The One Newport Information Station has received £700,000 from the Welsh Government’s Invest-to-Save fund to help bring together services provided by Newport City Council and other partner organisations.
People who visit the Information Station can access a range of services and get advice on issues such as: Business rates, Council tax, Re-housing services and Social Services, including children and families, child protection, exercise referral and access to supported employment.
Opening the Information Station Jane Hutt said:
"This is fantastic new facility that will make it much easier for people in Newport to get information about services and advice on further support, when they need it.
"The Information Station is an excellent example of public service improvement, which has resulted from organisations working together, sharing resources, equipment and office space and designing services around people in the local community rather than organisational structures
"I am particularly pleased that the benefits of new technology are being embraced to enhance public services with the Information Station being the first major installation of the Public Sector Broadband telephony solution in Wales.
"The Welsh Government has a key role to play in supporting public service organisations to manage with reduced budgets, to unlock innovation and change and to work in partnership. The Invest-to-Save Fund is helping us to do this.
"I’m delighted that we were able to provide support to the One Newport Information Station including £700,000 from the Invest-to-Save fund to help them make their services more efficient and accessible.
"I am continuing to make the Fund available to projects that deliver significant efficiency and wider improvements and will shortly open it once again to new project applications.
"The One Newport Information Station demonstrates the benefits of looking afresh at how people access local services. I hope this project will continue to grow and develop, and that other parts of Wales can learn from what has been achieved and will continue to be achieved by working in this way."