methods are in the process of being used, but so far, very little is completed. Published examples include, London Borough of Newham’s property data, which has been combined with numerous other datasets and mined to examine change in property tenure in order to support, amongst other things, their housing management services. The University College London mined Oyster Card data in order to minimize cost for travellers using public transport and to encourage public transport use. The first stage of the research will be exploring what can be done and what would be useful to members.
As we all experience 24 x 7 Election news and social media coverage leading up to Election Day, it isn’t much different here in terms of Idox Elections team activity. We are of course aiming to ensure that our customer base of around 80 local authorities in England, Wales and Scotland navigate a smooth path to a successful count and result announcement on the 7th or 8th May.
Here are just a few statistics which indicate the size of the operation needed to ensure success and which we are working with our customers to achieve.
- Processing of over 7 million electors in our Election Management solutions
- Dealing with the last minute rush of electors registering to vote prior to the April 20th deadline
- Helping customers manage up to 5 elections on 7th May including (for some authorities) a Mayoral election and a council tax referendum
- Printing and posting over 2.5 million ballot papers, poll cards and postal vote applications using Idox’s Managed Print Service
- Scanning and comparing signatures on over 2 million postal votes received up until polling stations close on Thursday 7th May using our software solutions and managed services
It is a hectic time with no margin for error and it’s certainly a time when the motto “Keep calm and carry on” is the order of the day.
The Infrastructure Act 2015 became law earlier this year and contained a number of provisions which made changes to the planning system. These changes are intended to streamline development planning and speed up the delivery of infrastructure. Although many will not come into force until a later date, local authorities, over two hundred of which use Idox solutions to effectively manage the land and property development lifecycle, need to be aware of the possible impact on planning processes and procedure
In this article we summarise some of the key changes contained in the Act.
Idox’s Grants arm has published Business Funding Outlook 2015, a paper exploring the funding landscape and the role of business support organisations including local authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and Chambers of Commerce.
In these difficult financial times, businesses are doing all they can to identify new sources of funding to boost their growth and development in line with seeking the support available from the public sector. Idox – which currently supports some 250 local authorities, Chambers and BIDs across the UK in accessing and securing funding – has published this paper to examine some of the issues businesses are facing in the current economic climate, the funding programmes available to support wide-ranging business activities, and how entrepreneurs and business owners can identify such support quickly and cost-effectively.
The 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.
Sharing data between health and social care bodies is fundamental if the objectives of the Better Care Fund are to be achieved as part of the broader ambition of integrating health and social care. However, to understand where, when, what and how data should be shared, it’s important to understand the policy and legislative context.
In this article we look at the changes that have been introduced to help facilitate health and social care integration, including significant pieces of legislation such as the Health and Social Care Act and the Care Act.
Warwick Building Control provides building control services across four authorities including Warwick District Council, Coventry City Council, Rugby Borough Council and Daventry District Council.
Taking a phased approach to system integration, Idox’s Data Services Team is working initially with Daventry and Warwick, to migrate Daventry’s building control data into the Idox Building Control system in use at Warwick.
Over the longer term, this shared resource will be extended to provide a single integrated building control service across this wider area with Warwick as the lead authority and is intended to deliver a more flexible service to meet the needs of businesses and residents in the region.
As part of a wider service improvement project, Dacorum Borough Council will move to Idox’s Gazetteer Management System (GMS) from their existing gazetteer supplier. The Idox GMS enables the creation of a single standardised information store for addresses and is designed to serve all of the authority’s addressing needs.
Dacorum have commissioned Idox’s Data Services Team to undertake a full data scoping exercise followed by an address matching and data migration service to enable the Idox gazetteer as the authority’s master address database.