South Kesteven District Council (SKDC) has become the first in the country to use new technology that helps budget efficiencies and protects vital services at the same time – saving the authority £44,000.
It is the first district council in the UK to adopt a form of analytics technology that saves money, identifies service improvements and has the potential to generate a revenue income for the authority.
The data analytics system was introduced earlier this year and initial estimates suggest that it could unlock internal resources and generate capacity, which in turn could save the authority £44,000 annually.
The new system, using software development by Panintelligence, allows the most up to date information to be utilised by services across the authority. This supports the teams in their work and enables the whole organisation to gain a better understanding of the data it already has.
SKDC plans to roll out the technology across its services, from homelessness prevention and rent arrears, to housing repairs and lettings.
Deputy Leader of the council Councillor Kelham Cooke said: “The software is supporting a cultural shift in traditional local authority working.
“At a time when local authorities need to act more like businesses to continue delivering excellent services, we need to overcome traditional barriers to technology or risk being left behind.
“We know the amount of data we hold is a treasure trove of information and with the new system that data can now help us transform operations, save money and identify new revenue streams.
“We can also create additional revenue by reducing our operational costs, which translates into more and better services.”