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ISSUE 51 | May 2016 | www.housing-technology.com |

ORBIT CREATES REAL-TIME INSIGHTS TOOL
Page 16

£6.95

SECURITY VS.
CONVENIENCE –
MAKING THE RIGHT
CHOICES WITH THE
CLOUD

AXIOM HOUSING’S FINANCIAL FLEXIBILITY
WITH CAPITA
Page 06

Page 22

WALES & WEST HOUSING’S SHAREPOINT
MOBILISATION WITH K2

AAREON WINS AT ONE MANCHESTER,
SOHA, HFT AND KNOWES HOUSING

Page 08

Page 04

HOMES FOR HARINGEY’S LOOKINGLOCAL
APP

GRŴP CYNEFIN CHOOSES MIS-AMS TO
MANAGE ITS ESTATES

Page 18

Page 03

SWAN HOUSING’S MYHA PORTAL
FROM ELEMENT3

CADWYN HOUSING CONNECTS WITH
CENTRAL NETWORKS

APP-BASED MAPPING IN HOUSING

GIS & MAPPING IN HOUSING
Page 14

Page 27

Page 12

Page 21

KIRONA IMPROVES RIVERSIDE’S
CUSTOMER SERVICES
Page 08

HOUSING TECHNOLOGY IN-DEPTH 2016
LONDON | EMIRATES STADIUM
6 JULY 2016

MANCHESTER | OLD TRAFFORD
21 JULY 2016
FURTHER DETAILS TO FOLLOW…

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EDITOR’S NOTES
What’s that coming over the hill?
Housing providers are going to have a lot on their plates over
the next 2-5 years and beyond. Whether you’re worrying
about universal credit, rent reductions, pay-to-stay, right-tobuy, mergers and acquisitions, or the wider economy (or all
of them), any of these has the potential to be either a disaster
waiting to happen or an opportunity for growth.
Although those possible worries are varied, what they have
in common is that technology lies at the heart of each of
them, not only as a basic enabler but also as a very important
differentiator. Those who flourish and those who fall behind
will be distinguished by how they’ve chosen to make
technology central (or not) to what they do and how they
manage their businesses.
We’ve written in the past about how technology in social
housing has gone from being a basic service to now being a
successful enabler for operational change. However, we’ve
now reached the next ‘tipping point’, where technology, and
IT departments, should be proactively leading operational
change and better business performance.
In short, a change from, ‘yes, we can do that for you’ to, ‘here’s
how we’re going to do it’.
Getting to know you
We’ve written in past Editor’s Notes about the importance
of both ‘straight-through processing’ (in short, the automation,
from start to finish, of as many standardised repetitive
processes, such as a tenant requesting a repair through
to the repair being completed without needless manual
interventions during the processing of that repair) and
gaining ‘a single version of the truth’ across multiple
siloed applications.

However, there is a third area to consider: how well do you
really know your tenants and do you actually know which
properties or land you own or manage?
Due to the above-mentioned disparate applications, isolated
spreadsheets and simple human mistakes, most housing
providers either don’t know their tenants as well as they think
they do (most commonly) or they don’t know them as well
as they would like. In addition, there are frequent stories of
housing providers ‘discovering’ properties or land that they
didn’t know they owned.
Why is this important? The most important reason is that the
introduction of universal credit, pay-to-stay and annual rent
reductions (among other regulatory and legislative changes),
all of which will have a considerable effect on housing
providers’ financial affairs, mean that housing providers must
become more efficient in collecting rents and maximising
revenues from their property portfolios as well as ensuring
that maintenance and repairs contracts, for example, only
cover the properties and land for which they are responsible
(c.f. the feature article on ‘GIS in housing’ on page 14).
Technology is the key to how you get to know your tenants
better as well as how you can maintain more accurate
property records. Whether you use CRM and surveying
software to gain more accurate information on your tenants
or use GIS and mapping tools to help monitor your property
portfolio, the important point is that technology is the
fundamental enabler for ‘getting to know you better’.

SECTIONS
HOUSING MANAGEMENT

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HOUSING TECHNOLOGY IN-DEPTH 2016

FINANCE & ASSET MANAGEMENT

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MOBILE WORKING

PAGE 08

LONDON | EMIRATES STADIUM
6 JULY 2016

FEATURE ARTICLE - GIS IN HOUSING

PAGE 14

CUSTOMER MANAGEMENT

PAGE 16

INFRASTRUCTURE

PAGE 22

GENERAL NEWS

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MANCHESTER | OLD TRAFFORD
21 JULY 2016

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Grŵp Cynefin chooses MIS-AMS software to
manage its estates
Grŵp Cynefin has chosen MIS Active Management
Systems’ housing management software after a competitive
three-way pitch. The ActiveH software will be used to
manage the housing provider’s rents, repairs, resident
texting, planned maintenance, business intelligence
reporting and CRM in a single integrated system.
Grŵp Cynefin, created from the merger of two smaller housing
providers in 2014, began evaluating how to integrate the new
organisation’s housing management systems and processes in
February 2015. Chosen from an initial list of six IT suppliers, MISAMS’s ActiveH will replace the two previous systems, Aareon QL
and Capita IBS.
The housing provider will use ActiveH to provide a single
view of its asset and tenant data, making it simpler to manage
maintenance and repairs across its estate of 4,500 properties
and easier to communicate with residents.

Roy Carroll, project
manager, Grŵp
Cynefin, said, “Choosing
the new housing
management system
was central to our
strategic plan of being
able to offer tenants
consistency across
all communications
channels.

Walis George (L), CEO of Grŵp Cynefin and
Chris McLaughlin, Managing Director, MIS-AMS

“We’ve done a full evaluation of the business requirements and
taken the opportunity to write a new suite of policies that will
allow us to tailor our services and communicate more efficiently
with not just residents, but contractors and employees too.”
The project will be undertaken in two phases and began in
April 2016.

SENTINEL HOUSING UPGRADES TO CAPITA OPENHOUSING
Having used Capita’s housing
management software for the past 12
years, Sentinel Housing Association is
upgrading to Capita OpenHousing.
The upgrade is part of Sentinel’s strategy
to improve the delivery of customer
services and to increase efficiencies
in its business processes, including
housing strategy, housing management
and property development, as well as
maintenance and asset management.
Duncan Brown, finance director, Sentinel
Housing Association, said, “We’re excited
about moving to OpenHousing and really
pleased with our ongoing partnership
with Capita. Our ‘doing it differently’
programme marks a major transformation
which involves redesigning all of our
business processes to be digital by
default.”

Capita software
protects tenants
from rogue
landlords

Capita’s software services business has
launched a new web-based application,
Advantage Impact for Rogue Landlord
and Agency Management, to enable local
authorities to take action against rogue
private landlords and letting agents. As
part of its launch, Capita is offering the
software free for the first year to the first
100 local authorities who sign up by the
end of May 2016.
The online solution will accommodate
full investigation and case management
details, multiple accommodation
information, appeal information, the
recording and management of bans,

sanctions and complaints, and the aiding
of improvements and enforcements.
Landlords and letting agents can also
be registered and published by local
authorities, making it both easier for tenants
to identify the best providers and for local
authorities to report on rogue landlords.
Roger Birkinshaw, housing director at
Capita’s software services business, said,
“We have worked with local authorities
for over 10 years to support them in
protecting vulnerable people. Tackling
the issue of rogue landlords and letting
agents is a natural next step.
“Advantage Impact will help local
authorities to easily manage and
investigate complaints about private
landlords and agencies, and it will
support their ability to issue banning
orders and other sanctions if needed.”

COMPANIES IN THIS ISSUE
1st Touch 10
23Technology 23
365Agile 29
Aareon 04
Alysium Consulting 31
AmicusHorizon 10
Amillan 18
Ancoris 14
Axiom Housing 06
Bracknell Forest Homes 17
Cadcorp 29
Cadwyn Housing 12
Cairn Housing 18
Camphill Village Trust 07
Capita 03 & 06

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Castleton Technology 29
Catalyst Housing Group 28
CDS Co-operatives 12
Central Networks 12
Civica 14
Clearview 06
Cloudview 26
Element3 21
Esri UK 30
ForViva 18
Glasgow & West of Scotland
Forum of Housing Associations 17
Grŵp Cynefin 03
Guardian24 12
HACT 27

Halton Housing Trust 17
Hft 04
Homes for Haringey 18
Housing Support Pro 29
IBM 29
Incommunities 23
IT Lab 22
K2 08
Kirona 08
Knowes Housing 04
Lake Financial Systems 07
LookingLocal 18
Manifest Software Solutions 23
MHS Homes 26
Midland Heart 06

MIS-AMS 03 & 20
Mobysoft 08
Netcall 18
NIHE 14
One Manchester 04
Optevia 29
Orbit Group 14 & 16
Orchard Information Systems 14
ORS Group 12
Paloma Systems 07
Rant & Rave 16
RCT Homes 12
Real Asset Management 07
Riverside 08
Rostrvm Solutions 06

RSM 17
Sentinel Housing 03
Sigma 21
SOCITM 24
Soha Housing 04
Southdown Housing 23
Spectrum Housing Group 10
Swan Housing Association 21
Thames Valley Housing 06
The Highland Council 18
Two Saints 07
Wales & West Housing 08

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AAREON WINS AT ONE MANCHESTER,
SOHA, HFT AND KNOWES HOUSING
Aareon has won four new contracts for
its QL housing management system at
One Manchester, Soha Housing, Hft and
Knowes Housing.
One HMS for One Manchester

One Manchester was launched in
2015 when Eastlands Homes and City
South Manchester Housing Trust joined
together. As a result, the newly-formed
organisation wanted to consolidate its
existing finance systems onto a single
platform as well as consolidate and
maintain only one housing management
system by October 2016.
One Manchester’s tender invitations were
for the provision of a licence for up to
300 desktop users (and 12,500 properties
under management) of its proposed new
housing management systems. Following
a series of demonstrations and reference
site visits, One Manchester decided to
move the whole group to the Aareon QL
housing management system.
Adam Cowking, transition project
manager, One Manchester, said, “After
a detailed review, One Manchester
saw that Aareon QL was best-placed
to meet our needs. We chose Aareon
on the strength of its core product, a
clear roadmap that supported our wider
ambitions, and a strong track record in
successful partnership working.”
Soha’s CRM, self-service and mobile
working

Soha Housing has chosen Aareon
as its preferred supplier for a new
housing management solution. The
implementation of Aareon QL at Soha
Housing began in February 2016 and is
scheduled to go live in May 2017.
In addition
to providing
housing and asset
management
functionality,
Aareon plans to
improve Soha’s
CRM module,
create a new self-service portal and
support more advanced mobile working.
Nasreen Hussain, director of finance
and resources, Soha Housing, said,
“Ultimately, IT is there to support us in
providing and managing homes and
tenancies. So any new system had
to meet tough criteria and the whole
procurement process involved staff from
across the organisation.”
QL Lite at Hft
Hft, a national
charity for
people with
learning
disabilities,
has chosen
Aareon QL
Lite for its
new housing
management
system. QL
Lite will replace Hft’s spreadsheet-based
processes and will be mainly used by
Hft’s estates and facilities department.
It is due to go live in July 2016 after
work started on the implementation in
September 2015.
Knowes Housing’s speedy
implementation
Following the decision by Knowes
Housing Association’s previous housing
management system supplier to ‘end of
life’ their software, the housing provider
had less than a year to implement a new
housing management system.

Knowes Housing began its procurement
process in March 2015 and went live with
Aareon QL Housing & Finance in March
2016, just before support for its previous
system ceased. The housing provider
said that the timescale was a huge
challenge for its internal team because
they had very little technical knowledge
in-house and needed to outsource this to
a third party.
Pierre De
Fence,
director,
Knowes
Housing
Association,
said,
“Following
the announcement from our previous
supplier, giving us around 12 months’
notice of ceasing support for our system,
we knew that selecting, procuring
and implementing a new housing
management system in the time
available would be challenging.”
Unlike many implementations, Knowes
Housing couldn’t devote any staff to the
project full time so the project had to be
carried out alongside staff carrying out
their full-time jobs, with Knowes Housing
staff drafted in at weekends to undertake
testing. Aareon also advised Knowes
Housing to use an external contractor
to help them manipulate their data into
a format which was suitable for transfer
into QL.
De Fence said, “The implementation
process was well managed on both
sides, with our staff going the extra mile
in undertaking training and checking
data alongside carrying out their normal
day jobs. However, we still have a lot
to do in terms of developing reporting
frameworks and implementing the phase
two modules, such as Visual Studio, Task
Centre, Case Management, Voids and
Asset Management, later this year.”

Soha Housing’s IT team

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THAMES VALLEY HOUSING TRACKS RIGHT-TO-BUY
AND & PAY-TO-STAY WITH CLEARVIEW
Thames Valley Housing Association has been using Clearview’s
business intelligence and reporting suite in order to assess the
financial impact of the government’s right-to-buy and pay-tostay policies on its operations by building a financial model.
Chris Roberts, data analyst, Thames Valley Housing Association,
said, “We chose to use Clearview because it is perfectly suited
to the task we faced. We needed to combine and blend a
number of data sets, identify where we had holes in our data,
and then supplement the model with data to ensure we could
effectively assess the impact of all aspects of the policies by
fully considering all eligibility and restrictions imposed.”
Regarding right-to-buy, Roberts said, “We started with our
property data and then added length of tenure to it from our

Civica housing management system. We then included fields
to help us identify properties specifically built for older people,
where the council had imposed restrictions on a property’s
use, and also whether a property was part of a section 106
agreement or adapted for those with a disability or rural
support. Clearview was great for this because it was easy to
combine data sets and add extra columns and filters. We were
also able to see early on where we had missing data.
“For pay-to-stay, we needed more data about tenants and
also an assessment of what the market rents were. For this, we
identified a data set of average UK rents from gov.uk and used
it in the model. We expanded our tenant data with historical
rental payments information, looking at arrears, those on
benefits, and so on, to assess eligibility.”

Midland Heart dials up Rostrvm for universal credit
Midland Heart and Rostrvm Solutions
have developed a bespoke call-dialling
system in order to mitigate the effects
of the introduction of universal credit
by improving rent collection rates and
reducing arrears. Midland Heart is using
the system to get in touch with tenants via
voice alerts and text messages as soon as
their agreed payments become overdue.
Gary Hardy, head of income, allocations,
property sales and tenancy standards,
Midland Heart, said, “The Ofcom-certified
system makes it very clear that Midland
Heart is trying to get in touch and simply
asks them to stay on the line to speak
to a member of our income team.
Alternatively, if they are unable to talk,

we provide a specific number the tenant
can use to call us back when it’s more
convenient.

years, and turn-around times for voids
had been reduced by 25 per cent, down
to 19 days per property.

“Following the introduction of the
automated dialling system in November
2015, we’ve seen a 300 per cent increase
in tenant contacts and reduced the
amount of time the team are spending
chasing tenants with calls and letters.
We have also achieved an increase
of almost £350,000 in cash payments
during the last six months.”
Midland Heart reported that it had
increased direct debit payments to 25
per cent of all rent payments, having
been fixed at 15 per cent for over seven

Axiom Housing’s financial flexibility with Capita
Axiom Housing Association is using Capita’s Income
Management solution to help its tenants manage their
finances. The housing provider can now offer greater flexibility
for tenants when applying for, and managing, repayment
arrangements, particularly following the roll out of
universal credit.
Peter Matthews, head of ICT, Axiom Housing Association, said,
“By offering greater flexibility for our tenants, we can support
them better in their repayments and any arrears arrangements,

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while also having a much clearer understanding of the entire
organisation’s income management.”
Other recent ‘go-live’ projects from Capita’s housing team
include Cartrefi Conwy Housing with Capita’s Homelessness
solution, North Devon Homes with Capita InSight’s Rental
Exchange solution for tackling financial exclusion, and ISOS
Group and Aragon Housing with additional Capita mobile
working modules.

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CAMPHILL VILLAGE
TRUST SIGNS UP
RAM FOR COMPONENT
ACCOUNTING
Camphill Village Trust is using Real
Asset Management’s fixed asset software
to improve the financial reporting for its
300 properties and implement component
accounting under SORP guidelines.
In future, the charity’s asset register
will increase from 300 to almost 2,500
records under component accounting
for which depreciation calculations and
detailed reporting will be needed.
Balbinder Lally, central financial
controller, Camphill Village Trust, said,
“Even managing our small number

of property assets on a spreadsheet
had become time consuming and its
limitations for analysis and reporting
were apparent. Although as a charity we
are not yet forced to comply with SORP
requirements, we were keen to follow
best practice and to get our accounts,
processes and procedures up to date
in preparation for meeting any future
regulations.
“The new system will let us adopt
component accounting with the peace of
mind that all data is recorded in a central

location and, most importantly, that the
depreciation on each component is being
calculated correctly and that all financial
reporting is accurate.”
Used alongside its exising finance
system, Sage 50, RAM’s software will give
CVT the facility to create user-defined
fields for comprehensive searching and
analysis as well as the ability to produce
instant analysis reports in accordance
with SORP for past, present and future
periods.

Two Saints’ accounting with Paloma Systems
Homelessness charity Two Saints is using
Paloma Systems’ Harmonia and WRAPP
software for rent accounting, monitoring
its supporting people requirements, exit
questionnaires and outcome monitoring.

recording based around the ‘outcome
star’ methodology, but Paloma agreed
to develop Harmonia to include all our
specific requirements and mostly to the
benefit of the application itself.

Nigel Miles, IT manager, Two Saints,
said, “We originally looked at Paloma’s
WRAPP rent account system in 2012 to
replace our old rent accounting package
when we were introduced to Harmonia.

“Combined with WRAPP in the backend, we were also able to integrate
rent and account information right into
Harmonia, providing a single support
management application that is very
powerful and easy to use. Our staff
love it.”

“It was very new and didn’t quite fit our
needs, plus we were also looking for
some very specific support management

LAKE’S HOUSING FINANCE SURVEY 2016
Cost reduction and streamlining are
necessities driven by the twin pressures of
rising demand for housing and funding
constraints. Purchase-to-pay and
procurement systems have a crucial role
to play and have been a particular area
of interest for housing providers’ finance
departments in recent years.
According to a recent survey from Lake
Financial Systems, investment in systems
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management has been particularly
strong. These kinds of systems have
achieved near universal adoption among
housing providers with 1,000 or more
homes.
That being so, what is the likely focus
of investment in the future? The answer
may be in the growing trend for systems
to manage employee expenses due to
the time and cost of processing expense
claims for large numbers of people.

Expense claim management systems
help improve budgetary control, simplify
workflows and ensure adherence to
corporate policies.
The survey also indicates that there
is scope for further investment in
procurement software. Currently the
preserve of the larger organisations,
there is now growing interest among
housing providers of all sizes.

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MOBYSOFT WINS QUEEN’S AWARD FOR INNOVATION
Mobysoft has won a Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in
Innovation for its cloud-based solution RentSense.
Following the government’s one per cent rent cut, Mobysoft’s
RentSense is helping housing providers to achieve substantial
efficiencies, such as helping Asra Housing Group reduce arrears
by £1.65 million over two years.
Many housing providers’ IT systems for managing rent
payments and arrears typically wait for tenants to miss a
payment before flagging them for contact. RentSense uses

innovative algorithms to analyse tenants’ payment histories and
then predicts which tenants will pay on time and which won’t,
so income teams can be proactive and able to help support
tenants more effectively while reducing arrears.
Janette Pearce, head of neighbourhoods, Together Housing
Group, said, “Working with Mobysoft is reducing our arrears.
RentSense helps us to minimise costs, waste and ultimately
reduce the workload for our income team.”

MOBILE WORKING

Wales & West Housing’s Sharepoint mobilisation with K2
Wales & West Housing
Association has completed
the implementation of K2’s
Blackpearl and Smartforms to
augment its existing Microsoft
Sharepoint capabilities. The
software is now being used by
over 300 end-users.
Wales & West previously
relied on Microsoft SharePoint
and several other key IT systems in areas such as housing
and repairs, but none of these different technologies were
connected to each other. To improve the efficiency of its
processes, as part of its plan to find a better way to collect
business data, share it across various systems and make it
accessible to mobile employees, Wales & West shortlisted two
workflow solutions during its selection process.
Gareth Abramczyk, Sharepoint administrator, Wales & West
Housing Association, said, “We could see straight away that K2
was easily the most capable and complete solution, but it wasn’t
until we received the product training that we realised just how
many doors it would open for us.”

The housing provider has since developed six separate
business applications using K2 Blackpearl and K2 Smartforms.
One particularly useful solution allows mobile employees to
access information about historical property repairs while they
are doing site visits. Using any web-enabled mobile device,
employees can log in, load up a K2 form and enter their
enquiry details.
Abramczyk said, “K2 gives employees views of all the data they
need, in one place, without having to return to the office and go
from one system to another.”
Another mobile solution enables employees to collect data
about ad-hoc maintenance jobs in the field. Data is recorded in
a K2 Smartform using a mobile device and automatically sent
to the relevant back-office systems.
Abramczyk said, “Employees can now do in seconds what might
otherwise have taken hours. K2 allows us to pass data safely
from what is essentially an insecure web to a secure intranet.
It creates an efficient, easy-to-follow process for tenants, while
also saving administrative time.”

KIRONA IMPROVES RIVERSIDE’S CUSTOMER SERVICES
Riverside has implemented Kirona’s Job Manager
and Xmbrace DRS software enabling its customer
service centre and responsive repairs teams to
deliver better services to tenants.
Ian Gregg, director of asset management,
Riverside, said, “Tenant feedback highlighted to
us that improvements were needed in how repairs
were reported, scheduled and managed. By
implementing Kirona’s Job Manager and Xmbrace
DRS software, our customer service centre staff
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real-time availability so fewer appointments
are having to be rearranged.”
Ryan King, responsive repairs team leader,
Riverside, added, “The new software is
very effective when it comes to daily
planning. Because it can plot appointments
geographically, we can schedule jobs by
postcode so that jobs in the same area can
be arranged on the same day. We can even
use the system as a database for repairs
information, such as special instructions
about avoiding school run times.”

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HALTON HOUSING TRUST
Customer app enables Halton
Housing to re-focus £2.5m
to help support their most
vulnerable customers
By constantly reviewing the services it provides and with the
advent of Welfare Reform and in particular Universal Credit,
Halton knew that it needed to make a number of changes to
ensure the best possible support for its customers during
these challenging times. One area it identified was the need
to exploit the potential of digital technology to support the
delivery of services.
As a result, Halton decided to work closely with 1st Touch
to deliver a ground-breaking Customer Self-Service App.
The app is available 24/7/365 and customers can access it
via their mobile devices - smart phones and tablets, allowing
them to action requests themselves through this self-service
portal using the technology that they are familiar with,
whenever it is convenient for them.

Halton Housing Trust is a forward thinking and
dynamic not-for-profit housing association that
owns and manages over 6,700 homes with over
16,000 customers in the Cheshire towns of Runcorn
and Widnes. Halton’s Board works closely with its
executive management team to ensure the Trust’s
Strategic Aim of ‘Improving People’s Lives’ is achieved.

With this 1st Touch App, customers can contact Halton to
request a Repair, report Anti-Social Behaviour or Estate
issues such as Graffiti or Fly Tipping and it allows them to
send in related photographs too. They can order a gas service
or gas repair or report a gas leak, request a move or transfer
and much more. If they need to check their rent balance or to
make a payment, this is also now possible, via the App.

“1st Touch took the time to understand what we
needed and delivered a highly effective solution
which is all the more impressive because of the
real time integration and the automation of CRM
contacts and colleague workflows”
Director of ICT, Carole Galsworthy

Please call us on:
+44 (0)871 716 3060

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email us:
info@1sttouch.com

The 1st Touch self-service App allows Halton to free up
significant resources that can be re-directed and re-focused
to delivering additional support to its most vulnerable
customers supporting the main aim of the Digital First strategy,
which is to ensure that the Welfare Reform changes and
particularly the introduction of Universal Credit will have a net
nil impact on the Trust in terms of costs and resources.
Contact us today to find out how 1st Touch can
help you too.

or visit us at:
www.1sttouch.com

19/05/2016 10:16


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