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Welsh Government backs Powys digital strategy


Mark Say Managing Editor

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Powys County Council has been awarded £980,000 by the Welsh Government to implement its new Digital Powys strategy.

The money has been made available to support the first phase of implementation over the next two years, following its approval by the council’s cabinet this week.

It also follows a consultation process with local residents and stakeholders, carried out through an online survey, that was launched in May.

Ness Young, corporate director of resources and transformation for Powys, said: “The funding will allow us to accelerate our exciting digital transformation programme over the next two years improving customer experiences through the provision of more online services and improve the council's data capabilities. 

“It will also help us work with other authorities, share experiences and expertise accelerating the take-up of new technologies.

"The council has ambitious plans to redesign services for residents to increase the number and quality of digital services, speeding up processes and increasing customer satisfaction. The work is a key component of the council's Transformation Programme to deliver aspirations in its Vision 2025. 

"Transformation of services within local government demands high quality data and analytics and our work will lead that process. We intend using predictive analysis to better understand customer needs, provide information to support decision making and support other councils to introduce business analytics.

"We will pilot new technologies, evaluate them for colleagues in other authorities and share our experiences with others. The way local government works is changing rapidly and we intend being at the forefront of that transformation.”

The Vision 2025 document, published earlier this year, includes an emphasis on using technology to support health and social care, transforming the way the council works and helping local businesses become more competitive.

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