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Wigan Council uses Netconsent to consolidate policy management

Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council is consolidating its policy management onto a single platform to streamline the approval process for web usage and other areas.

The council will use the Netconsent Enterprise Policy Management suite. This follows a successful project to automate distribution and staff approval processes for its acceptable internet usage policy using Netconsent’s Webconsent module.

Wigan will now distribute all its corporate governance policies using Netconsent. The initial project using the Webconsent module has enabled the council to significantly reduce the time and money required to distribute its acceptable internet usage policy to more than 4,000 employees across various offices and partner organisations.

The system also manages access to the internet until a user accepts the policy with a digital signature.

Expanding the system to distribute all policies will result in further cost savings and satisfy audit requirements, said the council.

Netconsent provides the council with a real-time, secure audit trail that supports any disciplinary action should it become necessary.

Peter Livesey, Wigan assistant director of finance and IT, said, “The Netconsent suite has everything we need to create a single, consistent, authority-wide process for managing our policies.

“This will not only mean that money can be saved against manually distributing and approving our policies, but will also enable more to be spent on service delivery for our residents.”

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