Everybody has their say on Budget 2016
Contributions from; Government(s) & Departments, LGA, CAB, Assorted Think Tanks, CBI, TUC, FDA, etc.
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Your Quick Guide to Seizing  
the Information Advantage

Success in records and information management takes planning, organisation and a strategy for taking control of physical and digital records from creation, through active use, to secure short, long-term or permanent storage and planned disposition. Done well, records and information management helps your organisation limit information risk, manage costs and lay the foundation for successful data analytics.

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Instead of imposing the controversial, noisy & dubiously beneficial HS2 on the Shires, why not start with the ‘urgently needed’ HS3 & other road / rail improvements in the North
The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has published its 3rd report: High Speed North’.  In October 2015, the NIC was asked to advise on strategic improvements to transport connectivity in the North.  Their central finding is that the North needs immediate and very significant investment for action now and a plan for longer term transformation to reduce journey times, increase capacity and improve reliability.
Overcoming the barrier of silence
A new expert advisory group has been appointed to support the implementation of legislation which will improve the way public services meet the needs of deaf British Sign Language (BSL) users.  This follows the introduction of the historic BSL (Scotland) Act 2015 last September, which recognised BSL as a language of Scotland, and will result in the first BSL Action Plan.  8 deaf BSL users were recruited, as well as a hearing parent of a deaf child, to work alongside public bodies – such as Creative Scotland, COSLA and the NHS – to support the implementation of the Act.
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The future will be based on data
There is plenty of value in individual registers as authoritative sources of trustworthy core reference data - the first beta register, the country register, is being used by services such as the e-petition service already. Over time the country register will also replace many of the country lists published on GOV.UK.  So individual registers are good, but an ecosystem of linked registers is even better. That’s why every register needs to be designed with the wider ecosystem in mind.
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SME Supplier Locator update...

UK Government and public sector spend with SME’s is continually on the increase and by 2020, it is the stated intent of Cabinet Office that £1 of every £3 spent on government contracts goes to SME’s. The past 5 years have seen government make a priority of getting money through its supply chain into the hands of SMEs, by both setting targets and introducing new procurement mechanisms.

Against this backdrop, the WiredGov Supplier Locator service has been developed specifically to embrace the SME Agenda and provide the ideal platform for SME’s to promote their services, solutions, accreditation and success stories directly to our ever increasing audience across all government and public sector verticals and Tier 1 suppliers.

Click here to find out more and view this week’s new arrivals to the SME Supplier Locator service. 

Daylight robbery?
Confusing working hours, poor administration and legal loopholes mean that workers are being underpaid and in extreme cases not paid at all, says Citizens Advice.  The number of issues dealt with by Citizens Advice about unauthorised deductions - non-payment of wages owed - has nearly doubled in a single year from 4,900 in 2014 to 9,000 in 2015.
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Is your ‘Project’ worthy of a prize?
An award to recognise the Best Internet of Things Project of the Year has been added to the 2016 UK IT Industry Awards, run by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, & Computing which launched recently. The new addition reflects the ever changing nature of the profession.  The annual Awards are renowned as the Oscars for the IT profession, providing a platform to showcase & celebrate best practice, innovation and excellence. Entrants can be organisations or individuals involved in IT across the public, not for profit & commercial sectors.  Deadline for entry 8 July 2016.

BCS:  Is your IT innovation worthy of an award?

Public health legislation which would have ‘helped protect people from harm and create the conditions to help people live healthier lives’ has been voted down by Assembly Members.

WAG:  Statement by the Minister for Health and Social Services: Public Health (Wales) Bill

It’s not just about TV fund-raising events
A unique programme to develop the skills & knowledge of charity leaders has been jointly launched by The King’s Fund and GSK, in partnership with Comic Relief, at a parliamentary reception.

The King’s Fund and GSK, partnering with Comic Relief, launch new programme to improve charity leadership

Don’t keep it ‘bottled up’
Veterans are being urged to say what they think about the provision of mental health services for them by taking part in an NHS England survey that closes on 31 March 2016.  Feedback from this survey will help to shape service provision for the next 5 years.

VAPC:  Veterans urged to tell NHS England what you think about mental health services

Editorial Commentary: Time for balanced facts, not just more fatuous statements
3 more L – O – N – G months of ‘Fear’ to go – Will we stay sane enough to come to a balanced decision?  What we need is Office of EU Referendum Facts (ODF) that could publish a SWOT analysisStrengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats - on all the aspects on both staying in the EU and leaving it.  What we don’t need is the equivalent of the ScotGov White Paper; Scotland’s Future (and yes, I did read it).

 More contributions to the EU Referendum

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IEA:  Mark Littlewood on the EU referendum

EESC encourages EC to go further in deepening EMU without delay

Civitas:  Rein in judicial supremacy with a new oath of allegiance to uphold Parliament


 More contributions to the UK constitutional debate

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ScotGov:  Scotland Bill


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“North, south, east and west – the devolution revolution is taking hold,” said George Osborne, announcing a slew of new infrastructure projects and devolution deals for every corner of the UK.
But behind all the hype, Osborne’s eighth budget was really quite a gloomy one for the local government sector. Councils are to be stripped of their control in education, as all schools become academies by 2020; and just months after the chancellor announced they'd soon keep revenues from business rates, he slashed those business rates, leaving behind another shortfall in funding. And the further £350bn savings from the 2019-20 budget don't look good for local government either.

More on the budget
Civil service and the 2016 budget: more with less, with a vengeance

Civil service and the 2016 budget: more with less, with a vengeance
There’s £3.5bn more to find in cuts, but not until 2019. It's open as to which departments are to carry the can

Osborne's budget cuts will cripple services for vulnerable BME women

Osborne's budget cuts will cripple services for vulnerable BME women
Mary O'Hara: Specialist black and minority ethnic domestic violence services are already under strain

It's Sir Nick Macpherson’s last budget, but he's not one for self-reflection

It's Sir Nick Macpherson’s last budget, but he's not one for self-reflection
David Walker: The Treasury permanent secretary seems unconcerned by his department’s odd constitution

Also on the network
Whitehall officials refuse to use the word profit – and it's costing us £10bn

Whitehall officials refuse to use the word profit – and it's costing us £10bn
Civil servants fixated on minutiae are holding back billion-pound savings in government procurement

Culture is Liverpool's lifeblood but the beast of London is draining us

Culture is Liverpool's lifeblood but the beast of London is draining us
Joe Anderson: We don’t want arts and culture outside London to become a distant memory

News in brief
• Business rates reform included in Osborne's budget
• Ministers announced plans to take schools out of local authority control
• All top Treasury officials based in London, Osborne admits
• Tom Scholar appointed as Treasury permanent secretary
• Peter Riddell to step down as Institute for Government director
• South East Coast ambulance chief quits after 999 furore