Evidently UK Government has ‘done nothing’ to address these issues and apparently parents have ‘no responsibility’ for the health & welfare of THEIR children!

The UK is lagging behind other rich countries in reducing inequality in child well-being, with concerning gaps in health, education, and income, according to a new report from Unicef.   Report Card 13 reveals just how far the most disadvantaged children in the UK are being left to fall behind.

One of the key areas of concern is the disparity in healthy behaviours among children. Of all the countries studied, the UK has the largest difference in the levels of healthy eating (consumption of fruit & vegetables) between children from low & high socio-economic status, along with one of the largest gaps in the levels of physical activity.
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Government Data is Under Siege:
Latest Industry Insight on Challenges Facing Public Sector

Government departments are under siege. As disparate and unwieldy databases grow, the landscape for effective data analytics becomes more challenging. Data is not only at risk of under analysis, but also creates fertile ground for cyber-attacks, both external and internal. Government’s data is fast becoming a prime and soft target for cyber criminals, intent on data theft.

As digital government is expected to become more agile, proactive, and informed, deficient data analysis and out-dated security is putting government at risk of decoupling from the digital citizen. Confidence in modern government is underpinned by their ability to both safeguard and interpret a citizen’s data.

Click here to get our latest industry outlook on the challenges government departments face, and what can be done about it.

Should those who have not / cannot ‘pay in’ show more individual initiative & personal responsibility?

Protecting free & equal access to healthcare for all is likely to require individuals to take greater responsibility for their own wellbeing and a more determined public policy focus on preventative medicine, a new Civitas book suggests.  The Health of the Nation: Averting the demise of universal healthcare, a collection of essays by leading health commentators, demonstrates there is a growing consensus about the need to look beyond clinical services for the answers to the difficulties facing the NHS.

But which of the managers will ‘do the time’, as it is not the shareholders who make these decisions?

The UK will bring forward plans to introduce a criminal offence for corporations who fail to stop their staff facilitating tax evasion, the PM announced in a statement to the Commons, ahead of next month’s summit to tackle corruption in all its forms.

Anyone remember those original HIV/Aids Advertisements?
By 2050, antimicrobial resistance could reduce global GDP by up to 3.5% – a cumulative cost of $100 trillion and 10m people a year could die globally as a result – which is more than currently die from cancer each year.  Appearing in Washington, D.C. to discuss international action to tackle the growing problem of antibiotics becoming powerless against common infections, the Chancellor said the reimbursement models for antibiotics & diagnostics are ‘broken’ and called for a global overhaul.
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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. 

People need people

Loneliness in the older generation can be combatted through better housing design, building ‘cities for all ages’, and encouraging ‘socialisers’ to motivate outliers into activity, according to a new Demos report. Over 1m older people always or often feel lonely and the report finds a ‘people & place’ strategy is central to tackling isolation, and that redesigning ‘cities for all ages’ could help prevent social disengagement.

Life & work can be ‘great’ outside London
A new film showcasing how the North of England & Wales is ripe for investment is being promoted across the world.  The video highlights how the natural beauty & iconic sights of the Northern Powerhouse, combined with its skilled workforce & cutting edge, makes it the ideal investment hotspot.

CLG:  Gunning for growth: film promotes Northern Powerhouse to the world

Have you got a ‘success story’ to tell?
techUK is launching a new project to showcase the positive impact that their members are making on delivering better public services to citizens and helping Government to be more efficient through the use of innovative tech.  They want your examples on where you have delivered a successful project with a government department, agency and/or local authority and delivered a successful transformation to their business which put user needs at the heart of the project.  They are looking for examples across the public sector, in areas such as healthcare, emergency services, cyber security, etc.

techUK are Seeking Stories of Public Service Transformation Through Tech

Good foster care is critical for the emotional development & well-being of a child
Cllr Richard Watts responds to the Fostering Network's report looking at the impact of funding cuts on foster carers; "Looking after children is one of the most important jobs a council does, and the work of trusted foster parents to provide care and a loving family to vulnerable children is paramount”.
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Weeding out dangerous domestic chemicals
MEPs have urged that ‘Given concerns about the carcinogenicity & endocrine disruptive properties of the herbicide glyphosate, used in many farm & garden applications, the EC should renew its marketing approval for just 7 years, instead of 15, and for professional uses only, MEPs call for an independent review and the publication of all the scientific evidence that the EEFSA used to assess glyphosate.
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The more the cheaper!
DfE is facilitating a further procurement to allow schools to buy tablets using ‘collective buying power’, after the pilot saved 12% on the price.  The procurement will be completed by the Crown Commercial Service (CCS).  Schools should register their initial interest by 6 May 2016 to buy tablet devices using collective buying power.

DfE:  Register to buy tablet devices for your school

If you don’t vote, don’t complain about the choice!
Home Secretary Theresa May on the local police & crime commissioner elections taking place on 5 May 2016.

Home Office:  Police & crime commissioners: the choice is yours

Well that appears to answer one main ‘What happens after we leave’ Question

EU membership has been made redundant by global regulators, according to a new paper from the Adam Smith Institute.  Published independently of both the major campaigns, the report reveals that the UK often has little say over EU regulation, as in reality so much of it originates at the global level.

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Britain Stronger In Europe

Electoral Commission:  Media Statement - The official EU referendum campaign period opens

EU News:  Parliament advocates a centralised EU asylum system and legal ways to migrate

Relocation & Resettlement: EU Member States urgently need to deliver

PC&PE:  EU foreign & security policy: Commission responds to Committee's report

EC proposes public tax transparency rules for multinationals

CBI responds to EC proposals on country-by-country tax reporting

ASI:  Stuck in the middle with EU - Why it’s time we cut out the middle man and become global citizens

EP calls on Polish authorities to respect democratic principles and rule of law

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With John Kingman's departure from the Treasury, David Walker laments the loss of yet more commercial talent from the upper echelons of the civil service. Public services urgently need insiders – Kingman was formerly of BP and the Financial Times – to help them deal with markets and global companies, and their armies of lawyers and accountants, he says. "A far-seeing Whitehall skills management agency would have moved heaven and earth to keep [Kingman] inside the tent." Alas, alarming gaps in civil service skills continue.

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