The Portfolio Holder introduced the report which detailed the progress made to date with
the Modern.Gov ‘Early Adopters Roll Out’ to Elected Members and the subsequent
revised IT Scheme for Elected Members from 2019. Further, it reported on the
involvement of the IT and Digital Transformation Advisory Committee who had
monitored progress over the last year. He explained that this represented a significant
step change for the Council, but the experience of the Early Adopters had been good
and the full roll out of Modern.Gov would bring significant benefits for the new Council. It
would provide a common platform for Members to be able to access documents and
communicate with the public and each other. He fully endorsed the proposals and hoped
Members would fully embrace the new scheme which would allow further developments
over time as well as significant savings in printing and postage costs. He said he also
particularly wanted to thank the Member Services Officer who had led on this project for
the enormous amount of work she had put in, as well as the Member Services and IT
Teams. The role of the IT and Digital Transformation Advisory Committee, chaired by
Councillor Knowles, was also recognised.
(i) the progress to date be noted.
(ii) the amendments to the Members IT Scheme, including the use of
ashford.gov email accounts for all Council business, as set out at
Appendix B to the report, be supported and agreed.