This is a familiar theme over the years

The Public Accounts Committee report raises new concerns about Government spending on consultants & temporary staff, as it is disappointed issues identified in 2010 "have not been properly addressed".  The Report highlights that departments' overall spending on temporary staff has increased by up to 90% since 2011–12 "and specialist temporary staff often cost twice as much as permanent staff".

The Committee is ‘not convinced’ the Cabinet Office has a clear strategy to reduce the skills gap across government, and is concerned deficiencies in departments' workforce planning "means they do not know their future resource needs and will have to resort more often to using consultants and temporary staff".


Protecting the Cloud:

How Government Can Secure its Critical Data from the Customer to the Cloud and Back

Cloud adoption is on the increase in the public sector but continues to be hindered by the high risk associated with moving data to the cloud.

Government organisations of all sizes and sectors are seeking solutions to address their cloud computing challenges. Securing the cloud requires a variety of technologies, and no single technology can address every challenge.

This latest guide discusses the unique challenges government faces when moving to the cloud, how these challenges can be overcome and how to protect your critical data from the customer to the cloud and back.

Click here to access this latest White Paper.

As the Bard would put it; ‘To be Traditional or Academy, that is the Question!’

New analysis published recently by the Local Government Association shows that local authority maintained schools continue to perform more highly in Ofsted inspections than academies.   Council leaders are now calling on the Government to withdraw plans to force all schools to become academies by 2022, and allow schools to choose for themselves the most appropriate ways to improve education for their pupils.

Invitation to ‘tool-up’ for better care

People with long-term conditions will be supported to better manage their own health and care needs, thanks to the roll-out of an evidence-based tool over the next 5 years.  NHS England has agreed a deal which will grant nearly 2m people access to more person-centred care as part of its developing Self Care programme.

New measures will hopefully ‘knock them out cold’

Cold callers will no longer be able to hide or disguise their phone numbers as Government continues to crack down on nuisance calls.  From 16 May 2016, direct marketing companies registered in the UK will need to display their phone numbers when making unsolicited phone calls - even if their call centres are based abroad.

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. 

Doing more with the same or less
A microsite showcasing examples where councils in England have saved money & improved services for residents by managing demand has been launched by the LGA.  Councils are facing the twin challenge of funding reductions and increasing demand on their services.  This resource equips councils with the knowledge & tools they need to manage demand effectively.  It demonstrates how councils are changing their relationship with residents to better understand & manage demand.
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The Yanks have come
The 2016 Transatlantic Practice Exchange started recently, with the arrival of Rachel Yoder to learn about youth homelessness in England from Depaul UK.
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Can you help stop the endless repeats?
Performance Live (working title) is a partnership between Arts Council England and BBC Arts in association with Battersea Arts Centre. They want to hear ideas for live performance – including theatre, dance, comedy, spoken word, live art & everything in between for BBC television.  Sound like something you could apply for?  The deadline for submissions is 10am Thursday 19 May 2016.

ACE:  Callout for creative live performance ideas for BBC television

We have to have it, so better it is done in ‘best’ way

The Institute for Government (IfG), Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) are launching a project to look at how they can improve the process around budgets and tax policy-making.  The IfG will contribute its understanding of policy-making and Whitehall processes, the CIOT its extensive practitioner expertise and the IFS its deep knowledge and analysis of fiscal policy.

Start-Ups ‘all in a twitter’ about free tickets
techUK is holding a Twitter competition for start-ups to win 1 of 10 tickets to our flagship public sector event, #techUKPS2030. The winners will gain free access to the event, which offers the opportunity to meet potential partners & customers and learn about the potential for tech to drive innovation in public services.  To apply, retweet this techUK Tweet before midnight on Wednesday 4 May:

techUK:  Free tickets to #techUKPS2030 for start-ups


 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

Home Secretary’s speech on the UK, EU and our place in the world

BIS:  TTIP: Separating myth from fact

PC&PE:  Committee unanimously agrees EU referendum analysis

EU News:  Dijsselbloem wants simpler budget rules for eurozone

PC&PE:  Government must act now to reduce EU penalties

Migration Watch:  Net migration from the EU may have been undercounted by 50,000 a year

RUSI:  Northern Ireland’s Delicate Peace Process at Risk Should the UK Leave the EU

TUC: Brexit could put millions of people at greater risk of accident or injury at work

10DS:  On Europe even we can agree: for British workers it’s better in - article by David Cameron and Brendan Barber

EU News:  Markets in financial instruments: Negotiations to start on one-year delay

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.


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Manchester and Sheffield quadrupled in size between 1801 and 1851, during Britain's rail revolution, and Bradford grew eightfold. Kicking off our new series, Connecting Britain, Lord Adonis explains how the arrival of HS3 could be similarly transformative.
Journalist Susanna Rustin analyses the scepticism surrounding government's transport plans in the north, and on Tuesday 28 June we'll be hosting a seminar in Manchester about how far economic growth in the north depends on transport. Register for the event here.

Connecting Britain
Lord Adonis: HS3 could be the rail revolution of the 20th century

Lord Adonis: HS3 could be the rail revolution of the 20th century
During the 1800s, Manchester and Sheffield quadrupled. High-speed rail could bring similar results

Transport for the north: cutting through the scepticism

Transport for the north: cutting through the scepticism
People may doubt Osborne’s ‘northern power sham’, but the north still needs to make its voice heard

Does economic growth in the north depend on transport? Join our free seminar

Does economic growth in the north depend on transport? Join our free seminar
On 28 June the Guardian will be hosting a debate at Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry

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Devolution will decide the future of the civil service

Devolution will decide the future of the civil service
A new civil service inquiry doesn’t even mention devolution – yet it will determine the shape of Whitehall

Anyone with a problem they can’t solve heads for my library

Anyone with a problem they can’t solve heads for my library
In a world where services and spaces are privatised, what libraries offer seems too good to be true

News in brief
• Whitehall has fewer female bosses under Cameron, says Labour
• Civil servant accused of misleading MPs over Sheffield office closure
• Local authority schools outperform academies, research suggests
• Cameron hints at concession over councils working with schools
• Fire deaths rise by 21% as chiefs issue cuts warning