Digital Public Contact – National Website

Reference code: 
PCD 428
Date signed: 
24 July 2018
Authorisation name: 
Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor, Policing and Crime

Executive summary

This paper seeks approval for MOPAC to accept funding from the Home Office via the national Digital Public Contact programme to fund further development of the new national web platform (“Single Online Home”). Services to be delivered include: Firearms Licensing Photo Upload; the Firearms Licensing form elements for the payment process; and Niche integration.

Approval for this paper is required to enable work to start on the programme and to ensure reasonable progress is made before work under the existing CDS contract must cease as work transitions to the new national platform contract.

Recommendation

The Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime is recommended to 

  • Approve acceptance of funding from Home Office via Digital Public Contact of circa £362,000 to fund the development of new national web platform (‘Single Online Home’) services along with the content delivery and enhancements to the service support capability. The services to be developed during this period are the Firearms Licensing Photo Upload, the Firearms Licensing form elements for the payment process (this will use the Gov.UK Pay service) and the Niche Integration. 

NOTE: funding for this work (Metropolitan Police Service resource as part of the National Website team and CDS activity for additional developments) is within the Digital Public Contact forecast for FY18/19 from Police Transformation Fund grants and has no financial impact or long-term commitment on the Metropolitan Police Service.

Non-confidential facts and advice to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC)

1.    Introduction and background

1.1.    In March 2018 approval was received for the Phase 2 (live Beta) to transition the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), Thames Valley Police and Hampshire Constabulary website service covered to a shared platform and provide support from April 2018 to July 2018. Following the successful delivery of Phase 2 (live Beta) services onto the Single Online Home National Platform, the Digital Public Contact Programme and Metropolitan Police Service are progressing the procurement of a new contract to deliver single on line home for policing.

1.2.    Between now and the anticipated approval of the national platform the Home Office via Digital Public Contact would like us to continue developing the current platform to include: Firearms Licensing Photo Upload, the Firearms Licensing form elements for the payment process (this will use the Gov.UK Pay service) and the Niche Integration. This will enable faster take-on of new forces when a new contract is in place.

2.    Issues for consideration

2.1.    This paper only seeks authority to do the required development work, and any testing activities prior to launch. This functionality will not be deployed into the live environment until there is formal agreement via the appropriate governance process.

3.    Financial Comments

3.1.    Funding for this work (covering Metropolitan Police Service resource as part of the National Website team and Supplier [CDS] activity for additional developments) is within the Digital Public Contact forecast for FY18/19 from the Police Transformation Fund grants and has no financial impact or long-term commitment on the Metropolitan Police Service. 

4.    Legal Comments

4.1.    There are no significant legal implications that arise directly from the recommendations or decisions proposed in the report.

5.    Equality Comments

5.1.    This paper covers a request for additional funds to continue work that is already in progress, and as such there are no new equality and diversity issues arising from this work.

6.    Background/supporting papers

6.1.    Report


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