Making a Virtue of the Virtual

Making a Virtue of the Virtual

Do you issue any of the following notices:-  planning consultations; highways works notifications; NHS consultations; Police Authorities, Fire and Rescue Services public notices or accounts statements?

Improvement Agency (Scotland) has estimated that Scottish Local Authorities spend £6-8 million annually to publish statutory notices in local and national newspapers. Statutory notices include planning consultations, highways works notifications NHS consultations, Police Authorities, Fire and Rescue Services public notices and accounts statements.

Scottish Public Services (Improvement Service) have worked with Private Sector Digital Agencies to develop an approach which has the potential to reduce the costs of statutory (and non-statutory) press advertising and increase exposure and access to this valuable public information. There are opportunities for:

  • Reduction of current statutory notice publishing costs by 20-30%
  • Greater savings by moving statutory entirely online
  • Back office efficiency savings from better administration of statutory notices
  • Increasing public access to notices through digital channels
  • Linking with other online offerings to provide a wider picture of local activities, both public, private and voluntary sector (hyper-local sites websites).

The Wales Audit Office, WLGA, Good Practice Wales and Improvement Agency (Scotland) held a free, interactive seminar to bring together the most up-to-date practices from across Scotland. Delegates shared and learnt from the Scottish Public Services. By the end of the seminar, delegates were able to select from and adapt approaches to suit their own organisation’s public notices (PINS) needs, enabling them to achieve more with less.

Who was the seminar aimed at?

  • Local Authorities: Legal Services; Planning; Licencing; General Notices; Digital Inclusion Officers;
  • Public Sector Highways Departments;
  • Welsh Government Officers;
  • NHS Wales: Patient & Public Consultation Groups and Community Health Councils;
  • National Parks;
  • Police Authorities and
  • Fire and Rescue Services

Seminar outline

The Seminar included:

It also included:

When and where

Thursday 13th March 2014, 10:00 – 16:00,
SWALEC Stadium, Sophia Walk, Cardiff CF11 9SZ