Scottish councils trial flexible working innovations to cut costs

Several Scottish councils are to take part in projects designed to boost flexible working and save money.

Several Scottish councils are to take part in projects designed to boost flexible working and save money.

Improvement Service in Scotland (IS), which was set up in 2005 help improve the efficiency, quality and accountability of local public services in Scotland, says it is developing several projects to deliver a range of online tools and hands on advice designed to help people working in Scottish local government to work more effectively. It says the City of Edinburgh, Scottish Borders, West Lothian, Fife, Aberdeenshire, Argyll and Bute Council have all agreed to trial the flexible working projects.

Using remote e-learning staff will also get a guide on web2.0 to enhance collaborative working, video case studies showcasing existing good practice examples plus invitations to discussion events about agile and remote working.

IS champion for change Simon Haston said: "Creating a more flexible working environment is a vital area of change for councils across the UK as budget cuts start to bite. Agile and flexible working means staff do not have to travel into the office every day, and can instead work from home, or remotely at different locations."

He added that the IS wants to show how changes in traditional working methods or future technological advances can be responded to without significant investment or disruption to authorities and how they operate.

The programme is due to be launched to staff later this month.





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