Web technology for local councils

The Old Rectory

Contact: 2commune Limited
The Old Rectory, Main Street
Glenfield, Leicestershire

Tel: 0116 412 0034

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Are you still using Windows 7?

Are you still using Windows 7?

Posted: Thu, 17 Jan 2019 18:00 by Ray Smith

Mainstream support for Windows 7 stopped four years ago, in January 2015. Since then users have continued to receive security updates and bug fixes, but no new features.

Security updates and bug fixes for Windows 7 will end on January 14th 2020 (just one year from now). After this time your computer will not be secure, yet around one-third of all personal computers are still running the near ten-year old operating system.

Microsoft's date for the end of support will also encourage software vendors to stop supporting Windows 7, which could mean that applications such as accounting systems and websites could also stop working, too.

If you haven't already upgraded to Windows 10 now is the time to do it!

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Christmas Message from 2commune

Christmas Message from 2commune

Posted: Tue, 19 Dec 2017 16:30 by Ray Smith

We've had another fantastic year thanks to you (our customers), it's been great working with you all. The 2017 User Group was the first big event of the year. This was a roaring success and we're now busy developing the new features that you all voted for.

Many smaller councils have joined the UKLC family over the last couple of years having benefited from transparency code funding. The fund comes to an end in March 2018 so if there are any small councils out there that still haven't applied for the grant act now as time is running out.

A large number of our customers have enrolled on the Local Council Award Scheme with several having already achieved the coveted gold status. Assessors have often commented on how easy it is to find the necessary information on UKLC making their job easier.

Our 'Digital by Default' course has evolved into a course called 'All Things Digital' the most recent one was run in Yorkshire only a few weeks ago. We will be on the road again next year. Look out for one near you if you haven't already attended.

There's no doubt that next year will present more challenges to the sector with GDPR probably being at or near the top of the list. We will ensure that our technology fully complies with any legislation and make it easy for you to manage your online commitments.

We have lot's of exciting things in the pipeline for 2018 which promises to be another busy year. We'll be improving our website to make it a more useful resource for members of UKLC.

This Christmas Amy (pictured) made the office aware of the YMCA's 'shoe-box challenge'. We all thought this was a great idea and were well up for it as you can see. If you are interested you can find out how to make a contribution to the YMCA here and join us in helping to keep young people safe.

We grow our business by referrals. If you feel that we provide a good service and that our websites have helped you become more efficient and effective then why not recommend us to other local councils?

The office will close at 5:00pm on Friday, December 22nd and reopen on Tuesday, January 2nd 2018. Should you need any assistance during this period, please raise a technical support ticket or leave a message on the office answer machine and we will respond as soon as possible.

A massive 'Thank You' to all of our customers old and new.

We wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Peaceful New Year.

Here's to a great 2018!

Best Wishes,
From us all at 2commune

Tags: News, Christmas, UK Local Councils, Websites for parish and town councils

Throw your keyboard away and talk to your computer.

Throw your keyboard away and talk to your computer.

Posted: Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:35 by Ray Smith

The government is starting to deliver services in new and innovative ways. The computer keyboard is still the biggest barrier to using a computer. This new service allows you to ask when your car tax is due simply by talking to 'Alexa' via your Echo.

An Amazon Echo is a hands-free smart speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather and more.

DVLA has become the latest public sector organisation to trial an Alexa product, known as a 'skill', which allows customers to check their vehicle tax and MOT status.

This information, which is also available on gov.uk/check-vehicle-tax, helps customers to check the date their vehicle tax is due, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Further information is available including how to download the 'skill' for use on your echo here.

Tags: News, accessibilty

Shake Off Those Winter Blues!

Shake Off Those Winter Blues!

Posted: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:33 by Ray Smith

Last night we visited the home of 'The Blues' to check out the facilities for this year's user conference. We actually got a chance to hold the premier league cup! Wow what an experience, to think of all the famous players and managers that have held it over the last 24 seasons.

The next user group conference will be held on March 22nd, 2017 at the King Power stadium. Have you booked your place yet? If not why not book it now and have something to look forward to? It will be a great day, with plenty of time to meet us and to network with other members of the UKLC family. There will be loads of interesting topics and a chance to vote on new features to be included in the product.

Book your place and shake off those winter 'blues'. If you are a UKLC user and have not yet received your invite then please contact us for further details.

Tags: UKLC, News, Websites for local councils, UK Local Councils, Parish Council Websites, Town Council Websites

New web resource provides digital hub for councils!

New web resource provides digital hub for councils!

Posted: Tue, 05 May 2015 14:15 by Ray Smith

The Local Government Association and Comms2point0 have launched 'Digital Councils', a hub for local government on all things social media.

The resource can be found here: http://www.local.gov.uk/digital-councils and includes guidance on all elements of social media from getting to grips with Twitter and other social networks to building a digital strategy, providing a way for the LGA to work with a range of councils and councillors who can be moving at different speeds. It includes a mythbuster section as well as hints and tips pages specially designed to reflect the range of different roles in a council, such as officers and councillors.

Digital Councils will be continuously updated to reflect current work and will carry a range of case studies so authorities can learn from good practice elsewhere.

Cllr David Sparks, Chairman of the Local Government Association, said:

"Many councils have already got to grips with social media and are using it to communicate with their residents about things like bin collections, weather warnings and road closures.

Tags: News, Resource, Social Media

Free-to-view national website that provides up-to-date roadwork locations and congestion information.

Free-to-view national website that provides up-to-date roadwork locations and congestion information.

Posted: Wed, 03 Dec 2014 17:30 by Ray Smith

roadworks.org was re-launched on November 12th, 2014.

The redesign has aimed to give the website a mobile-friendly interface presenting live data on congestion, traffic incidents, closures, traffic restrictions and major public events provided by local council data sets and supplemented by other sources. It includes planned work by utility companies and provides a valuable resource to enable parish and town councils to have visibility of what's happening in their local area.

The platform is based upon Google Maps, implementing a self-service system for traffic notifications and is intended to be accessed both by the general public and highways service professionals.

The site is managed by transport information company Elgin. The service is hoped to save local governments millions of pounds, as the integration of national information into one source will lower costs.

Tags: News, Resource

UKLC will be at the Northants CALC AGM

UKLC will be at the Northants CALC AGM

Posted: Mon, 15 Oct 2012 14:35 by Tim Heeley

We've been invited to attend the Northamptonshire County Association of Local Councils AGM which is being held in the Saxon Hall at Raunds on Saturday 20th October.

This will be an opportunity to promote and explain the UK Local Councils (UKLC) IT platform which has been developed to equip local councils with the tools and knowledge to deliver high quality, online information and services to the communities that they serve.

The full functionality of UKLC is to be seen at work in Leicestershire. Here's an example, from Hoton in the North of Leicestershire, of the joined-up A-Z Services combining local, district and county council services. The planning applications page at Anstey shows how undecided applications can be seen in adjoining districts around the parish (district boundaries are shown in red on the map).

Tags: News, Northamptonshire, A-Z Services, Planning Applications, UKLC

2commune website launch

2commune website launch

Posted: Tue, 01 May 2012 12:12 by Tim Heeley

After weeks of careful planning 2commune is turning to the web to launch its new products and services for local councils across the UK. Using its proven, state of the art technologies 2commune is set to join-up the three tiers of local government across the UK.

Tags: News, Website Launch

2commune and Cuttlefish join forces

2commune and Cuttlefish join forces

Posted: Thu, 16 Feb 2012 16:44 by Tim Heeley

On February 16th, 2012, Cuttlefish Multimedia Ltd transferred exclusive sales rights of its Parish Council web sites and associated e-Government components to 2commune Limited. Under this agreement Cuttlefish have secured an interest in 2commune and will continue to provide technical resource for development and support of the product set.

This agreement combines 2commune's experience of working with and delivering services to Parish Councils together with Cuttlefish's technical expertise to build a company with the capacity to deliver improved products and services across the whole UK. The picture shows the directors celebrating the signing of the agreement.

Tags: News, teamwork