Hampshire County Council is to receive £3 million of government funding after being one of the largest recipients from the £89.4 million Transformation Challenge Award, designed to improve local investment in digital strategies.
The council is one of 73 successful bidders as announced by the Minister for Local Government, Kris Hopkins.
The investment is to allow the council to implement new digital strategies including the transformation and redesign of community services for the needs of the public.
Hampshire County Council leader, Councillor Roy Perry, welcomed the announcement saying, “like many other organisations, our systems and processes were formed before digital technology, and before the web existed.
Councillor Perry commented that “this crucial funding from Government is very welcome news indeed.”
“It means we can now take forward plans which will enable us to use new digital technology to drive better services at lower cost, both across the county council and with our public service partners, including district councils, the police, fire service, health and schools.
“Indeed, our ambition is to develop a customer-centred digital service that will be an exemplar, regionally and nationally.”
Cllr Perry added, “we know that demand is growing for public services, and so are the expectations of our customers – but finances continue to be stretched, and by 2017, the county council alone, will need to have found another £100m in savings.
“By developing a new, modern, digital infrastructure we can reshape how we work, and create sustainable high-quality services for the future with our partners, whilst also contributing towards our next significant savings target.”