Digital technology supporting Team Devon’s coronavirus response

Photo of John Hart sat in front of his computer

Posted on: 24 April 2020

Digital technology is proving instrumental in helping Devon County Council and other “Team Devon” partners to continue with their work throughout the coronavirus pandemic, according to County Council Leader John Hart.

Platforms such as Microsoft Teams and Skype are being used to enable the County Council to continue with a number of its committee meetings, including its most recent Cabinet meeting earlier this month.

It’s also proving vital for regular briefings and meetings with Devon’s MPs, district councils, and other partners such as Devon and Cornwall Police.

Photo of Cllr John Hart sat at a desk

Cllr John Hart

County Council Leader John Hart said: “The video conferencing is really proving its worth at the moment in helping the Council to operate as normally as we possibly can in the current circumstances. I’ll be honest, I’m no expert when it comes to IT and I’m still getting used to some of the technology, but it has been absolutely vital to ensure that the authority and our partners are keeping up to date with the latest information on the pandemic.

“I can assure people that the County Council is still working hard for people right across Devon. Our recent ‘virtual’ Cabinet meeting was a good example where it enabled all parties to work together in agreeing a message to second home-owners and holidaymakers, telling them not to travel to the region over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. The conference calls are ensuring that all of the Team Devon partners are working closely and co-ordinating our efforts in response to the pandemic so that our county can beat this virus together.”

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