Was it worth the wait?
Following Sir John Chilcot's public statement and the publication of the Report of the Iraq Inquiry, the official Iraq Inquiry website provides access to the Executive Summary and the Report, Sir John’s statement in full, all supporting documents, review transcripts & recordings of the original hearings.

Iraq Inquiry Website

Brexit’s Article 50 ‘negotiating period’ will probably not end until at least 4+months of EU GDPR regulation

It’s just a few weeks since the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office set out what guidance organisations could expect & when around a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that was on track to come into force in the UK on 25 May 2018.  The result of the referendum on membership of the EU now means that the Government needs to consider the impact on the GDPR.


A New Security Approach For Government:

Latest Guide to GDPR Compliance 

In a society of ever changing regulation and compliance one thing is certain; your data is precious.

Everyone desires your data. Foreign governments, bad people pretending to be good people, search engines trying to optimise advertisements. So how do you maintain ownership of your data, and secure citizen trust through a zero-breach policy?

Pressures to modernise IT ecosystems are often exacerbated by budget restrictions… So you’ve moved your data into cloud, but are you sure it meets compliance and regulation standards?

Click here to access and download your copy of ‘A New Security Approach For Government’.

And just last week, the shortlist for Tory party leader became 2 ‘State Educated’ females!
The Government has published its response to the report by the Select Committee on Social Mobility.  A key aim of this government’s ‘one nation’ ideal is to tackle the root causes of our unequal society – to support families, to improve education, to give people the help they need to get into work. This is the best way to improve life chances for all.
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Will they ever learn?  Communication, Communication, Communication
The Local Government Ombudsman has criticised a London council after it did not carry out the remedy it had previously agreed to provide.  An investigation report highlights how London Borough of Lewisham failed to put things right for a complainant, causing her to complain to the LGO for a second time to get her issue resolved.
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We no longer really know our enemy!

Russia's annexation of Crimea and invasion of eastern Ukraine have undermined the post-Cold War assumption of a stable Europe in which the military threat to NATO is low, says the Defence Select Committee in its report. The North Atlantic alliance must therefore restore its defences, review its deterrence & reopen its dialogue with the Russian authorities.

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. 

Time to trade-in your diesel for an electric, or hybrid car?

Electric vehicle drivers in Milton Keynes can now park for free in 15,000 commuter & charging spaces with a new ‘green parking permit’ thanks to £9m of government funding.  The scheme is the first in a series of nationwide initiatives designed to increase the uptake of electric vehicles.

How did they manage before freezers?
Misconceptions about how to freeze food safely are contributing to food waste in the UK, according to new research by the Food Standards Agency.
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Online for better health

Official figures reveal that over 95% of GP practices are now set up to offer online access to detailed GP records including test results & diagnoses as well as referrals, immunisations, procedures and medications history.  This is up from just 3% of practices in January 2016.

Sounds like an advert for a breakfast cereal

The prestigious World Food Prize has this year been awarded to 4 scientists from the DFID-funded international agriculture research organisation, the CGIAR.  They were recognised for their ground-breaking work on biofortified foods, in particular a Vitamin A-enriched sweet potato which has helped millions of people beat malnutrition.

90% ‘off’ local sustainable projects

Councils invited to apply for a share of £60m of new funding to support sustainable travel.  The Department for Transport’s green sustainable travel access fund, which has been launched to encourage councils to offer sustainable transport initiatives which can improve access to jobs, skills, training & education.

One suspects much of the money is sent abroad asap!

A Public Accounts Committee report says Government must do more to deprive criminals of the proceeds of crime.  The Committee's report finds opportunities to impose confiscation orders are still being missed.  It also issues a warning about the amount of money recovered when orders are made.

Not always part of a healthy diet
Public Health England is continuing to investigate an outbreak of E. coli O157, which may be associated with eating mixed salad leaves.

DH:  Update as E. coli O157 investigation continues

My passwords are as old as I am (almost): a brief reflection on a LinkedIn hack

Jim Baines, CEO of a major US packaging company, recently made a simple mistake which lead to a cyber-attack on his company and left his clients vulnerable to hackers.

A heartless practice which added to their sorrow
The government has published its response to the recent consultation on infant cremations, which sought views on proposals for a number of changes to the Cremation (England and Wales) Regulations 2008, and for improving other aspects of cremation practice.

MoJ:  Infant cremations

Viable High Streets are the heart of communities
Minister calls on communities across the country to enter the Great British High Street competition 2016.  The competition celebrates the great work that is being done to revive, adapt & diversify the nation’s high streets and is an opportunity for councils, businesses, community groups & volunteers to learn from the very best.  The deadline for entries is Friday, 9 September 2016.

DCLG:  Launch of Great British High Street competition 2016

Your chance to influence the FSA

Opportunity for stakeholders to join the Regulating our Future programme Expert Advisory Panel.  This is a critical strategic programme for the Food Standards Agency.  It is central to their ability to fulfil their statutory purposes, public expectations in the future and to deliver their strategic plan.


 More contributions following EU Referendum

Still a ‘hot topic’, with widely spread views, for those who put fingers to keyboard in order to ‘share their views’:


 More contributions to the UK constitutional debate

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

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WAG:  Mark Drakeford sets out his plans for Welsh tax powers


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For public service contractors the big Brexit question on the morning of 24 June was and remains: does this mean more or less business?
Brexit brings new tougher policies for migration, control of UK borders, passports and internal security – fields where Serco has big contracts, David Walker observes. IT contractors are eyeing HMRC and the prospects of massive post-Brexit changes in VAT administration, but Capita may well be getting out of its translation services business. Now's the time for firms to start emphasising their Britishness, says Walker.

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News in brief
• Chilcot report released: key points from the Iraq inquiry
• Fears continue of UK civil service paralysis over EU negotiations
• LGA calls for seat for councils on Brexit negotiations
• UK ‘hotspots’ targeted in bid to calm post-Brexit tension
• Councils’ spending hits new low