‘Prevention’ is partially down to our own behaviour

Just 2% of people in Britain can identify all the health & lifestyle factors that can increase risk of developing dementia.  28% of the British public is unable to correctly identify any potentially modifiable risk factor for developing dementia, according to new findings from the British Social Attitudes survey, which was commissioned by Public Health England (PHE).


Data-Driven Government: The Next Phase of Public Service Reform

Webinar: Thursday 3rd November 2016 14:00GMT

In a post-Brexit world, the UK has the potential to be a pioneer in the use of Big Data for Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.

In this upcoming webinar, techUK Central Government Council member Aingaran Pillai will discuss how the current administration must look at everything through fresh, data focused eyes for a truly joined-up, streamlined digital government.

Click here to register or to request a recording of the webinar if you’re unable to attend.

It always comes down to ‘cost’ in the end

The Accelerated Access Review: final report, commissioned by the government and led by an independent chair, has been published. The review aims to make the UK a world-leader in healthcare innovation, with an NHS that embraces the new drugs & technologies that patients need and supports work with local areas to develop solutions to their specific healthcare needs.

6 Years late!
NHS England CE Simon Stevens has announced a £130m investment to kick-start the upgrade of radiotherapy equipment and transform cancer treatment across England.  The investment will pay for over 100 replacements or upgrades of radiotherapy machines in hospitals around England.

NHS England launches biggest upgrade to NHS cancer treatment in 15 years

Stick to the 3Ps or risk blocked sewers

The Consumer Council for Water is supporting calls for consumers to be provided with accurate & consistent advice on what not to flush down the loo.  Water UK – which represents water companies – has written to Trading Standards to complain about what it calls ‘misleading’ packaging of wet wipes and other items that claim to be flushable.

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. 

Protection & Advice against flooding
A new, independent report launched last week will help people better protect their homes & businesses from risk of flooding and recover more quickly if the worst happens.  A “one stop shop” advice web portal, www.centre4resilience.org, has been established to make it easier for people to find the most relevant information on better protecting their properties against flooding.
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Put them in a prison cell with a ‘phone’ that rings at random times 24/7!
Statement from Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham in response to Government plans to introduce fines for company directors heading up nuisance call firms“Making directors responsible will stop them ducking away from fines by putting their company into liquidation.  It will stop them leaving by the back door as the regulator comes through the front door.”
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A historically ‘unrecognised’, but increasing problem
The Department for Transport is trialling the addition of drug driving education to the existing rehabilitation courses in England & Wales for people convicted of driving while over the alcohol limit.  About 1,000 offenders will attend the combined courses which have been introduced after figures show a fifth of convicted drug drivers had previously been banned for drink driving. 

DfT:  New course to warn of the dangers of drug driving

Have your say on a contentious issue

A consultation has been launched recently on exemptions to reforms which limit the child elements in Child Tax Credit and Universal Credit to a maximum of 2 children from April 2017.  The change is part of reforms designed to make the benefits system fairer – and ensure people on benefits have the same choices as those supporting themselves solely through work.

Scare safely!
Safety charity RoSPA is helping families across Northern Ireland with some important advice ahead of this year’s Halloween celebrations.  Following the Firework Code and sparkler safety advice can help prevent the painful injuries that send people, including very young children, to hospital around Halloween each year.

RoSPA:  Avoid a Halloween fright night by keeping kids safe from fireworks and sparklers

Much more than just a good read

According to recent research carried out across England, public libraries should be focusing on & prioritising 4 significant areas for development.  These are: ‘placing the library as the hub of the community’; ‘making the most of digital technology and creative media’, ‘ensuring that libraries are resilient and sustainable’ and ‘delivering the right skills for those who work in libraries’.

It looks like the upcoming European national elections could be quite ‘interesting’
Polling undertaken as part of a major Demos think tank project – Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself – shows Euroscepticism is no longer just a British phenomenon, with a desire for EU reform sweeping the continent.

Demos:  The Age of Fear - new polling reveals a gloomy, divided Europe

EU News:  EU budget: "We have to deal with the problem caused by Brexit"

Will this ever ‘get off the ground’?
The EU should tackle deteriorating security in & around Europe by helping its armed forces to work together better, as a first step in building a common defence policy, say Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs in two resolutions.

EU News:  Foreign affairs MEPs call for common EU defence policy

MEPs sound wake-up call on nuclear threats

Editorial Comment:  ‘What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander’

Nicola Sturgeon has been ‘going on’ about how since the ‘failed’ independence vote ‘things have changed’ with the Brexit vote.  Apparently this nullifies the ‘once in a lifetime’ promise the SNP made 2 years ago and justifies them threatening another independence referendum.


 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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10DS:  European Council October 2016: Prime Minister's press statement

10DS:  Joint Ministerial Committee 24 October 2016: statement

DExEU:  David Davis chairs roundtable with business leaders

ScotGov:  Brexit negotiations - Scotland must be equal partner

ScotGov:  JMC must give Article 50 clarity

ScotGov:  Russell: ‘no UKG Brexit plan’

ScotGov:  Migrants vital to economy

ScotGov:  State of the Economy

WAG:  Statement by the FM following yesterday's Joint Ministerial Committee

TUC: Collapse of EU-Canada trade deal should be a wake-up call to politicians

EHRC:  Commission chair meets Polish ambassador to discuss rise in hate crime

NAO:  Progress on the Common Agricultural Policy Delivery Programme

techUK tells peers sector needs maximum market access

techUK:  Initial techUK views on chemical legislation after EU exit

Open Europe: How the UK’s financial services sector can continue thriving after Brexit

Civitas:  EU economies have more to lose than the UK from curbs on trade

Civitas:  The £13bn cost to EU exporters of failing to agree free trade terms with post-Brexit UK

Demos:  The Age of Fear - new polling reveals a gloomy, divided Europe

IFG:  Constitutional crisis looms if UK nations cannot agree on Brexit

EU News:  EU budget: "We have to deal with the problem caused by Brexit"

EC proposes major corporate tax reform for the EU


 More contributions to the UK constitutional debate

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

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Wales Office:  Second ministerial meeting on the Welsh government's new funding arrangements

ScotGov:  Transport Minister demands full devolution of Network Rail


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Greater Manchester has a bus problem. Despite the investment of hundred of millions of pounds in its bus infrastructure, the city has seen a 40% drop in passenger footfall since privatisation 30 years ago. Meanwhile, the number of journeys made on London's buses has doubled in the same amount of time – London being the only region in which deregulation legislation was not applied.
Thankfully for Manchester, change is afoot. The bus services bill should give power to the new mayor, making travel easier, writes Andrew Fender. Meanwhile, politicians in and around London are exercised about the expansion of Heathrow.

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We governors warned of the danger of more prison deaths, but no-one listened

We governors warned of the danger of more prison deaths, but no-one listened
The £14m pledged by the justice secretary won’t go far enough in stopping violence such as the killing of Jamal Mahmoud in Pentonville prison

Sport and extremism: 'If young people are excluded, they're easier to radicalise'

Sport and extremism: 'If young people are excluded, they're easier to radicalise'
How boxing and football clubs are helping young Muslims in the poorer neighbourhoods of Brussels find a positive place in society

After 30 chaotic years on Manchester's privatised buses, it's time for change

After 30 chaotic years on Manchester's privatised buses, it's time for change
Bus journeys have fallen 40% since privatisation, while in London they’ve doubled. Greater Manchester’s new mayor needs to take back control

News in brief
• Study says 850,000 UK public sector jobs could be automated by 2030
• The places that have lost out in changes to local government funding
• National Audit Office to review Government Digital Service after payment delays
• Keep under-25s out of adult prisons, MPs urge
• Heathrow airport expansion gets government approval
• UK government boosts local air quality with £3m in funding