CIVIC leaders are set to approve the use of £1.25m to implement “smarter working” across the New Forest.

The project by New Forest District Council includes full implementation of Office 365 IT systems at a cost of £750,000 and various accommodation alterations.

Cabinet members are set to back the approach and approve the financial move at a meeting on Wednesday.

Council leader Barry Rickman said: “It is important we continue to develop and change into a fit-for purpose organisation for the future, and invest in suitable technology for our staff and customers alike.”

The “smarter working” approach involves streamlining council operations and ensuring staff have he tools to do their jobs efficiently