Zoom – subscription discount, training video and security advice….
Discount for Zoom subscription
NALC is currently liaising with the Crown Commercial Service and Zoom regarding the discounted package below. We have now been advised that the deal is for a minimum of 10 licences per subscription, which we hadn’t been told previously. We are exploring this further and will provide an update as soon as possible. In the meantime, Zoom has currently reduced their annual Pro Package to the equivalent of £9.99 a month if billed annually (£119.90, saving £24).
NALC has been working with the Crown Commercial Service so that local councils are included in the public sector organisations eligible to access a discounted package from Zoom. This discount means councils can access the Pro plan for Zoom at £7.99 per month. The normal advertised rate for this package is £12.99. This discount is also available to county associations.
To access this discounted rate please email Zoom at and quote contract number CCS 020A33. If asked which department or category you are related to please state the National Association of Local Councils.
Of course, councils can also choose to use the free service from Zoom — set up an account.
If you do choose to use Zoom, there is a range of free information and training to help people use the platform which is definitely worth having a look at to help get you started. A recent update on the Zoom blog has been guidance on hosting public meetings including how to keep uninvited guests out of your meeting.
Northamptonshire County Association of Local Councils has created a video to demonstrate what a virtual meeting of (the fictional) Great Pipping Parish Council would look like in Zoom. It is a training video designed to show how a chairman would deal with councillors joining by computer and phone, declarations of interest, public participation and confidential items where members of the public and press are excluded.
Coronavirus and cybersecurity
Two of NALC’s partners have provided advice for local councils on cybersecurity. Microshade has provided additional advice for local councils as fraudsters are exploiting the spread of coronavirus to facilitate various types of fraud and cybercrime and BHIB Councils Insurance has developed cybersecurity tips to help keep local councils and their staff to stay secure and keep online data safe.