A Babergh and Mid Suffolk database that is the first of its kind in the country was last night awarded the iESE Bronze Award in the Intelligent Council category.
The councils’ Exacom Database, which went live in December, has led to greater transparency and access to information for residents, which was recognised at the award ceremony at Church House in Westminster last night (Wednesday 6 March). The councils’ Cabinet Members for Organisational Delivery, Mid Suffolk’s Cllr Suzie Morley and Babergh’s Cllr Derek Davis, accepted the award on behalf of the councils.
The database, which gives web-users access to data on Developer Contributions for development in Babergh and Mid Suffolk going back to 1974, is the first of its kind in the country with Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils recently designated Pilot Authorities by the software’s developer.
The iESE is the public sector’s transformation partner and their annual awards, now in their tenth year, recognise outstanding transformation work in the public sector nationally. Babergh and Mid Suffolk last year won Silver iESE Awards in the Working Together category for their work.
Cllr Derek Davis, Babergh District Council Cabinet Member for Organisational Delivery, said: ““We are always looking at ways of being more transparent and helping our communities understand every aspect of the work we do. Our dedicated team of officers at Babergh and Mid-Suffolk have worked extremely closely with Exacom to make the most of new technology emerging all the time. This database is an example of how we can be more open and transparent, and it’s great to be recognised for that work: we need to keep putting information out where our residents can access it, and this award marks just the first step in becoming as transparent as possible.”
Cllr Suzie Morley, Mid Suffolk District Council Cabinet Member for Organisational Delivery, said: “New technology is making more and more information available to all of us, breaking down traditional barriers to information and giving everyone the chance to learn more. We in the public sector should be no exception to this, and our work with Exacom has shown that developer contributions can be made accessible to everyone without needing to increase our use of paper or print. The iESE’s recognition of this work is wonderful, and I hope our work with Exacom will serve as a basis for other planning authorities to develop their own databases in future.”