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‘Dragons’ approve funding for welfare reform app

View of County Hall, Aylesbury

View of County Hall, Aylesbury

County council chiefs took part in a Dragon’s Den-style contest to secure £75,000 worth of funding and expertise.

Telephone giant 02 invited 120 local authorities to submit ideas, of ways that technology could tackle social challenges in their areas.

Buckinghamshire’s idea, a new app to help staff explain welfare reform changes to residents, was put before the panel who judged it to be one of the two best.

The council and its partners across the county will now have access to O2’s expertise.

The firm will help advisors to provide the right support and advice to residents affected by the Government’s welfare reforms.

Martin Phillips, cabinet member for community engagement, said: “It’s fantastic news and the support will help us bring our idea from the drawing board to reality.

“As well as providing real and practical advice to residents, the portability of the app will allow our advisors to reach more people who need help and advice.”

 

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