Public Information Notices (PINs) Portal
www.tellmescotland.gov.uk is Scotland's national public information notices (PINs) portal, allowing public notices across Scotland to be published in a single online location for the first time. The website was launched on 20 December 2010 and 27 council and 14 wider public sector organisations are now publishing notices on the portal.
www.tellmescotland.gov.uk was delivered through a collaborative partnership under the auspices of the National Shared Services Board, led by COSLA and supported by the Scottish Government. This is a national Scottish initiative, which is endorsed and supported by the Scottish Government. The Improvement Service led the development and delivery of the portal website.
www.tellmescotland.gov.uk was developed to provide the following national benefits:
- An integrated national picture of statutory and public service developments
- More accessible public notices with enhanced information across Scotland
- Greater interactivity between service users and suppliers locally and nationally, including consumers, businesses, councils and other public service providers
Public information notices are announcements that local authorities are legally required to publish. There are two types of PIN. Statutory Notices give required notice of an intended action, such as road closures, construction, licensing and planning/property developments. Public Notices inform people of changes to services, such as refuse collection.
In www.tellmescotland.gov.uk, visitors can click on a virtual map of Scotland to see listings of public notices in any area, satellite imagery of their location and information on the issues involved. The aim is to provide improved accessibility to enhanced statutory information.
The portal is part of a major national shared services collaboration. Its development follows the successful roll-out of www.myjobscotland.gov.uk. It is scalable for use by the wider public sector and many public sector organisations are now using the portal to publish their public notices. Scottish Natural Heritage and the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary for Scotland are strong advocates of the portal.
We continue to work to promote and raise awareness of the portal amongst Scotland’s communities. Google Analytics data shows that the portal is seeing an increase in visits and pageviews each month. Between 1 November 2012 and 30 April 2013, there were 20,479 visits to the portal and 93,206 pageviews. 71.28% of the visitors were New Visitors. Over the six month period, 24.98% of the total site visits were from mobile devices (5116 visits) – up from 23.54% in the previous period.You can sign up to receive regular alerts from tellmescotland at http://www.tellmescotland.gov.uk/registration/