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Less physical violence but emotionally the damage is just as great and can ‘ruin’ retirement plans, etc.

ONS figures show that there were 2m offences of computer misuse and 3.8m fraud offences in England & Wales last year. Those are the estimates from the Office for National Statistics’ Crime Survey.  This is the first time the ONS has published fraud & computer misuse figures from the victims’ survey.

The fact that there were almost 6m of these offences is a stark reminder of how crime is changing as criminals become ever more technically capable.  As people live more of their lives online, the potential for the internet to be used by criminals to target people increases.

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You may not even realise you have been hacked

Lessons have not been learned from the realisation that a Russian website was providing links to access baby monitor cameras, says the UK’s data protection watchdog.  The launch of a website that allowed people to watch footage from insecure cameras around the world prompted a warning from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in 2014.

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The foundation of all IT security is control…But how do you control what you can't see?

An increasingly mobile workforce has led to government and public sector organisations now having to manage hundreds, thousands, if not millions, of IT assets across their networks. 

You can now see and search across ALL your IT assets in seconds — whether on-premise, cloud-based, or mobile… for FREE!  

Click here to find out more and discover how organisations such as NHS Dumfries & Galloway have achieved complete visibility and reduced the risk of data breach.

 
Life is what you make of it mostly

We shouldn’t fear a lonely old age because loneliness is far from inevitable, according to a study funded by the ESRC.  Using data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), Professor Christina Victor’s research suggests only 10% of people over 50 complain of significant loneliness – a figure which has remained unchanged since the 1940s.

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A healthier outcome which could be self-financing

A report published last week shows an NHS programme to train vulnerable people to use the internet has led to over half feeling more confident to manage their health, 21% making fewer calls or visits to their GP and 6% making fewer trips to A&E.  This behaviour change is estimated to have saved the NHS £6m in avoided GP and A&E visits in just 12 months.

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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. 

 
Will the advantages of this change outweigh the disadvantages (especially for the students building up debt)?

Following a consultation on reforms to the education funding for nursing, midwifery & allied health professional (AHP) students, the government has set out its plans to keep healthcare courses accessible for all.

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Farmers should act now to avoid ‘feeling blue’ this autumn

Bluetongue vaccines for sheep & cattle are now available across Britain, with supplies approved for use in vet practices.  There is a high risk of an outbreak of Bluetongue (BTV-8) towards the end of the summer as a result of infected midges being blown across the English Channel from France, where the disease is present.

The disease affects all ruminants, but particularly cattle & sheep.  It poses no threat to human health and does not affect meat, milk or other animal products.  Vaccination is the best way to protect Britain’s livestock, and farmers are being encouraged to talk to their vets to decide if the vaccine could help their businesses.
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Could you help ‘shape’ healthcare services?

NHS England is committed to ensuring that public & patient voices are at the centre of shaping our healthcare services. Every level of our commissioning system needs to be informed by insightful methods of listening to those who use & care about our services to inform service development.

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Potential Neutron Muon Users asked to give their input

The Research Councils are seeking input from their communities in the development of an updated long-term UK strategy for neutron science.  The UK is making a significant contribution to the construction of the world’s next generation neutron facility, the European Spallation Source (ESS) currently being built in Lund, Sweden, and is a founder member of the ESS consortia.

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Editorial CommentarySurely we can come up with some compromises on ‘Free Movement of people’

Even if ‘Brexit means Brexit’ movement of people/workers will continue to some degree, just to ensure the UK’s economy will continue to function smoothly.

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 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’:

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 More contributions to the UK constitutional debate

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

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ScotGov:  First Minister meets the PM

10DS:  PM to visit Wales to underline her strong personal support for the union

 

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When prime minister Theresa May plunged into her major redistribution of functions in Whitehall, did she pause and call in any of the extensive work done by the Institute for Government on reorganisation, or ask civil service head Sir Jeremy Heywood to distil the experience of permanent secretaries with ministers and departments? David Walker thinks not and says the prime minister plunged in without "a shred of analysis".

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News in brief
• Sheffield does billion-pound deal with China
• Universal credit falls five years behind schedule
• New justice secretary pledges to press ahead with reform
• 2,000 jobs 'at risk' in Leeds
• London's garden bridge could need public money