Good to share: London gets aboard the Public Services Network
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Local Government
London has become the first region in the UK to connect all its local authorities and services to the Public Services Network (PSN) as part of the government’s shared services agenda.
All 33 boroughs are now connected to the London Public Services Network (LondonPSN), an initiative coordinated by London Grid Ltd and powered by Virgin Media Business.
When first announced in January, Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude said the government hopes to save up to £500 million through the digitalisation of public services. On average, an online service is 20 times cheaper than a phone transaction, 30 times cheaper than by post and 50 times cheaper than face-to-face.
The shared network, as well as supporting schools and other public sector bodies, provides local authorities across the capital with essential local access to facilities such as the Department of Work and Pensions. It also encourages data and service sharing across all borough councils, improving efficiency and allowing staff to work more flexibly.
Virgin executive sales director Mario Di Mascio said: “Creating one single network for London councils is a huge step in the right direction towards a truly connected capital. Bringing these boroughs together is not only bringing huge cost savings, but is ensuring that for the first time Londoners can benefit from a completely connected city and its streamlined services.”