Social workers to receive iPads in ‘cost-cutting measure’

Social workers under Nottinghamshire County Council are to be given iPads - which the council insists is a money-saving move.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 19th May 2014, 2:30 pm

Around 100 of the expensive touch-screen computers are to be handed out as part of a pilot programme to allow staff to work from anywhere using software that can be accessed off or online.

It is thought there are few, if any, local authorities outside London using a system with offline capability. The system has been devised in partnership with Vodafone.

The council says that in terms of data security, the system meets all the requirements of the Public Services Network code of connection – the recognised standard for the retention of sensitive data set by the Cabinet Office.

Every device will be encrypted and the information on the device is further encrypted.

The council, which is facing cuts of £154m over the next few years, says it is a cost-cutting measure, although the council admits there is no data analysis yet as to how much it will save.

It is part of what the council is calling its ‘Redefining Your Council’ consultation, using technology to deliver services more efficiently.

To have a say, visit the website www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/redefiningyourcouncil or fill in a form at your local library.