Reducing confusion of route to gaining technical skills

Thousands of ineffective courses that short-change employers and young people will be replaced with 15 straightforward routes into technical employment creating a more skilled workforce fit for modern Britain.

Currently young people considering a technical education must choose between more than 20,000 courses provided by 160 different organisations with no clear indicator of which course will give them the best chance of landing a job.  For example a budding engineer must choose from a possible 501 courses.


Contactless Payments Travel Well In London

Each day, around 15 million journeys take place on the trains, buses and Underground networks of London. Transport for London (TfL) runs the public transportation network, managing the varied systems that move Londoners and visitors safely to their destinations.

This video showcases how TfL transformed its ticketing system with contactless payments to provide time-saving convenience for transit riders and operational efficiencies for TfL. As a result, these changes enabled:​

  • Shorter queues to purchase tickets for riders
  • Costs associated with fare collection were reduced by 45%
  • Reinvestment in the transit system

Click here to learn how contactless payments can bring efficiency and convenience to your city.

But is ScotGov providing the necessary additional resources & rewarding staff for the extra responsibility?

Deputy FM John Swinney has ‘clarified’ to Parliament the implementation of the named person policy in light of uncertainty around the Supreme Court decision.

‘Limited room at the Inn’

On 1 January 2016, the population of the EU was estimated at 510.1m, compared with 508.3m on 1 January 2015.  During the year 2015, almost 5.1m babies were born in the EU, while more than 5.2m persons died, meaning that the EU recorded for the first time ever a negative natural change of its population.  The remainder of the change (positive) is driven mainly by net migration.

It’s all about YOU!

People with long-term conditions in 37 areas across England are next in line to receive person-centred support to manage their own care, thanks to the roll-out of an evidence-based tool over the next 5 years.  The Patient Activation Measure (PAM) is a validated tool which captures the extent to which people feel engaged and confident in taking care of their health & wellbeing, helping professionals tailor support to better meet their needs.

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. 

One can never ‘cure’ the problems of the NHS; stability is the best one can hope for
Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have secured better engagement from GPs than previous forms of commissioning but still face numerous barriers to putting power in doctors’ hands, according to a new report published by The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust.
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Urgent appeal to find family of Liverpool Sergeant killed in World War 2

At just 19 years old, Sergeant (Sgt) Arthur Pulman should have had his whole life before him, instead he was killed when his RAF Lancaster bomber was shot down over Germany in 1944. The MOD’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) is appealing for the gunner’s family to get in touch after his grave site was finally identified over 70 years after he was killed in action.

Difficult to fight for ‘Queen & Country’ while thinking about your family living in sub-standard housing

A Public Accounts Committee report says Government must take decisive action now to improve the accommodation service provided to Armed Forces families.  In the Committee's report, it concludes the MoD and contractor CarillionAmey are "badly letting down service families" by providing them with poor accommodation and often leaving them without basic requirements.

Being prepared for life

Demos’ independent evaluation of the Scout Association’s Character by Doing pilot scheme in English schools – supported by the DfE’s character grant – has found extra-curricular activities can encourage “statistically significant and positive impacts” on primary school children’s leadership skills.  The evaluation showed students participating in the pilot improved their leadership capabilities by 22% over 6 months.

Possibly save time & money
Ahead of the new academic year, schools are being urged to take advantage of special deals negotiated by the government that could save them thousands of pounds on their energy, ICT equipment and printers and photocopiers.  All publicly funded schools are free to make use of these pre-existing contracts, and on average they could save up to 10% on energy and over 40% for printers and photocopiers, also known as ‘multi-functional devices’ (MFDs).

DfE:  Cash savings for schools

NCA uses ‘Al Capone move’ to ensure crime doesn’t pay

A £650,000 house is to be sold to meet the tax liability on cash payments linked to an alleged conspiracy, backed by Moammar Gaddafi, to assassinate the then Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah.

Stephanie Jeavons, Deputy Director of NCA’s Economic Crime Command, commented:  “Few people realise that the NCA has the power to disrupt criminality through the use of tax powers as well as through civil proceedings. These are very powerful weapons in our arsenal which do not necessarily require an existing conviction.

NCA:  Tax payable on assassination plot profits ~ FBI — How the Law Finally Caught Al Capone

Editorial Comment: Has Baldric moved to Scotland with a ‘cunning plan’?

Although the ScotGov is still valiantly ‘pretending’ its economy is backed by significant oil revenues, the November 2015 OBR forecast figure for this year of £130m contrasted with actual receipts for 2014-2015 of £2.2bn, leaving a significant shortfall.


 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;

Researched Links:

DCLG:  Devolution & the Northern Powerhouse

NLGN:  Research project gives cities control over a third of corporation tax to fix UK’S stalling productivity

ScotGov:  Transfer of new powers

NGLN:  Devolution Revolution - The next steps to deliver outcomes

10DS:  PM to visit Scotland and underline commitment to "preserving this special union”


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As Theresa May shapes her cabinet and Oliver Letwin leaves his role in the Cabinet Office, it's particularly pertinent to note that good leaders are made, not born. That applies as much to the civil service as to politicians, as Dave Penman of the FDA remarks on, as he welcomes the focus on leadership in the civil service workforce plan. He does, however, worry that a shift to external recruitment will create a two-tier pay structure, frustrating internal talent, and there are few promises on financial reward.
"If our new prime minister and cabinet have any sense, commitment and resource will one of their first priorities," says Penman.

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