A major campaign to encourage more people to use North Lincolnshire Council’s website has got underway. There’s the chance to win an iPad mini and attend free internet taster sessions.
The council has made its website easier to use with a more responsive design and improved search function. It has also improved its self-serve function to make it easier to report and pay for services.
And it has improved access from a smart phone, tablet or other mobile device – following a 50 per cent growth in mobile visits to the council’s website last year.
On average it costs the council £8.62 for a face to face visit, £2.83 per telephone call, and just 15 pence to do something on the website.
You can do a whole range of things online at www.northlincs.gov.uk/doitonline - report, book, apply, pay and find.
Among the things you can do are:
Apply for a school place, free school meals, or school transport for your child
Pay for a Normanby Hall annual pass and save money if you buy before 31 May 2014
Book theatre tickets for the Baths Hall and Plowright Theatre
Find out when your waste bin and recycling boxes will be emptied
Request a bulky item collection
Access E-Tendering opportunities for local businesses
Pay parking fines
Report flytipping, dog fouling, noise etc.
Register for Shopmobility
Apply for a job
Report your concerns
Petition about something you feel strongly about
Apply for planning permission, comment on planning applications, report planning breaches
Apply for a license e.g. taxi, animal boarding establishment
Renew library books
Apply to be a school governor
To be in with a chance of winning an Ipad mini, all you need do is register to use our self-serve portal. For details on how to register, to find out about the free internet taster sessions, or when the superfast broadband roadshow will come to you, visit www.northlincs.gov.uk/doitonline.
If you are interested in helping run the internet sessions, please contact Darren Hepworth on 01724 296880 or Danny Marsh on 01724 296007.
Councillor Neil Poole, cabinet member for Policy and Resources at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “This is a major campaign to encourage more people to use our website, particularly those that are used to doing business with the council face-to-face or over the telephone where they may not be aware of what you can do online with us.
“There is so much you can do online at www.northlincs.gov.uk. It saves time, is cheap, and more convenient. You can access it in the comfort of your own home or on the move from your smart phone, tablet or other mobile device – making it more convenient.
“To help get people started, we are providing free weekly internet taster sessions during February and March, for residents who want to learn how to use the internet. This is a joint initiative with North Lincolnshire Homes. We have a number of volunteers to help run the sessions, but urgently need more. If you are interested, please get in touch.
“Also from the end of February, our superfast broadband roadshow will be touring local communities across North Lincolnshire to explain the project to residents. Around 90 per cent of residents and businesses will have much faster internet speeds by June 2015.”