Over 2000 organisations join up as the PSMA turns 1

This month, we’re celebrating the first year anniversary of the launch of the Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA). The ground-breaking 10 year agreement between government and Ordnance Survey came into effect last April and allows the majority of public sector bodies in England and Wales, regardless of size, to use centrally funded geographic datasets.

Twelve months on from the launch, 2,198 organisations from town, parish and community councils to central government organisations, have joined as members of the agreement and have identified savings of more than £16 million through the use of PSMA data.

A key benefit is the sharing of information between organisations, as a group of local councils in the New Forest area have discovered. Hythe and Dibden Parish Council along with others nearby such as Ringwood Town Council were keen to get better access to local government data on land and asset ownership in their areas, so they formed a Geographical Information Systems (GIS) partnership between New Forest District Council and 25 local councils in the area, which gives them access to the district council’s digital data and Ordnance Survey mapping.

The PSMA is helping the public sector to make vital efficiencies and improvements to service deliveries such as planning waste services, asset management, land development and improving healthcare services.

Examples of the PSMA in action include:

  •  Lincolnshire County Council which has reduced its supported bus services budget by £1,000,000 yet is able to provide a more efficient and more popular rural bus service – CallConnect. This unqiue bus service operates in response to pre-booked requests, picking up and setting down at designated locations in each village or town. It’s important that vehicle resources are utilised as efficiently as possible given the squeeze on budgets – minimising dead mileage and improving patronage is an important way to improve the efficiency and sustainability of the service.
  • Teenage pregnancies in Hull reduced dramatically after the location of contraception- and community-based services were changed using Ordnance Survey digital maps.  Hull City Council, working with the local Primary Care Trust (PCT), used our geographic information to target contraception services exactly where they are needed most – a major contributor to the falling rates.

There are plenty more examples of how the PSMA is being used and how money is being saved on our website.

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