The Labour-run Vale of Glamorgan Council – which has imposed five successive inflation-busting increases in Council Tax on local residents – is to increase its Information Technology staffing by 16% this year.
The council is to boost the number of Information Technology staff from 43 to “around 50” this year in a new “restructuring scheme”.
The Vale Council’s IT department provides computers, laptops and services to 2,000 members of the council’s officers and staff and its 49 councillors.
It looks after 1,100 personal computers, 780 laptop computers, 300 “tablet devices”, 82 UNIX servers, 231 Windows servers, 150 printers and 1,300 mobile phones .
The IT department also provides training for Vale of Glamorgan councillors in the use of their computers, tablets and mobile phones.
After the elections in May this year, the department aims to increase efficiency by doing away with printed meeting-agendas for councillors – who will have to use agendas (which sometimes run to over 100 pages) on their council-issued tablet computers.
A “Disaster Recovery” plan has been drawn up to deal with major system crashes. The department says “Many service breaks are caused by changes that are implemented without proper planning and testing and without awareness of their effects.” From now on all changes to the Vale Council’s “ICT infrastructure” have to be approved through a new “Change Advisory Board” .