Public Sector Mapping Agreement members reach 2000

Tatenhill Parish Council in East Staffordshire is the latest public sector organisation to sign up for the agreement, which aims to deliver improved planning and delivery of services through the use of digital geographic data.
The 10 year agreement between government and Ordnance Survey came into effect in April 2011. It allows the majority of public sector bodies in England and Wales, regardless of size, to use centrally funded geographic datasets. It is also helping the public sector to make vital efficiencies and improvements to service deliveries such as planning, transportation management, social housing and education services.
Organisations already signed up for the PSMA include the Environment Agency, Department for Transport and the 12 main NHS ambulance Trusts. There has also been a significant uptake from town and parish councils.
In England, the introduction of statutory Neighbourhood Planning means that local councils can now draw up development plans to shape their area, based on geographic information which is provided by the Agreement. It widens access to a range of Ordnance Survey mapping products and approximately £15 million in savings have been identified to users through the use of the PSMA data. Based on these, there is the potential to achieve further
savings across the entire public sector, according to Ordnance Survey.
Cardiff Council delivered savings of more than £1.3 million from enhanced special educational needs route and vehicle management. Meanwhile, South Yorkshire Police is expected to make savings of over £1 million as a result of an Intranet-based mapping solution, which gives police officers access to detailed, up-to-date information about communities, crime and antisocial behaviour.
Emma Coleman, clerk at Tatenhill Parish Council, the 2000th member to join the agreement, says: “We believe the PSMA will make a significant contribution to understanding the rural asset locations, highways and historic buildings. The ability to share geographic information with our community will help to improve decision making for planning applications and become a visual tool to share local information more effectively”.
James Brayshaw, Ordnance Survey’s customer director, says: “What makes the PSMA unique is its ability to enable collaborative working underpinned by data sharing between organisations in the public sector and the ease with which the information can be visualised and analysed in a precise way. This is a centrally funded agreement, which is delivering results through increased use of location data enabling vital improvements to public sector services. We continue to encourage public sector organisations that haven’t taken advantage of membership to sign up today and start reaping the benefits".
For more information on the PSMA,visit the public sector section of the OrdnanceSurvey website at www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/psma

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