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Govtech Solutions Limited statement – Response to the DWP letters addressing ‘Use of Robotics solutions’

Govtech Solutions Ltd – Response to the DWP letters addressing ‘Use of Robotics solutions’

In light of the recent letters our customers have received from the Department for Work and Pensions, we would like to clarify and provide reassurance to councils that, here at Govtech, we do not use robots or robotic processes in our service provision and delivery. Here, our Operations Director Nigel Phillips provides an explanation for Govtech customers, covering some uncertainties about the use of robots.

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Managing priorities throughout a pandemic, with Plymouth City Council blog post

Managing priorities throughout a pandemic, with Plymouth City Council

With our thanks to Emma Rose, Strategic Development Manager, with overall responsibility for Customer Services, Revenues and Welfare.

Early in 2020, Plymouth City Council began to implement Govtech’s webCAPTURE service, deploying a suite of Revenues forms developed in the Granicus govService customer experience platform, with full back-off integration and automated processing in the Capita Revenues system.

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Partnerships and longevity; latest customer renewals

It’s been a busy year end, but we’re grateful that Bedford Borough Council, City of Edinburgh Council, Dudley Council, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Milton Keynes Council, North Ayrshire Council, Northampton Borough Council, Northumberland County Council, Reigate and Banstead Borough Council and South Ayrshire Council, have all chosen to renew our digital process automation services.

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Do you think about a company’s culture blog post

Do you think about a company’s culture or organisational fit when choosing a supplier? Can you, should you?

In my almost 32 years of Local Authority experience I am still intrigued to learn how important company culture is to make long lasting relationships with suppliers. If I look back at all the ITTs I worked on, both developing and evaluating, as then as a bidder, they were all designed to be scored against criteria that could differentiate the offerings and be assessed against strict objective measures; this was obviously the essential nature of the tender design and would stand up to scrutiny of rigour and fairness if challenged. But during the process how much did people’s own personal feelings towards a company’s approach or their people still influence their final decision? If it did, is this wrong or inevitable?

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New generic discount application form

New Generic Discount Application Form Goes Into govService in Kirklees

New Generic Discount Application Form Goes Into govService in Kirklees 

Kirklees Council has completed testing and will deploy a new Generic Discount Application Form for citizens. Govtech utilised the advanced features of Granicus’s govService Service Designer, the leading online e-forms and self-service solution for local government, to deliver a fully dynamic and comprehensive pre-built online form for Discount applications.

The form is pre-built and ready to be deployed via govService, enabling the complementary digital process automation service to be rapidly implemented 

The council is currently agreeing with Govtech the specification of a Multi-debt Special Payment Arrangement form for deployment later this year.

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Service upgrade

Major Upgrade of Large Landlord Schedule Functionality

Govtech Announces Major Upgrade of Large Landlord Schedule Functionality 

Govtech has announced a significant upgrade of its Landlord’s Schedule digital process automation service for councils. It imports lists of tenancy changes sent weekly by large landlords, typically as spreadsheets or CSV files, and automates processing of the changes in the Revenues system, treating each as an individual notification. Optionally, it also flags these as changes in circumstances in the Benefits system.

Rather than support a limited range of formats for Landlord’s Schedule, Govtech has announced it will extend its transformation routines to import Landlord’s Schedules in whatever format these are issued to Councils. This will remove the need for hundreds of tenancy changes to be manually processed each week. Between one third and one half of all address change notifications received by councils are submitted by large or small landlords. All will now be fully automated by webCAPTURE.

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Renews contract

Bradford Renews webCAPTURE for a further 4 years

Bradford Renews webCAPTURE for a further 4 years 

The City of Bradford MDC has renewed its webCAPTURE digital process automation service for Council Tax and Business rates for a further 4 years, via G-Cloud 11. As part of the new contract, the council will deploy additional webCAPTURE modules to automate changes of tenancy notifications submitted by landlords, and student discount applications. 

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Partnership

Ealing and Northampton Councils Extend UCDS

Ealing and Northampton Councils Extend UCDS

Ealing Council and Northampton BC have extended their contracts with Northgate Public Services for provision of Govtech’s Universal Credit Digital Service, each for a further 12 months. As the Covid-19 lockdown leads to a huge increase in the number of people in receipt of Universal Credit, UCDS will play an increasingly important role in ensuring that councils stay on top of a work stream that is beginning to rapidly increase in size.

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