Wednesday, 12 February 2014

TDC response to Government regulations on secure acces

Cabinet members are to consider measures to ensure that the council complies with new compulsory Central Government regulations on secure access.

The statutory regulations mean that Local Authorities country-wide will no longer be able to use non-council owned equipment to access council information, and e-mails, remotely.

Cabinet will consider the most efficient and cost-effective way to take this forward at their meeting next week (Thursday 20 February).

In order to comply, one option being considered is to move all Council agendas and reports to electronic devices, rather than producing printed papers for the council’s 56 elected members ahead of each Council meeting.

It is anticipated that this could save the council almost £30,000 per year in printing and mail out costs.
The council has to comply with new regulations in order to access the secure government network ‘Public Sector Network’ (PSN) which is needed to send and receive data from central government. 

The key data the council receives as part of this system allows the payment of housing benefit to local people.

The new regulations come into force from 1 April 2014. Failure to comply could result in significant fines.

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