Web technology for local councils

The Old Rectory

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

Tel: 0845 868 3975


LRALC Reflects 6 Months On

LRALC Reflects 6 Months On

Posted: Fri, 25 Oct 2013 14:49 by Ray Smith

Jake Atkinson, Chief Officer LRALC said:

"We have been using the website for over 6 months now and are very pleased with its ease of use, flexibility, member benefits, and (because every penny counts to a County Association such as ourselves!) the return on investment it has provided.

Read the whole case study here.

Tags: UK Local Councils, LRALC

How Local Councils Can Be More Effective Online

How Local Councils Can Be More Effective Online

Posted: Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:43 by Tina Britt

Ray Smith, our Strategy & Development Director will be facilitating a workshop for parish and town councils to explore ways of improving their online presence.

Central government has set out its 'digital by default' strategy which outlines; how making everyday transactions with public services will be easier and cheaper online. Government figures estimate that moving services online can save around £1.2bn by 2015.

Attend this workshop if you are interested in investigating how your council can become 'digital by default'.

  • Does your council have a digital strategy?
  • Does your website contribute to your digital strategy?
  • Are you making best use of social media?

This interactive workshop will explore how to set about producing a digital strategy, what should be included and considerations that need to be made.

Attendees will qualify for a £100 discount if they later purchase a UK Local Councils (UKLC) website.

The event will be held at the Northants CALC offices in Litchborough on December 3rd 2013, for more information and to book your place visit their website.

Councils outside of Northamptonshire are welcome to attend.

Tags: UKLC, UK Local Councils, Websites for local councils

New Northants CALC Website

New Northants CALC Website

Posted: Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:51 by Ray Smith

Danny Moody, CEO said:

"Northants CALC had a homemade (WordPress) website, which was OK but a bit limited in its expandability. Northants CALC chose to implement a new web site with 2commune to be able to benefit from new features in the future. 2commune are specialists in the sector and so understand our market well. The feedback from our member councils has been very positive".

Tags: Northamptonshire, Websites for local councils

Connecting Local Councils in Northamptonshire

Connecting Local Councils in Northamptonshire

Posted: Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:25 by Ray Smith

We are working with Northants CALC to deliver this exciting project in Northamptonshire.

NN One is a project aimed at increasing the capacity of Local Councils in Northamptonshire. New technology will enable local councils to become more efficient and effective. All tiers of authorities will benefit from improved communications and information provision.

NN One will replicate the proven 'Leicestershire Model' which joins up websites and back end systems across the three tiers of local government.

Visit northantscalc.gov.uk to keep updated on progress.

Tags: Northamptonshire, UKLC, Websites for local councils

Managing Director Appointed

Managing Director Appointed

Posted: Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:06 by Ray Smith

We have recruited Tina Britt to lead 2commune into our next stage of growth.

Tina brings strong customer service skills gained in the retail and voluntary sector. For the last 10 years she has led a team delivering community IT projects in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Whilst implementing innovative on-line solutions in local communities and councils, Tina has gained an in depth understanding of the requirements and challenges that they face.

Tags: Staff

New contract with Leicestershire County Council

New contract with Leicestershire County Council

Posted: Mon, 02 Sep 2013 12:39 by Ray Smith

We have won a contract to continue to supply our parish council technologies in Leicestershire and Rutland for a further two years. The pioneering infrastructure used by town and parish councils in Leicestershire and Rutland is available to all local councils across the UK. The product previously known as 'Leicestershire Parish Councils' is part of UK Local Councils (UKLC) which can be found at www.localcouncils.org

Liz Clark from Leicestershire County Council said, "We are very pleased that the technology, proven in Leicestershire and Rutland, is now available to all local councils in the UK. They will be able to enjoy the many benefits that we have enjoyed for some time. Upper tier local authorities will also benefit from the joined-up county-wide a-z and planning feeds. We recognized some years ago that parish councils would become more important as a service provider and having this electronic service delivery infrastructure in place has contributed to joining-up the three tiers of local government in Leicestershire and Rutland".

These tried and tested web products, which are supplied under licence from 2commune Limited in Leicestershire, are available for supply to other County, District or Unitary Authorities wishing to provide a website solution for their local councils.

Ray Smith from 2commune said, "UK Local Councils (UKLC) is built from the ground up to satisfy the needs of a local council. It integrates seamlessly with the County and District councils to automate the A-Z of services and planning applications feed. The whole system is designed to automate as much as possible to enable staff managing the site to be highly productive, yet remains flexible so as not to limit their creativity".

For local councils, UKLC is more than just a set of web technologies, it provides a dynamic community where sites are reviewed annually, to keep them efficient and effective, and where users are fully trained and supported to make the most of their sites. Parish and Town councils looking for a new website should contact admin@2commune.com for more information.

Tags: UKLC, UK Local Councils, Websites for local councils

Dronfield Goes Live

Dronfield Goes Live

Posted: Tue, 02 Jul 2013 08:59 by Ray Smith

We are very pleased to announce that http://www.dronfield.gov.uk/ has gone live. Dronfield Town Council is a large local council with a precept of close to £900K.

Andrew Tristram (interim clerk) said: "After an intensive search looking at many parish and town council websites, we shortlisted a few developers for further investigation. 2commune had the experience, understood our requirements and had the ability to provide a fully functional website at a very competitive price. Importantly, we were able to easily keep the website up to date without requiring any special technical skills. We would have had to pay a lot more to commission a bespoke website with similar functionality.

Within a few weeks, we were live with our website. It has been a pleasure to work with 2commune, who really understand the needs of local councils and made the process of getting everything up and running really straightforward".

Tags: Website Launch, UK Local Councils, Websites for local councils, UKLC

ALC Online Member Support

ALC Online Member Support

Posted: Mon, 29 Apr 2013 14:11 by Ray Smith

We have developed an innovative member enquiry ticket system. The functionality is built into our sophisticated Association of Local Council (ALC) website technology. The Leicestershire & Rutland Association of Local Councils (LRALC) have recently gone live with their new website and will be launching the new (on-line) member support service on May 7th, 2013. The system is designed to make the member enquiry service more efficient and effective. The launch event was held at the LRALC's office in Anstey this afternoon. Jake Atkinson (chief officer) from the LRALC said "the new website is saving us a lot of time and the on-line member support will enable us to be more proactive in responding to our members' enquiries".

Tags: LRALC, Association of Local Councils, UK Local Councils, UKLC, Website Launch, Leicestershire

Talking documents!

Talking documents!

Posted: Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:01 by Ray Smith

Did you know that the Adobe PDF reader is now able to read documents 'out loud'? Read Out Loud is a Text-to-Speech (TTS) tool that has been built into Adobe Reader since version 6.0.

Yet more reason to consider standardising on the PDF format for documents on your website. Try it, start Adobe Reader then open a PDF and Choose View > Read Out Loud

Tags: Tip, accessibilty, documents, PDF

GOV.UK domain for Leicestershire & Rutland Association of Local Councils

GOV.UK domain for Leicestershire & Rutland Association of Local Councils

Posted: Thu, 21 Mar 2013 10:42 by Tim Heeley

We've successfully completed the application process for a new gov.uk domain name for the Leicestershire and Rutland Association of Local Councils (LRALC).

"We used to have a .org.uk domain," explains Jake Atkinson (pictured right), chief officer at LRALC. "Our new gov.uk domain befits an organisation with a desire to reflect and build upon the professional nature of its membership offer and services to local councils."

2commune is a member of the Approved ISP scheme which is operated by Janet, the organisation which became responsible for the administration and registration of domain names under the ac.uk and gov.uk domains on 1 August 1996.

It is only members of the ISP scheme who can apply for gov.uk domain names. This is a reasonable approach as the process and the eligibility requirements could be daunting for individual organisations to understand and comply with.

We discussed the application with the LRALC and then submitted the relevant responses, dealing with any requirements to clarify information and resolving the acceptability of the chosen domain name.

Go to www.leicestershireandrutlandalc.gov.uk

Tags: gov.uk domain name, LRALC, UK Local Councils, UKLC