An online application for youth workers that is expected to save up to £100,000 a year has been launched by Surrey County Council.
The technology was developed by the council’s IT team for BlackBerry’s Playbook tablet computer and Torch smartphone in what is believed to be the first technology initiative of its kind in the country.
By using the app, youth workers can complete administrative tasks on the move.
It is forecast that cutting down on form-filling and freeing up time to help young people could save between £75,000 and £100,000 annually.
RIM, the parent company of Blackberry, is now interested in promoting it to other local auth-orities as an example of how its devices can be used to meet local people’s needs.
Kay Hammond, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “This is another great example of the council embracing technology to give residents the best possible service.
“It does away with the burden of form-filling and frees up youth workers to spend more time with young people while at the same time saving local taxpayers up to £100,000 a year.
“We’ll continue to develop this app for the benefit of young people and explore innovative ways to provide an excellent service at the very best value for money.”
The latest app’s launch comes after the council created one for BlackBerry smartphones to monitor trade waste being dumped at recycling centres for free and stop residents forking out £1 million a year to dispose of it.
Nearly 32,000 people have signed up for the scheme. The app allows staff at the council’s 15 community recycling centres to immediately check registered vehicles on a secure database of vans, pick up trucks and vehicles with large trailers.
Surrey has 70 full-time youth worker roles and 31 youth centres.