We are pleased to announce that Destin Solutions have been short listed as finalists in the 2018 Public Finance Innovation Awards under the Solutions Partner of the Year category. The submission put forward was based on a series of solutions developed for customers Preston and Lancaster Shared Service (PALSS).
Driven by the need to achieve greater insight into council tax debtors, properties and businesses in their area, PALSS have implemented Destin Solutions’ business intelligence and data analytics solution. This was with the goal of increasing the tax base across Preston and Lancaster to maximise collections and revenue generated.
As a result of partnering with Destin Solutions, PALSS have been able to target their largest council tax debt and take a firmer approach to dissolution, bankruptcies and writing off debt. For the first time ever they also have a snapshot of the health, wealth and trading statuses of all businesses in their area. This enables them to identify debt levels, business stability and to predict growth or decline in the local economy which helps shape rates relief programmes.
A key part of the solution also enables them to take a more proactive approach to property inspections by using alerts to flag properties left empty over a certain period of time. It also enables them to chart the progress of property developments over time, getting properties into taxation more quickly.
The impact of the technology is far reaching with over 40 different users spanning Property Inspectors, Revenues Team Leaders, the Council Tax team, the Business Rates team and Accountants.
Duncan Baxter, Director at Destin Solutions commented “we are thrilled to be short listed for this award. We pride ourselves on the strong relationships we forge with our customers and the collaborative approach we take to customising solutions to meet the day-to-day needs of the Council. If we come up with something ground-breaking for one customer, we share this knowledge across our entire customer base, often with little or no cost. We are trying to build a community amongst our customer base that facilitates and fosters information share and best practice learning and that’s where we feel we stand out.”
Winners will be announced on April 25th 2018 at an awards ceremony at the Brewery, London.