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West Dunbartonshire Council sets digital spending plan

23/02/21

Mark Say Managing Editor

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West Dunbartonshire Council has highlighted plans to spend more than £3 million on digital technology.

Floating pound signs

It has published details after the proposals were approved by its corporate services committee last week.

The biggest share of the spend, £1.8 million, has been allocated for maintaining existing IT systems and services. The council said this will maintain its current digital offer, enabling residents to access all services online.

It includes corporate licences for Adobe and Microsoft, money for security technologies for scanning, protection and encryption, and for device, application and policy management tech.

Another £800,000 has been allocated for a review of all technology hardware, including servers, switches, wireless access points, security infrastructure, cabling, storage and multi-function printers and scanners.

In addition, the council plans to support remote education with £357,000 on replacing IT devices, £100,000 on Chromebook provision and £50,000 on increasing network bandwidth at some schools and offices.

Supporting citizens

Councillor Ian Dickson, convenor of corporate services, said: “The council is committed to providing our residents with easy access to all of the services offered. At the moment, the main access to these services is via virtual meetings, telephony and our website, and so it’s pleasing that we are investing this money to enhance our technology to create conditions that will further support our citizens.”

He added: “We must continually look at old, ageing and end of life technology and ensure we review and renew equipment and licenses that are essential to continuing services and supporting our citizens and our employees.”

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