Constant threat is the new norm for digital organisations; even charities!

Britain’s businesses are being urged to better protect themselves from cyber criminals after government research into cyber security found two thirds of large businesses experienced a cyber breach or attack in the past year.

The research also shows that in some cases the cost of cyber breaches & attacks to business reached £ms, but the most common attacks detected involved viruses, spyware or malware that could have been prevented using the Government’s Cyber Essentials scheme.


Empowering a More Mobile Workforce:
Delivering £3Million Efficiency Savings to DCLG

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has recently migrated to desktop virtualisation software and other tools in a move that will save £3m a year while boosting efficiency and flexibility for mobile workers.

DCLG is also part of the Public Services Network (PSN), which requires each user’s access to be secure so the solution had to meet all government security requirements, including encryption of any personal data.

 “We have saved around 40 per cent on our desktop budget. We used to spend around £7 million a year providing desktops and infrastructure, and we now spend £4 million per year on a better service that users prefer. Darren Scates CIO and Technology Leader DCLG.

Click here to find out more and download the full DCLG case study.

A death without sympathy or proper care

A national review by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found that people from certain groups in society are experiencing poorer quality care at the end of their lives than others because providers & commissioners do not always understand or fully consider their specific needs.  In ‘A different ending: Addressing inequalities in end of life care’, the CQC reports that only 67% of the 40 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) it surveyed said that they had assessed the end of life care needs of their local populations – meaning that 1 in 3 had not.

This is NOT just a case of inadequate resources

Patients are being sent home alone, afraid & unable to cope and in some cases without their relatives or carers being told, resulting in devastating consequences, according to a report by the Parliamentary & Health Service Ombudsman.  The report highlights cases investigated by the Ombudsman service where people have been discharged from hospital before they are fit to leave or without making sure they can cope on their return home.

Time for a ’Paul on the road to Damascus’ moment for multi-culturalists

Britain is too complacent about its ability to manage diversity and urgently needs to adopt a ‘more muscular’ approach to integration, Trevor Phillips writes in a new Civitas publication.   In a new pamphlet, Race and Faith: The Deafening Silence, Phillips says that many liberals have been ‘reluctant to accept that different sets of values & behaviours exhibited by some groups present a serious challenge to the process of integration’.

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 walk of Remembrance down memory Lane

Thousands of people who were involved in the Battle of the Somme will be personally remembered in a project launched last week, as part of the national Somme commemorations on 1 July 2016.  The stories & sacrifices of the men & women who played their part in the Battle of the Somme will be remembered on individually designed ‘memory squares’, created by the public, uploaded to an online gallery, and then printed onto tiles to form the ‘Path of the Remembered’ which will be laid in Manchester on 1 July.

Could your pension be boosted by a ‘hidden pot of gold’?

A new DWP website has been launched by the Pension Tracing Service (PTS) to help people more easily & quickly locate their lost pension savings.  The PTS is a FREE service that enables people to search a database of more than 320,000 pension scheme administrators.  There is currently an estimated £400m in unclaimed pension savings.

DWP:  New Pension Tracing Service Website Launched

The problem is that any really ‘fair’ system would cost a fortune to run
The Women and Equalities Committee has called into question the workings of the current public appointments process following its pre-appointment scrutiny of the new Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).
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Editorial Commentary:  Brexit would ‘lead to armed conflict’?

Having read / listened to an onslaught of comments from the IMF, POTUS, etc. over the past few weeks and now being told by our own PM that Brexit would ‘probably lead to collapse of the EU’ and ‘increase the risk of Europe descending into war’, one has to wonder why all these people/organisations didn’t try harder to meet Mr Cameron’s original fairly minor requests for treaty change last year. 

This latest ‘Project Fear’ assault was accompanied by a one-sided announcement on potential whiskey tariffs (Defra:  Leaving the EU could put scotch whisky exports on the rocks).   No mention about EU countries potentially losing one off their biggest export markets for wine as, due to UK tariffs, we would all switch to New World, etc. wines that would be cheaper (Could be a ‘driver’ for a quick tariff deal there one suspects!)


 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

NIESR: Uncharted territory: the Implications of Leaving the EU Think

NIESR: Prospects for the UK economy

ICO:  EU campaign firm fined for sending spam texts

PC&PE:  Completion of Economic and Monetary Union 'unlikely' by 2025

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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As the EU referendum approaches, 40% of the general public said membership was detrimental to public services, in stark contrast to those working in the sector. A new report by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accounting (Cipfa) attempts to disentangle some of the complex issues surrounding the European Union, to give voters a better understanding of how a vote to leave might impact on health, local government, higher education, security and other parts of the public sector.
One thing is for sure, according to Cipfa's Rob Whiteman: "Decoupling the British state from the EU will cause tremendous upheaval for public services for many years."

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Event: integrating social care and health
At 17:30 on Tuesday 5 July at the Highcliff Marriott Hotel in Bournemouth, we are convening a high-level debate at the LGA annual conference and we hope you will join us. There will be a brief introduction from the Guardian and KPMG, followed by contributions from an expert panel that will frame a conversation with our audience of local government leaders. This will continue over a private invite dinner.
To register interest, contact gpsevents@theguardian.com stating whether you are interested in attending the debate and meal or debate only.