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Automation Delivers Real Transformation for Neath Port Talbot Council

Robotic process automation (RPA) is transforming council’s back-office operations to enhance the services they provide to citizens, whilst delivering large cost savings.

HR departments offer huge potential to implement the technology due to the high volume of highly repetitive, administrative tasks. In this latest case study discover how RPA:

  • Reduced cost-per-transaction for DBS requests & returns from £1.50-10p & £1.11-5p
  • Reduced process time for employee change requests from 5 minutes to less than 2
  • Handled over 12,000 transactions since August 18,saving over 1,000 hours

Read the full case study here

Editor’s choice of other ICT items of note:

techUK:  Dispute over French DST shows the importance of a multilateral fix

techUK:  Complete our GovTech SME Survey

ICO Blog: The Data Protection Fee - does your company need to pay?

NCSC:  CyberFirst Girls Competition registration open

NCA:  International law enforcement operation exposes the world’s most harmful cyber crime group

SME Supplier Locator update...

UK Government and public sector spend with SME’s is continually on the increase and by 2020, it is the stated intent of Cabinet Office that £1 of every £3 spent on government contracts goes to SME’s. 

Against this ambitious backdrop, the WiredGov Supplier Locator service has been developed specifically to embrace the SME Agenda and provide the ideal platform for SME’s to promote their services, solutions, accreditation and success stories directly to our ever increasing audience across all government and public sector verticals and Tier 1 suppliers.

Recent arrivals to the SME Supplier Locator service include:

Click here to find out more.


Editor’s choice of other Health, Social care & Homelessness related items of note:

DHSC:  Monkeypox case confirmed in England

NHS England:  NHS warning as winter vomiting bug closes 1,000 hospital beds

ScotGov:  Improving perinatal mental health

WAG:  Multi-£m boost for Cystic Fibrosis centre announced

Innovation Agency:  Bruin wins Bionow Product of the Year

Unite: Frimley NHS trust staff to strike for three more days over hived-off ‘tax avoiding’ company

WAG:  New rules ensures vulnerable people are provided with housing

Editor’s choice of other Business / Commercial items of note:

Defra:  New animal & plant health safety rules coming into force in December

MHCLG:  Bellwin scheme activated to support local communities in Herefordshire affected by flooding

ScotGov:  Fire safety guidance for high-rise homes

RLA:  Meet the landlord spreading festive cheer this Christmas

Crown Commercial Service:  Workforce Alliance

NEPO launch procurement process for national building materials solution

Editor’s choice of other Policy & General items of note:

RUSI:  The British Public Still Believes in NATO – Even if Most Cannot Say What It Does

RUSI:  We Need to Relearn How to do Deterrence

LGA:  Worrying smoke alarm ‘failure’ rate prompts safety warning

WAG:  Thinking of getting a pet this Christmas? 5 things you should consider before you go any further…

TfL Rail will operate services to Reading from 15 December

TfL:  Londoners encouraged to get home safely during the festive period

Citizens Advice:  Parcel delivery companies must do more for disabled consumers, Citizens Advice says

ScotGov:  Improving housing rights for disabled people

WAG:  Adapting our nation to climate change - WAG publishes climate change adaptation plan

Action Fraud:  Courier fraud warning after couple scammed by criminals posing as police officers

PX:  Policy Exchange - Time to plant – and harvest – more trees

Demos:  Researchers need to work harder to combat misinformation online, says Demos

NIESR: Boosting digital infrastructure will help close regional gaps

MEPs call on Russia to stop illegitimate prosecution of Lithuanian judges


 More contributions to the Brexit process

Still a ‘hot topic’, with widely spread views:

Researched Links:

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GOV.UK Brexit Search

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EU News:  Take part in our survey on the implementation of Free Trade Agreements

OE: How do trade agreements affect immigration policy?

B4B:  Brexit looks Safe for the Time Being

B4B:  Remainers’ Democratic Deceit

B4B:  Labour’s Leave Deal

B4B:  Ring down the curtain: La commedia è finite

B4B:  What Price Democracy Now?

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