Makes Osborne’s ‘Brexit makes every household £4,300 worse off’ seem piddling

The government’s total liabilities, better understood as ‘debts waiting to happen’, are even larger than its mammoth public debt at £1.85tn, according to a new investigative paper from the Adam Smith Institute.  This is on top of the national debt and the ASI warns that feckless government risks burdening our grandchildren with a mammoth public pensions bill.


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A sign of common sense!

New rules mean unnecessary and out-of-date road signs can be removed from our roads from 22 April 2016:

  • ensuring road signs that are used far longer than needed have a ‘remove by’ date
  • making sure traffic signs are visible on unlit roads
  • stopping temporary message signs from being cluttered with adverts & distracting logos
NHS innovates to provide better care
3m patients have begun to access new apps, safety devices, on-line networks, and a host of other new technologies and services during the first 9 months of the pioneering NHS Innovation Accelerator programme.  68 NHS organisations are using one or more of 17 new innovations which aim to improve care by, for example, reducing clinical incidents, helping people self-care and linking up patients with others or with research schemes.
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Improving the gateway to better healthcare

The head of NHS England has set out a multi-billion plan designed to ‘get general practice back on its feet, improve patient care and access, and invest in new ways of providing primary care’.  Publishing a General Practice Forward View – developed with Health Education England and in discussion with the Royal College of GPs and other GP representatives – Simon Stevens said the NHS would now earmark an extra £2.4bn a year for general practice services by 2020/21.

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. 

A change of mind brings good news
The LGA's Community Wellbeing spokeswoman, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, has responded to NHS England's announcement that it will reconsider its decision not to fund the new HIV treatment.  Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a new HIV prevention approach where HIV-negative individuals use anti-HIV medications to reduce their risk of becoming infected.
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Millions of eyes monitoring will help keep us safe
The Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit (CTIRU) has launched a campaign to encourage the public to report online material which promotes terrorism or extremism. This includes material within social media.  All reports made are anonymous unless you choose to leave your details.
YJB:  Report online material promoting terrorism or extremism
Hardly surprising given the Labour / Lib Dem majority in the Lords
The Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee (SLSC) recently published the report of its inquiry into the Strathclyde Review of the House of Lords’ role in scrutinising secondary legislation.

PC&PE:  Lords should retain power to reject secondary legislation

IFG - Response to Strathclyde review

When will VW ‘fix’ the cars?

Vehicles tested in the UK programme showed no evidence of car manufacturers, apart from the VW Group, fitting devices to defeat the approved emissions test programme.

  • real driving emissions tests to be introduced from 2017
  • UK testing has been carried out alongside an investigation by the German Ministry for Transport

DfT:  Government publishes findings of diesel emissions testing programme

Not every ‘expert’ thinks Brexit will be all ‘Doom & Gloom’

According to Open Europe's comprehensive new report, UK GDP in a best case scenario, under which the UK manages to enter into liberal trade arrangements with the EU and the rest of the world, whilst pursuing large-scale deregulation at home, Britain could be better off by 1.6% of GDP in 2030.

Editorial Commentary:
Examining the ‘sacrificial entrails’ of past promises & current announcements to anticipate the 2030+ future

Back in 1975 we had a PM who ‘negotiated’ a better deal in the EU (then EEC) and promised a rosy future - only if we stayed ‘in’.  To many people ‘things could only get better’ as we were ‘in debt’ (some things never change) and ‘always on strike’, so the promises of the EEC seemed very attractive to us (yes I am that old!).


 More contributions to the EU Referendum

More news, opinions, documents, claims & counter-claims;

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Vote Leave - the campaign for a Leave vote in the EU referendum

Britain Stronger In Europe

Open Europe

HM Treasury analysis shows leaving EU would cost British households £4,300 per year

HMT:  EU referendum - HM Treasury analysis key facts

HMT:  HM Treasury analysis on the EU referendum: George Osborne's speech

Open Europe - What if...? The consequences, challenges & opportunities facing Britain outside the EU

IEA:  The free-market centre-right should embrace EU immigration policy

PC&PE:  EU membership positive for UK environment

PC&PE:  UK universities benefit while businesses lose out from EU membership

techUK:  EU Membership Report from Science & Technology Committee

ICO:  Statement on the implications of Brexit for data protection

EU News:  Deficit targets: EC “not strict enough”, warn EU Auditors

NAO:  English devolution deals

PC&PE:  UK universities benefit while businesses lose out from EU membership

Home Office:  Immigration Minister confirms UK contribution to EU/Turkey deal - UK is offering to send a team of around 75 personnel to Greece as part of the EU/Turkey deal

CJEU: Application for family reunification by non-EU Citizens – Must have stable & regular resources

Editor’s Note:  We suggest readers monitor the ‘News’ sections of the 2 campaign sites for the 2 differing views.  The WGPlus newsletter will mainly limit itself to highlighting ‘normal’ EU-related news, plus Think Tank items, PC&PE reports, etc.


 More contributions to the UK constitutional debate

More news, opinions, documents, claims & counter-claims;

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NAO:  English devolution deals

IFG:  Response to NAO report on devolution

LGA Responds to National Audit Office report on devolution deals


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There are more than eight million people in the UK with debt problems and two million without a bank account. And with serious debt problems now being caused by lower levels of arrears, this is an issue local government and housing associations increasingly grapple with, as their residents face welfare reform and mounting cuts.
Join us online for a livechat on Tuesday 26 April to explore how professionals in local government, housing and the charity sector can help those trapped by financial exclusion. Check out the expert panel here.

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News in brief
• Calls for ability to prosecute exploitation of Whitehall contracts
• Conservatives and Labour fielding far fewer women in police chief elections
• Government scraps proposed changes to trade union funding
• MPs launch fresh inquiry into civil service skills and effectiveness
• Council pension fund decisions will remain with sector says government