Councils Receive Gold Award for Digital Project During Covid
West Devon Borough and South Hams District councils' Covid-19 digital project wins at the iESE Public Sector Transformation Awards.
13:35 18 March 2022
West Devon Borough and South Hams District councils have won the gold award for their Big Picture Transformation project at the recently concluded iESE Public Sector Transformation Awards.
The local authorities' award-winning digital project was designed to speedily process grant claims of local businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. The project uses Liberty Create, a software that enables the councils to produce web forms, processes and back office system quickly without the need for experienced software engineers to write a detailed code.
The system became very useful during the pandemic as it allowed councils to easily and quickly set up an online system that businesses can use to apply for emergency grants and process them more efficiently.
Cllr Chris Edmonds, West Devon Borough Council’s lead member for resource and performance, said: ‘The platform enabled the council to respond immediately when we were required to issue much needed grants to local businesses during the pandemic. There is no doubt that it saved us time and money, but also helped us to respond to the needs of the business community when they needed us most.’