Public sector


A problem visualised is a problem managed

Like many densely populated urban areas, Hull is a city not without its challenges. Over ten years ago it was singled out as having one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the UK.

Hull City Council has now turned this around and thanks to work with Hull primary care trust (PCT) and a range of school, street and drop-in centre initiatives. The rate of teenage pregnancy is now significantly below the national average, with an estimated saving of £8 million. A targeted approach, supported by Ordnance Survey mapping products which helped to visualise the problem areas, has delivered significant improvements.

‘Hull spends £800 000 a year on the programme but saves more than £8 million by reducing teenage pregnancies and preventing children from going into care… Mapping is critical to the process, not only to ensure that contraception services are located in the right place but also to help communicate complex data to different audiences and to provide evidence that the strategy is effective. “

Gail Teasdale, Integrated Services Manager, Children and Young People’s Services, Hull City Council.

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Detect, deter and punish! – the fighting fraud event

Last month saw Ordnance Survey exhibiting at Fraud and Error 2012, discussing how organisations and public sector groups can reduce the impact of fraud on the economy, through better use of location information.

The public sector team at Ordnance Survey are promoting a smarter approach to fraud and prevention through improved data sharing capabilities and enhanced data analysis using geography. Currently the team are working in close partnership with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).

They aim to help the government reduce this significant cost; by providing the expertise and to demonstrate how Ordnance Survey products, particularly AddressBase and OS MasterMap Topography Layer can support a range of organisations to help them deal more efficiently with this challenge.

Fast fraud facts
  • Government figures estimate fraud will cost the UK economy £73 billion during 2012
  • Public sector fraud is estimated to cost £21 billion in 2012
  • Individuals (you and me) will lose £6.1 billion due to fraudulent sales and identity theft
  • 3 pence of every pound spent by government goes to people who shouldn’t have it

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Interactive Maps for planning consultations

Making geographic information accessible and useful to the public is a key goal for Ordnance Survey and it’s great when examples of our Public Sector Mapping (PSMA) datasets  are used in something that’s easy to explain.

Surrey Heath Borough Council is using interactive maps for the public consultation stage of a major development, the Camberley Town Centre Area Action Plan. The maps built into Council’s website enable citizens to go online, view maps, aerial photography, download details of the proposed development and leave comments. This facility is enabled through Astun Technology’s iShare data integration and publishing platform and more specifically its ‘Logger’ module

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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.

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Putting the PSMA on the map

During October 2011 we held eight Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA) member conferences across England and Wales. This gave us the chance to engage with our PSMA members and gave them the opportunity to find out more about how they can benefit from the agreement.

Over 425 members attended the eight events and feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with many commenting that it was an ideal platform to share best practice and discuss lessons learnt – and they’re looking forward to future events.

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