A further three local authorities will implement an Idox service designed specifically to deliver efficiencies for both councils and their customers when submitting and processing licensing applications.
Local authorities in Bexley, Newport and Barnet are transitioning to Idox’s iApply – the only national platform offering a single point of access for all local government online applications – allowing them to effectively manage and process licensing applications in their areas, while delivering an enhanced online service to their citizens.
This timely adoption comes just months before new legislation surrounding the licensing of houses in multiple occupation (HMO) is introduced – a change likely to present significant time, management and resource challenges for local authorities.
The Government predicts the extension in scope of the HMO licensing scheme – expected to be implemented later this year – will bring an additional 141,000 properties into the licensing remit. Councils that are implementing Additional Licensing Schemes or even Selective Licensing Schemes under the Housing Act 2004 could see numbers rise from hundreds of licensable HMOs to thousands in an effort to improve housing conditions.
These forthcoming legislative changes are a key driver prompting many local authorities to review their digital capabilities, ensuring they have the right tools in place to manage the expected hike in licensing applications submitted for approval.
Idox is experienced in providing innovative digital solutions to help councils overcome the challenges of increased demand and need and growing online expectations. The iApply service offers a fully-digitised process, allowing citizens to complete, share, pay for and submit applications online with ease, making the licensing process quicker, more efficient and cost-effective for all parties involved. The service currently supports application submission and processing in the areas of planning, building control and licensing.
You can learn more about the expected impact of the new HMO legislation by reading our HMO market update.
For more information, please visit the iApply website.
Carers in Stockton-On-Tees will soon benefit from a new online hub, which will provide easy access to information, advice and local services, all designed to support them in their valuable roles.
The Carers’ Hub, from Idox’s Open Objects, provides an intuitive staged journey for carers to register, explore information and support options, as well as engage in an online assessment of their needs. The new assessment, designed in consultation with over 50 local authorities across England, will ensure a holistic carer-centred approach to looking at the potential impact of supporting family, friends and neighbours.
In response to the new duties introduced by the Care Act 2014, the Carers’ Hub will put Stockton at the forefront of engaging and empowering carers, whilst delivering significant process efficiencies through real channel shift. Zoe Flood, Commissioning Officer for Business Development and Performance explained: “Stockton Council is delighted to be implementing the Carers Hub as a new channel of the Stockton Information Directory. The Carers Hub allows Carers in Stockton to access more targeted information, advice and services, as well as being an important tool for professionals to support carers in their valuable role. Stockton Council is committed to improving services for Carers, and the Carers Hub is a key part of that improvement.”
Chris Evans, Health & Social Care Project Manager for Open Objects, further explains: “We’ve been working with Stockton Council to deliver a solution that helps them to give Carers more control by providing access to resources, without always having to go through an assessment first. Of course, where appropriate, online self-assessment is available, but by offering information earlier in the process, communities can self-serve to find the information they need, and choose how they interact with the local authority.”
For more information visit: Carers’ Hub
Leith Links – one of 44 Community Councils within the City of Edinburgh – recently went to the polls to elect 12 members from 17 candidates.
Having previously worked together, Edinburgh partnered with Idox Elections once again to deliver their 2016 elections, which included the provision of print services for poll cards and e-voting.
Poll cards with unique voting credentials were delivered to 8,500 electors in Leith Links, providing electors with options to vote online or via the traditional postal pack. By supporting online voting, Idox Elections offers citizens the choice and convenience to vote electronically in a fully-secure environment, at a time and place convenient to them.
On polling day, the polling station was equipped with two touch-screen laptops which were securely linked to the voting system, accommodating those who wanted to vote online but were unable to because they had no internet access at home.
Donald Burgess, Postal Voting Manager at City of Edinburgh Council said; “Online voting increased voter participation and results were available for publishing within 15 minutes of polling closing.
Throughout the process, the Idox staff were easy to work with and readily demonstrated their professionalism and knowledge.”
Idox Elections has over 23 years of experience delivering end-to-end elections solutions. Our team of experts have combined their wealth of experience and knowledge to provide our customers with the high levels of service and quality this specialist sector demands.
For further information about our elections portfolio, please visit the dedicated Idox Elections pages.
Suffolk County Council has announced it will be the fifth local authority to join a programme aimed at putting young people and their families back at the centre of the Education, Health and Care (EHC) process.
Idox’s Open Objects – a leading provider of digital solutions to the UK social care and health sector and pioneer of the EHC Hub – will work with Suffolk’s team to enable the implementation of a new digital approach to EHC pathways, granting families in Suffolk with a level of transparency that has previously been unavailable until now.
Developed in partnership with local authorities, the EHC Hub will allow Suffolk County Council to transform the way requests for EHC plans are managed, monitored, tracked and shared between all relevant organisations in the application process.
By providing a secure digital touchpoint for everyone involved in the 20-week EHC process, including young people themselves, the Hub delivers a more person-centric approach empowering all parties to contribute and improving communication at every stage.
Judith Mobbs, Assistant Director for Inclusion and Skills Children and Young Peoples’ Directorate at Suffolk County Council said: “Suffolk is committed to ensuring that we have a clear and transparent Education, Health and Care (EHC) process, which places co-production with families at the centre. We are excited to be working with Open Objects to deliver a portal providing a digital approach, which is accessible to families and practitioners. This will be key to developing and maintaining good quality EHC plans and will ensure better outcomes for children and young people.”
The Council’s EHC case coordinators will also benefit from a simple and secure method of requesting advice from professionals. With smart templates developed in conjunction with local authority partners, the Hub paves the way for a truly collaborative approach to EHC assessment planning for the team in Suffolk.
Gavin Cameron, Managing Director at Open Objects said: “Our EHC Hub is an innovative new approach to the EHC pathway, designed to engage families and offer significant efficiencies to local authorities through smarter working and information sharing. For the first time, families can track the progress of their personal EHC journey online, access their information at any time on a fully-mobile, responsive platform and directly contribute to the assessment and planning through our unique multimedia spaces.”
Open Objects will work with Suffolk County Council to implement the new digital approach ready for the 2017/18 academic year. The Council joins the EHC Hub programme alongside Hampshire County Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Nottinghamshire County Council and the London Borough of Waltham Forest.
For more information about the EHC Hub, visit: http://www.openobjects.com/care/ehc
Working towards the Government’s goal of achieving a paperless NHS by 2020, NHS Trusts nationwide are met with the challenges of planning a transition to Electronic Document Management (EDM).
However, given the significant costs associated with full digitalisation, and with many still tracking patient records manually, NHS Trusts are turning to healthcare logistics management to provide tighter control over paper-based records and improve processes.
In this article, we take a look at how Idox Health’s iFIT™ technology – the only application fully compliant with all GS1 keys – is helping to dramatically reduce the time hospital staff spend tracking, searching and filing records, with one NHS Trust achieving 85% of its business case in just five months of using the platform.
Already tracking over 13 million live healthcare records across 12 sites, we discuss how the platform could help other NHS Trusts improve their medical records management and reduce costs whilst delivering a better patient experience.
Want to read more? Read the full article: Making digital technology work for NHS Trusts – how logistics management is impacting on cost improvement programmes
Idox are specialists in developing and delivering digital solutions to the public sector. In transport specifically, our technology is helping customers derive valuable data and insights to support the evolution of their services and deliver an enhanced citizen experience.
In this article, Idox’s Steven McGinty looks at how additional digital innovations are used in the transport industry, providing the data and tools needed to help transform the way people travel.
SciSports, a client of Idox funding solution Vindsubsidies, has won a large grant from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for its prestigious BallJames project, focused on bringing 3D data to the world of professional football. With a computer vision solution comparable to a big MRI scan, the team at SciSports is aiming to change ‘the beautiful game’ radically with its latest work.
The high-tech startup has developed an innovative system that instantly transforms a stadium, or any environment, into something like a large MRI scan, using fourteen cameras to record everything that happens on the pitch and turning it into real-time 3D data.
What is Leicester City lacking this season? BallJames generates answers…
Simon Cals, the Manchester-based UK representative of SciSports comments: “The football world is fast becoming increasingly adaptive to the use of data analytics to gain a competitive advantage, but the data currently available is heavily incomplete and inaccurate. How did Leicester manage to over-perform for such an extensive period last year? How big was Kante's role in their achievements? And what is it exactly the team is lacking this season? The new data BallJames generates can help answer these questions.”
Tracking 3D data in what is known as ‘streaming captured reality’, the technology delivers the equipment required for a completely new football viewing experience and provides extremely valuable insights for coaches and scouts, sports performance analysis departments, sports federations and regulatory bodies, broadcasting companies and the gaming and gambling industry. Such insights are anticipated to greatly influence and change the outlook and understanding of the international, professional football world.
International impact convinced grant jury
SciSports was awarded the European grant due to project impact and innovation. The team won over the European grant jury with the ambition to conquer the international football market with BallJames. In addition, the trust and tangible input from external investors – representing a total investment amount of €1.3m – demonstrates the market's enthusiasm for this groundbreaking project, judged the evaluators of the EDRF.
BallJames – from innovative idea to investment
Marnix Smit, a Vindsubsidies consultant and former professional football player, headed up the consultancy team that provided the support and expertise to guide SciSports through the ERDF grant application process. He commented: “The BallJames project is all about turning data into knowledge for the benefit of an industry. It showcases just what an innovative idea can do when combined with digital technologies and a strong consultative approach. The Vindsubsidies team is proud to have supported such a great concept and to have helped SciSports realise their project ambition with the European grant win. We’ve believed in this project from the start and look forward to seeing what the future will hold for this kind of technology.”
Vindsubsidies will continue to support SciSports with the administrative activities of the grant process, including financial accountability.
Along with additional funds secured from external investors, the grant makes it possible for SciSports to develop BallJames into a market-ready product, expected to be launched internationally within a few years. For further details, visit the BallJames project website.For more information about our funding solutions and consultancy services, please visit the dedicated funding pages.
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board will extend its health records logistics coverage to a second hospital in the region following the successful rollout of iFIT™ at its Wrexham Maelor site.
The decision to expand the service to Ysbyty Gwynedd hospital in Bangor was accelerated following the Health Board’s reporting of significant savings just weeks after implementing the tracking and business management solution at its first hospital last November.
After only two weeks, the solution from Idox Health generated savings of 50% in filing patient health records, and led to around a 30% reduction in overall effort in the records library.
By using iFIT™, the hospital team at Wrexham Maelor have an automated, intuitive and process-led system that tracks and manages all paper-based records within the hospital’s facilities via passive Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags. Besides allowing the Health Records staff to retrieve and file records at a faster rate, the results of implementing iFIT have also included a reduction in the occurrences of missing files, a decrease in staff time searching for them, as well as improved audit trails.
Danielle Edwards, Head of Digital Records for the Health Board said, “We are fully committed to delivering the benefits we have experienced in Wrexham Maelor to all of our main sites and are exploring with colleagues at Idox Health the full product range to support improved patient outcomes”.
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board runs services that span a large area meaning transporting patient records, supplies and clinical and non-clinical assets across hospital settings can prove costly. iFIT™ works across sites, supporting streamlined processes and allowing teams to collaborate more efficiently to improve the patient experience. The technology’s integration with the Welsh PAS will also pave the way towards a full electronic patient record.
Steve Wightman, Sales and Marketing Director at Idox Health commented, “The speed at which we have rolled into phase two of this project is a testament to the benefits being derived by the Board and the desire of the Board project team to make an even bigger impact”.
Beyond the scope of paper records, the Health Board has the opportunity to utilise iFIT™ to track medical devices, beds, pharmaceutical supplies, pathology samples and vulnerable patients. This will offer further cost efficiencies, improve the service provided to the patient and reduce clinical risk.
To find out more about iFIT™ and its current use across the health sector, please visit the dedicated Idox Health product page.
Reading Room has delivered an innovative digital presence for ŠKODA UK, supporting the launch of a new national identity for the car brand.
The team worked closely with ŠKODA UK to reimagine its mobile presence in a project turnaround time of just two months. With over 40% of traffic to the sites of UK automotive brands now from a smartphone, the mobile element was a key focus area for the project.
The new website and mobile experience delivers a brand-led and progressive look and feel, reflecting ŠKODA UK’s vision and focus towards customer-led positioning. Enhanced usability sits at the heart of the work, with the site’s layout, functionality and structure all designed to be as intuitive as possible for the mobile user.
The new site has launched successfully, with future enhancements already planned to optimise the platform and support the brand in meeting its ambitious growth targets.
John Davies, Managing Director of Reading Room said: “The team wanted to create a digital presence that was just as ambitious and exciting as ŠKODA’s new brand direction. The end product is a great example of the collaborative efforts from across the agency covering strategy, user experience, design and technology, with all of us poised to continue to evolve the site and push the brand even further digitally”.
In addition to the new web and mobile presence, ŠKODA UK’s brand campaign – ‘Driven by Something Different’ – launched on 4 February 2017, supported by a new TV advert fronted by Sir Bradley Wiggins. The advert debuted during the England vs France Six Nations rugby match at Twickenham Stadium the same day.
To find out more about Reading Room and its range of services, please visit www.readingroom.com
The team at Idox Compliance has developed the ‘Integrity Compass’ to support organisations with establishing a strong compliance culture across their workforce.
Developed in collaboration with the Center for Business Compliance & Integrity at the University of Konstanz, the new tool provides the means to tackle issues around compliance accountability and implementation, responding to regulatory requirements such as the Criminal Finance Bill which makes boards criminally liable for a range of ‘white collar’ crimes committed by their employees.
Michael Kayser, managing director of Idox Compliance explains: “Accountability in all areas is key to modern business. At Idox Compliance we can help ensure that compliance issues are adhered to and conveyed in tangible, measurable ways that will benefit both staff and the board when it comes to delivering awareness, transparency and reliable integrity.”
By offering a web-based data collection and evaluation tool for measuring employees’ understanding of their company’s approach to ethics and compliance, the Integrity Compass provides quantitative statements about the knowledge, acceptance and awareness of compliance and integrity initiatives among company managers and employees.
Taking on board the factual data, the tool reveals strengths and weaknesses and offers tips on how a company can optimise their compliance management systems to ensure employees and partners are kept up to scratch with compliance ethics. Results are presented in useful dashboards and provide opportunities for benchmarking and year-on-year analysis of progress across each of the metrics.
Greater awareness of all aspects of compliance is part of reinforcing business integrity and good governance. Idox Compliance can help protect an organisation’s values, reputation and competitive advantage by supporting integrity, ethics and compliance awareness and understanding.
Reading Room has been recognised as a top 10 business-to-business agency in a leading industry report.
The B2B Agencies Benchmarking Report 2016-2017, published by B2B Marketing, is a respected annual paper that looks at the state of the B2B marketing industry.
Alongside research and insights into the market, the report ranks the UK's top 75 B2B marcomms agencies based on a number of criteria, allowing readers to identify the best partners for their organisation.
Reading Room, an Idox company, works with organisations and brands both in the UK and internationally. From websites and apps, to digital content and online platforms, the agency helps organisations better engage with key audiences through a consultative approach combining expertise in strategy, design and technology.
The agency works with a wide variety of clients across the public and private sectors, including London Councils, West Yorkshire Police, Nationwide Building Society, Visit England and Taylor Wimpey.
Reading Room’s work for another client, ŠKODA UK, was awarded the top honour of gold for Best use of Mobile and Portable Devices category at the Digital Impact Awards.
Danielle Howe of B2B Marketing comments: "These agencies are responsible for the fantastic creativity and results we see in B2B marketing, and their contributions to the industry are absolutely vital."
For more information about the B2B Agencies Benchmarking Report 2016-2017, download the full report.
For further information about Reading Room, please visit: www.readingroom.com
In a recent local government by-election held in Glasgow, Idox was on hand to provide eCount and Postal Vote Management Services (PVMS).
Scotland adopts the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system, making it possible for the electorate to vote for every candidate in order of preference. This is considerably more complex than the first past the post system where the public votes for just one candidate.
Due to this complexity, manual voting in an STV election can take significantly longer and may delay the declaration of the result. With Idox Elections’ e-Counting solution, scanning ballot papers can be achieved in a fraction of the time of manual counting and calculations take just minutes, improving the accuracy and auditability of results.
Upcoming work for Idox Elections
Off the back of a successful 2016, 2017 is shaping up to be another exciting year for Idox Elections with the delivery of Scottish Local Elections, English Mayoral and County Council Elections.
As a trusted elections supplier in Scotland, we have once again been selected to deliver our eCount solution to all 32 local authorities in the Scottish Local Elections. We will also print and deliver all of the ballot books and postal packs for such elections. In addition, our work will extend to produce and provide over 1 million poll cards, as well as deliver our PVMS solution, to over 50 per cent of Scottish local authorities.
Would you like to find out more about our dedicated elections services?
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Socitm’s Better Connected programme has released its latest survey results, which evaluated the digital performance of 353 council websites across the UK, specifically focusing on tasks relating to building control.
The survey found that 34% of Scottish sites and 43% of sites in the rest of the UK (the systems are slightly different), to be good or very good for the task 'apply for building control'.
Responding to the results, Chris Kendall, Digital Strategy Owner at Idox said:
“Idox’s support of the Better Connected programme is all about putting the citizen back at the heart of public service delivery. We acknowledge that at a time of great digital change, councils need to know how and why they can transform their services for the better with the help of digital technologies.”
Better Connected made a series of recommendations in a corresponding report to help councils improve the customer experience of completing building control tasks online.
Advice is geared around simplifying and streamlining the customer journey wherever possible, reducing advertising and ‘hard sell’ space and making information clear and concise with instructions and online FAQs to an audience that expect to find answers to their questions 24/7.
Kendall added: “Our current work here in the area of building control has not just been about analysing how councils support the submission of applications, it’s about identifying and understanding where we can partner with those councils to make the whole submission process easier for their customers and for themselves. Providing enhanced customer journeys not only offers better citizen engagement that meets the growing expectations of internet users, it recognises time, resource and cost-savings for the council itself. Armed with industry and technology knowledge, we’re aiming for mutually-beneficial digital transformation.”
Idox’s partnership with Better Connected will support an ongoing programme of work aimed at identifying and developing online best practice in key areas of local government.
This commitment to accelerating digital transformation is supported by a host of digital products, including solutions such as online application service iApply and new role-based app suite OnSite, all aimed at creating enhanced customer journeys and council savings.
The results of the building control/standards surveys are available to view online. Individual councils can find their results from the council index page here.
The ‘all council’ reports can be accessed by following the links from: Better Connected.
The next Idox-sponsored survey will focus on Licensing. Results are expected in the spring.
Idox is pleased to announce that it has completed the acquisition of 6PM Holdings plc (6PM), an international provider of specialist software solutions for the healthcare market.
6PM delivers a broad range of innovative systems which are researched and developed, often in partnership with clinicians and healthcare trusts, with the specific aim of fostering efficiency and ease of use. In the face of increasing demand for healthcare services, hospitals and clinics use 6PM to free up budget and spend more time on patient welfare.
Idox already provides facilities management solutions to a number of NHS trusts in the U.K., and views the acquisition of 6PM as a significant step forward in establishing the group’s credentials in the sector.
“Idox has always been very focused on identifying areas where the smart use of software can improve public services – whether through efficient back-end systems or through thoughtfully designed user interfaces.” comments Idox CEO, Andrew Riley.
“This acquisition allows us to gain a firm foothold in the healthcare market, where these principles are even more pertinent. 6PM brings to Idox both a range of market-leading products, and a number of talented innovative people. We are excited by the opportunity this gives us to accelerate our growth and delight our customers at the same time!”
6PM will become known as Idox Health.
East Cheshire NHS Trust has selected CAFM Explorer, Idox’s leading facilities management software, to help improve efficiency, transparency and decision-making across its three hospital sites in Macclesfield, Congleton and Knutsford.
The Trust will use CAFM Explorer, an all-in-one software solution, to replace a number of disparate data management systems, making it significantly easier for the estate team to manage every aspect of their facilities. Using an integrated database to store information across all facilities and properties, the new system gives the Trust greater visibility of their assets, enabling better-informed strategic decision-making and vastly improved reporting.
Mobile capability within CAFM Explorer will also provide the Trust’s estate team with flexibility to access information on the move, increasing both productivity and communication.
East Cheshire NHS Trust is one of over 300 clients using CAFM Explorer to deliver safe, efficient and compliant facilities. The Trust’s transition to the software solution extends Idox’s reach to over 30% of the healthcare market, where it supports a range of organisations with their digital transformation goals.
Cloud Amber is pleased to confirm its success in the Government’s Low Emission Freight and Logistics Trial as announced by Transport Minister, John Hayes.
As one of only 20 organisations selected to receive a share in the £20 million programme, Cloud Amber (an Idox company) was recognised as an organisation capable of supporting the Government’s target to cut emissions and improve air quality.
The winning project, developed by Cloud Amber in conjunction with Checkedsafe, is centred around ground-breaking smartphone application Greenwave – the only solution of its type in existence.
The application uses traffic signal data to transform fleet driver behaviour by encouraging them to drive in a more efficient manner via gamification. Drivers are awarded a green score each time they drive, based on both their driving style and how they approach traffic signals. Points accumulate over the month with a monthly league board rewarding the driver with the highest score.
Cloud Amber’s Head of Transport Richard Thurbin, commented: “The development of Greenwave demonstrates that we are committed to supporting the Government’s agenda to meeting the UK’s CO2 reduction and zero emission targets. There is no known solution of this type in existence – which uses data feeds from existing infrastructure to provide drivers with live updates enabling them to change their driving style. We are excited to see what the future will hold for this type of innovative, transport management solution.”
The solution will be deployed as a trial on 12 Masternaut-equipped vehicles in Amey's Birmingham Highways utility contract over a 6-month period to monitor the impact on MPG and vehicle emissions. The aim being to deliver a 10% reduction in monthly fuel costs and CO2 emissions.
Transport Minister John Hayes said: “It is fantastic that Cloud Amber is willing to explore low and zero emission technologies, which will help improve air quality and reduce pollution in towns and cities.
“This is yet another important significant step towards this government’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions from transport to help tackle climate change. We are already making headway through our investment in low emission vehicles, greener public transport and walking and cycling, as well as grants for innovative advanced biofuels projects.”
For more information about Cloud Amber’s wider portfolio of transport solutions, please visit: www.cloudamber.idoxgroup.com
The new ‘30 Hours’ free childcare policy launches throughout England in September 2017. It will offer working parents of three and four year olds government funding for nursery and childminder places, resulting in savings of up to £5,000 per year.
In support of the scheme, the Department for Education (DfE) has also announced £2.15m technology funding available to local authorities to implement digital systems that will administer and manage the scheme. It is accepting applications for funding until 31 January 2017 and encouraging councils to submit as soon as possible to maximise the likelihood of success.
Eight local authorities are early implementers, piloting the scheme. One of the key findings of the pilot to date is that regular and transparent communication to parents and early years providers is essential. The pilot has also found that digital solutions are key to meeting tight timescales.
Open Objects has developed its Early Years Provider Hub to provide a secure, digital solution that makes it easier for local authorities to work with childcare providers to implement and manage the 30 hours policy. It brings local childcare providers and council Early Years teams into a single, shared digital space.
The Hub meets all the DfE requirements for IT solutions which can be supported under the Digital Accelerate funding and includes:
- Instant validation of eligibility codes
- Automatic re-checking of codes and notifications of changes for each registered child
- Easy submission of funding claims
- Automatic calculation of payments and integration with the back office
- Full audit trail for Early Years team reporting and claims analysis
Additionally, it extends the provider engagement possibilities to include:
- Easy gathering of annual Census data from providers
- Pupil progress tracking for the Early Years Foundation stage
- Easy flow of all provider-collected data back into the Council
The Knowledge Exchange is the information and intelligence arm of Idox. Over the past forty years, this established information service has been the first port of call for policymakers and practitioners across the UK, providing useful intelligence on public and social policy and practice.
In our latest article, Idox’s Stacey Dingwall reports on The Knowledge Exchange’s partnership with Skills Development Scotland in managing Research Online, which provides free access to labour market information and research sourced from around the world.
Want to find out more? Click here to read the full article.
In the second article in our building control series, we explain how the building control profession is responding to the challenges of skills shortages, demographic change and inclusivity.
From the sector’s humble beginnings to the demands and expectations of a modern-day building control workforce, Idox’s James Carson covers the key factors encouraging the next generation of building control professionals.
Read the full piece on the Idox blog: Constructing a modern, diverse building control profession
Recent media reports have indicated that the Government is preparing new proposals to prevent electoral fraud, including the introduction of ID checks at polling stations.
Pilot schemes are expected to be announced early this year, in response to the 2016 report by the Government’s anti-corruption tsar, Sir Eric Pickles. Securing the ballot: review into electoral fraud recommended changes to the rules on electoral administration which included: requiring voters to produce a passport, driving licence or utility bill as evidence of their identity; nationality checks; and a requirement to use only English or Welsh in polling stations. The full recommendations were covered in Idox’s previous short paper on trust and security in electoral management.
The new rules are also expected to ban political campaigners from handing in ballot papers on behalf of postal voters who have missed the deadline.
Securing the ballot
The proposals have been welcomed by Idox Elections who, for more than two decades, has provided systems to deliver modern democracy in a flexible and trusted manner.
Meeting the demands of election officials, candidates and the electorate, Idox Elections provides administrative services to respond to the changing needs of the UK and international electoral services market.
The proposed changes will reinforce the systems which Idox has put in place to guard against electoral fraud:
- Idox Individual Electoral Registration provides the tools to manage the process of application verification required to add voters to the electoral register.
- Idox Selcheck enables Returning Officers to compare 100% of signatures and dates of birth on returned Postal Vote Statements with stored masters. In addition, Idox Selcheck allows Returning Officers to conduct full checks on failed signatures against other postal voters for electors, property, postcode and district.
- The Idox Postal Vote Management Solution (PVMS) allows for the scanning and verification of all postal ballot papers and accompanying Postal Vote Statements, to ensure that only authentic votes are put forward for the count. PVMS enables accurate processing of 100% of postal packs issued and detailed reporting to allow councils to submit required returns to the Electoral Commission
Delivering democracy with accuracy and security
Voting is one of the most important rights a citizen can hold. As we saw in 2016, choosing where to put an X on a ballot paper – or choosing not to participate – can result in seismic changes that will influence the course of a country for decades to come. It’s important, therefore, that the electorate can put its trust in the way that democratic polls are delivered.
As further challenges emerge, the experienced team at Idox Elections will continue to ensure that democracy is well served with accuracy and security.
Want to find out more? Visit our dedicated Elections pages today or meet the team at the 2017 AEA Annual Conference, (5-7 February, Brighton).