Why didn’t Labour complain about electoral bias when the electoral system favoured them?

The independent Boundary Commission for England (BCE) has published its initial proposals for new Parliamentary constituencies. The publication marks the start of a consultation (closes on 5 December 2016), during which the BCE needs to hear from you to help shape the proposed new constituency boundaries.


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Fighting extremism must be a joint effort

The Home Office has launched a programme of support for frontline organisations working to challenge extremism in their communities,  They are encouraged to bid for support as part of the first wave of the Building a Stronger Britain Together programme.

Why should trials be an ordeal for victims?

Vulnerable victims & witnesses will no longer have to appear in court under new plans to roll out pre-trial evidence sessions.  The cross-examinations will be recorded & played during the trial - sparing both victims & witnesses the stress of re-living traumatic events in open court.

It is not just about new Grammar Schools
New proposals to create a 21st-century school system that works for everyone have been unveiled by Education Secretary Justine Greening.  The consultation closes on 12 December 2016.
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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. 

Illustrating the potential cost of ‘open borders’ for refugees

The programme to resettle vulnerable Syrian refugees in the UK was successfully expanded at speed in order to reach an interim target to resettle 1,000 people by Christmas 2015, according to the National Audit Office, but the programme team will need to resettle more people each quarter than they have done so far in order to meet the overall target to resettle 20,000 people by May 2020.

Recycle or get ‘buried under it’
Innovative & ground-breaking schemes which have been set up by councils to boost recycling are being showcased as part of a nationwide campaign.
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Like pensions, most people don’t think about their care needs in old age

The care & support older people receive increasingly depends on where they live and how much money they have rather than their needs, according to a new report by The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust.

While some records are critical / important (child protection, immunisation, etc.)...

...others are used to just ‘pad out’ managerial reports to the detriment of service provision.

School nurses spend twice as much time on paperwork than on direct work with children in schools, research by the Children’s Commissioner for England has found.

Equivalent to more than the whole population of Scotland
New data from PHE and its new Diabetes Prevalence Model reveals 3.8m people in England aged over 16 had diabetes in 2015, around 9% of the adult population.
ICT security costs money, but lack of it costs even more

The Cabinet Office has not yet established a clear role for itself in coordinating & leading departments’ efforts to protect their information, according to the National Audit Office.

After all, the babies grow up to be workers
The country’s biggest businesses are leading the fight against pregnancy & maternity discrimination that affects around 390,000 pregnant women & new mothers each year, by forming a new alliance to show employers how to attract, develop and retain women at work.
Child abuse; pure & simple
The Home Affairs Committee says everyone involved in protecting children must be made aware of, and prevent, female genital mutilation (FGM), a form of child abuse when practiced on girls. The duty on frontline professionals to report incidences of FGM must be enforced with stronger sanctions.
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Supporting some of the most vulnerable
A new funding model for supported accommodation includes women’s refuges, homeless shelters and housing for those leaving care.

DWP:  New funding model for supported accommodation

LGA responds to supported housing announcement

Possible piercing pain resulting from use
Public Health England (PHE) is warning people who have recently had body piercings about an unsafe cleansing spray provided by piercing studios across the country for aftercare use, which may cause severe infection.  It is a 100ml bottled aftercare saline spray and is manufactured by Lion Care Products Ltd.

DH:  Warning over infection linked to an aftercare spray for piercings

A nice way to help developing countries

The NICE team working with low & middle income countries to develop & get value for money in their health systems is movng to Imperial College London.

Could you be a NICE Fellow?

NICE is a on the lookout for inspirational health & social care experts to act as ambassadors for high quality, evidence-based care.

Helping HMIC to understand the problem & map the way forward

A request to techUK members for their top priorities & questions for Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary.

Measuring the value of research
A new Forum for Responsible Metrics is being set up as a partnership between HEFCE, Research Councils UK, Wellcome, Universities UK and Jisc to advance the agenda set out in ‘The Metric Tide’, which highlighted growing pressure on higher education institutions, researchers, funders and policymakers to use metrics in managing & assessing research.

HEFCE:  New Forum for Responsible Research Metrics launched

Nothing fishy about this invitation
The Environment Agency in East Anglia is inviting applications for a share of £20,000 to help fund fish & fishing.  Do you know of a fisheries project that could benefit from some extra funding?  Money for projects to improve local facilities will be made available through the Fisheries Improvement Fund, which comes directly from rod licence sales.

EA:  Fisheries projects needed to improve the environment


 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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Open Europe: Giving meaning to Brexit

WAG:  Free access to European single market ‘a must’ for Wales’ economic future – Carwyn Jones

CBI/CBRE: London firms want Mayor to play key Brexit role

PC&PE:  Parliament should 'play a central role' in triggering Article 50

Electoral Commission:  Voters say EU Referendum was well run; But lessons should still be learnt

EU News:  Letter from President Donald Tusk before the Bratislava summit

10DS:  PM phone call with Chancellor Merkel: 13 September 2016

techUK:  Europe's future must be underpinned by positive vision for digital and Brexit

ScotGov:  Ministers call on all parties to support Scotland’s place in EU

DExEU:  David Davis chairs business roundtable with the UK's leading retailers

New European travel document to ease return of non-EU nationals


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This week we announced the Guardian Public Service Awards shortlist; has your project or team made the cut? You can find out by clicking here. The winners, decided by our panel of esteemed judges, will be announced in November 2016.
In addition, five public servants have now been shortlisted for the Public Servant of the Year award and we'd like you to vote for your favourite. Read their stories and cast your vote at the bottom of the page. Choose wisely, you only get to do it once.
Join us in Cardiff on Wednesday 28 September, when the Guardian Public Leaders Network, supported by Eversheds and Public-i, will be hosting an interactive event to showcase some of the brightest and best approaches to public service delivery in a digital age.

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Boundary reform: a missed opportunity to bring MPs and councils closer

Boundary reform: a missed opportunity to bring MPs and councils closer
Boundary commissions could have been considering how to bring together health and social care, or housing and transport

Small towns, big plans: how better transport can boost the local economy

Small towns, big plans: how better transport can boost the local economy
Our research shows there can be big benefits for small towns that focus on building homes near railway stations.

I joined the police to make a difference, but now I'm stuck in a call centre

I joined the police to make a difference, but now I'm stuck in a call centre
With desperate staff shortages, officers on the streets and answering calls are all feeling the pressure. I’m worried mistakes will be made

News in brief
• Care workers launch largest ever legal claim over minimum wage dispute
• Lack of schools and homes threatens Syrian refugee UK resettlement
• Government breached personal data security 9,000 times in a year
• Gladstone the cat is a a purrfect host for Treasury tour
• Public still ‘in the dark’ over HS2, MPs say