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News shots …. 22 March 2018



DVLA plans trailer registration service

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has revealed plans to develop an online service for the registration of trailers as part of the Brexit preparations. It is necessary for operators to comply with the requirements of EU countries.

DVLA has begun to look for a partner to work with its IT Service Creation Team to take the project to public beta by the end of this year. It is emphasising the need to employ agile methods in the development.


Scottish council workers see digital gap

Only 43% of local government workers in Scotland believe the country will achieve its vision of being recognised as a truly digital nation by 2020, according to a survey by software company Civica. It has highlighted the finding in its Dialling Scotland for digital success report.

The survey also revealed that 69% of council workers believe digital exclusion is higher in Scotland than the rest of the UK, 44% see digital connectivity as its biggest challenge, and just 20% think their organisation is using data to deliver better insights. But 40% of citizens do not trust their council or government to handle their data.


Council websites get savvy on garden waste charges

District councils in England and Northern Ireland are adapting their websites to accommodate new paid for services such as collecting garden waste, according to the Better Connected programme of public sector IT association Socitm.

It said a survey of the councils’ websites showed that 46% are providing a good or very good service in directing visitors to the what they have to do, even though in most cases the charges have been introduced only recently. It also noted that some sound apologetic about the charges while others are bullish about the value for money they provide.


ESPO plans for e-procurement framework

Public sector buying organisation ESPO has put out market feelers for a framework agreement to an e-procurement service, taking in online tendering, evaluations, auctions, contract management and vendor management under the dynamic purchasing system model. The agreement will be in place for two years beginning on 1 August and has been valued at up to £20 million.


NI Prison Service stays quiet on contractor

Northern Ireland Prison Service is withholding the name of the contractor chosen to run its Prison Record and Information System, citing security reasons. PRISM is the main repository for information on inmates and is now regarded as a business critical system.

The value of the contract was stated at £17 million in the procurement notice, and it will run for seven years with two possible extensions of four years each.

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