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Smart new move by Cumbria Police

One of the new devices officers in Cumbria will be using Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria Constabulary is swapping paper for a modern alternative.

For more than 150 years police officers have used notebooks and pencils for logging incident details.

But from today, all the Force's frontline officers will be equipped with hand-held Smart Devices for recording information and assisting with their duties.

Cumbria's Libraries launch e-book borrowing

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Over 850 e-books are now available from Cumbria's Libraries as the county council launches its first ever e-book lending service.

Just like borrowing a physical book from the library, they will be on loan for 21 days, after which they will disappear from the device.

Customers can have up to two e-books on their device at any one time.

£6,000 has been invested in a secure e-book lending platform and a further £14,000 on purchasing the actual e-books.

This is a very exciting project and something our customers have been asking about for some time now.

E-books are increasingly popular and for many they are the preferred way to enjoy reading and the new electronic collection adds to our stock of over three quarters of a million physical books."

– Tom Holliday, Professional Lead for LibrariesTom Holliday, Professional Lead for Libraries

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Scottish Borders Council reviews Technology service

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Scottish Borders Council is reviewing the delivery of its Information and Communications Technology after a report has found that the service is not meeting the needs of its customers.

A strategy has been agreed in principle at a Council meeting, which includes an assessment of value for money as to how the service will be implemented in the future.

Among the options being considered are moves to outsource the majority of technical posts from Edinburgh City Council, or to outsource the entire service. This could mean 80 jobs moving from Newtown St Boswells.

“In order to meet the needs of the Council and the people we serve, we regularly look at how we can deliver our services.

As part of this we have undertaken a review of this service and have been developing a comprehensive ICT strategy and approach for the future.

Members agreed the strategy in principle at Thursday’s Council meeting and approved the next steps in developing a detailed implementation plan.

– Tracey Logan, Chief Executive of Scottish Borders Council

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Jobs could go in Borders following review

Up to 90 jobs could go in the Scottish Borders following a review, according to the union that represents staff there.

Scottish Borders Council is being asked to look at the running of its technology department. But one of the options would mean jobs going from Newtown St Boswells to Edinburgh. Jenny Longden reports

Council report will be presented in April

The Unite Union warns 80 Scottish Borders Council jobs could be transferred from Newtown St Boswells to Edinburgh.

The Council says a statement on the proposals should be given in early April:

"We have undertaken a review of our current ICT arrangements.

On 2 April, a private report will be presented to Council and we should be able to provide a statement on the proposals thereafter.

As always, staff and Unions have been briefed ahead of the report being considered by Council".

– Scottish Borders Council

Council review could see 80 jobs go from Borders

SBC is currently based at Newtown St Boswells. Credit: ITV Border

A Union official in the Borders warns that his members are ready to fight plans to switch 80 jobs to Edinburgh from Newtown St Boswells.

A review has found that a technology service at Scottish Borders Council is no longer fit for purpose, and recommends a joint arrangement with the City of Edinburgh Council.

It's understood that employees at the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) service were given the findings of a review on Tuesday.

The Union Union believe this could mean that 80 jobs in the department will relocate to Edinburgh.

Regional officer for Unite Union, Tony Trench, told ITV Border:

"Members are furious at the way they have been treated.

They don't want to go to Edinburgh City, many were born and bred in the Borders, they live here.

Where does it stop? This could be the beginning of the end of Scottish Borders Council."

– Tony Trench, Regional officer for Unite Union
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