General view; Lots of pomp, but little circumstance
Various press releases related to the 2016 Queen’s Speech.
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Spotlight 2016: Infrastructure Optimisation for the Next Generation
Newbury Racecourse Thursday 30th June 10am onwards

You are cordially invited to attend SPOTLIGHT 2016: Cristie Data’s inaugural technology focus event! 

Some of the IT industry's leading and most dynamic technology companies will be presenting and discussing their latest views on technology and IT services. Discussion topics include:

  • Data Storage, Management, Protection and DR
  • Cloud Services - Backup, DR, Storage and Compute
  • Infrastructure, Server and Desktop Virtualisation
  • Hyper-convergence in the modern data centre

The event will also feature special keynote sessions, an Expo running in our own private suite throughout and an evening of horse racing.

SPOTLIGHT 2016 is a FREE event not to be missed!

Click here to find out more!

Caring can be exhausting

NHS England has published the Integrated approach to identifying & assessing Carer health & wellbeing.  Developed in collaboration with a wide range of partners and which forms part of NHS England’s ongoing Commitment to Carers.

The ‘integrated approach’ provides a toolkit that clarifies the new duties on NHS organisations under the Care Act 2014 and the Children and Families Act 2014, provides a template Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support joined up working locally, and includes numerous examples of positive practice of work that have proven successful in supporting carers and their families.

Many are also still trying to raise a family and pay off a mortgage as well 

With people living longer and fewer young people entering the labour market, Britain’s employers are increasingly reliant on the skills & talents of older workers to boost productivity.  However, the ageing population also means that there will be an estimated 9m carers in the UK by 2037, many of whom will be trying to juggle both care & employment.

Consideration for what’s going on in their minds is a key to success
With the focus on relationships in Mental Health Week, NHS England has put the spotlight on Sheffield where they are helping nurture relationships between adopters, foster carers and children to improve their adoption outcomes & mental health.  Almost 50 adopted children have had a smoother transition to their new homes thanks to a fresh £85,000 scheme in Sheffield helping assess and support their mental health needs.
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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. 

Hospitals are not ‘doing their bit’ to reduce need to use antibiotics

The Patients Association has called for all Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG s) to implement NICE's 2015 Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) guidelines aimed at minimising the risk of antibiotic resistance (AMR) – a huge global health threat and one of the most significant threats to patients' safety in the UK.

Does Regulation work sometimes?

The CMA has published an evaluation of the decision to break up BAA.  Following an investigation completed in 2009, the Competition Commission (CC), one of the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) predecessor bodies, ruled that BAA should be required to sell 3 of its airports to increase competition for the benefit of airlines & passengers.

Your life is even ‘cheaper’ if you use illegal tobacco!

Efforts to reduce smoking are being undermined by millions of cheap, illegal cigarettes containing up to 500% higher levels of cancer-causing chemicals flooding the black market, warn councils.  The Local Government Association (LGA) said recent council hauls have seen sniffer dogs used to trace bootlegged and counterfeit tobacco.

True democracy starts with voter registration
With the EU referendum fast approaching, the Electoral Commission has sent an impartial booklet to 28m households across the UK recently.  This comes as a recent Commission survey found that around 12% said they think they are able to register to vote right up to the day of the referendum on Thursday 23 June.  Only 3% of people are spontaneously aware of the correct deadline and 74% either don’t know the date or believe it is later than 7 June.  The booklet reminds voters that if they are not already registered to vote then they must do this by the deadline of Tuesday 7 June 2016.

Electoral Commission:  Don’t miss out! Voters warned not to miss registration deadline for EU referendum

The ultimate in visual presentation!
OS Model Builder is a new visualisation tool that can support projects, including Level 2 BIM activities, and will save the construction industry and its clients’ time and money when planning future projects.  It is the result of an exciting new collaboration between Cadline and Ordnance Survey (OS) to provide Autodesk Infraworks 360 customers with a single source of Great Britain’s most accurate and up-to-date collection of geographic data, all presented in a pre-configured CAD-ready file that can be used to create 2 & 3D building or infrastructure models in minutes rather than days or weeks.  The application is available over the web, runs on any device and can be trialled for FREE.

Ordnance Survey:  New 3D Modelling application to save money & time

Are you ready for the upgrade to Bacs security?
From 13 June 2016, changes being made to internet security will affect access to Bacs via the Bactel-IP, and also the Payment Services Website.  Organisations that use Bacs to pay salaries or to settle supplier invoices, must make sure their Bacs software solution and IT can support the new security measures – if they do not, they will not be able to log on to the system to make critical payments, including payroll.

techUK:  Imminent internet security changes could lock you out of Bacs – don’t get caught out


 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

Migration Watch UK: Impact of immigration on the public finances

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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