UK Councils Save Millions Using Smartphone Apps

Councils in the UK have managed to save over £200 million by using state-of-the-art mobile and web technologies to manage services.

According to a study conducted by the Local Government Association, UK councils saved £230 million by using smartphone applications and location-based services to offer efficient, information rich services to local residents.

The councils used the technologies to provide users information on a variety of things, such as when the next bus or train would arrive, local services and keeping them aware of the roadworks or planned building work set to be undertaken in their area to avoid being stuck in traffic.

“Whether it’s bin men working smarter, fewer phone calls to inquiry centres, freeing up staff from time-consuming checks or reducing parking ticket machine maintenance costs, making the most of modern technology and data sharing has seen huge cash savings across the country,” David Parsons, the chairman of the Local Government Association said in a statement.