This one will ‘run & run’ - The Public Accounts Committee has published its report examining the early programme preparation for High Speed 2.
Points raised in the report include:
Press release & links ~ IEA responds to new government analysis of HS2 ~ High Speed Two (HS2) rail will deliver jobs & growth across the country ~ DfT: Would an independent Scotland pay all the costs to extend HS2 beyond Leeds & Manchester? (2nd item)
Working ‘smarter’ rather than just spending more money could prevent hospital ‘scandals’ - Smarter use of information on front line NHS employees could help prevent more scandals over poor patient care by highlighting early warning signs before problems escalate to crisis point.
That’s according to new research by the CIPD in collaboration with the Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA), which found ‘43% of healthcare workers surveyed are concerned that examples of poor patient care such as those highlighted at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust could occur in their organisation’.
NHS care crisis: smarter use of people management data could provide early warning system ~ NHS Confed: 'Myths and misinformation' about NHS emergency services risk undermining patient care ~ Hunt - NHS must fundamentally change to solve A&E problems ~ Jeremy Hunt confirms commitment to balance patient safety & privacy ~ Health bodies commit to working together to drive up NHS improvements ~ Time to act, says Ombudsman in report which reveals failings in the urgent treatment of sepsis ~ More than 5,000 patients carry out hospital inspections ~ £1bn to help A&Es and NHS staff access medical records in hi-tech hospital revolution ~ Global expert publishes world-leading safety plan for NHS ~ TKF: Our response to Don Berwick's report on patient safety ~ Patient safety in Scotland ~ Report on urgent & emergency services ~ The Patients Association comments on the findings of the Keogh Review ~ Jeremy Hunt sets out plans to tackle mediocrity and inadequate leadership in the NHS ~ Older patients at high risk of hospital falls ~ Call for ‘patient safety officers’ to stamp out Mid Staffs-style abuses ~ TKF: Time for a new model NHS? (6th item) ~ Monitor: Good Practice must be spread to all NHS Hospital Trusts (4th item)
As simple as ABC – ‘Children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school than their peers’, according to new research from the Institute of Education (IOE), which is believed to be the first to examine the effect of reading for pleasure on cognitive development over time. The study found that children who read for pleasure made more progress in maths, vocabulary & spelling between the ages of 10 & 16 than those who rarely read.
Press release & links ~ Success for Seven Stories, winner of National Lottery Awards best education project ~ Bright British Boys Lose Out With 30 Month Reading Gap ~ National literacy awards celebrate achievements of previously struggling readers ~ Children's cognitive abilities relatively unaffected by having working mothers, latest analysis shows ~ How big an influence do genes have on children's reading skills? ~ New grammar, punctuation and spelling test will raise children’s literacy standards ~ National reading and numeracy tests begin in Welsh schools ~ How can we stlil raed words wehn teh lettres are jmbuled up? ~ Every Child a Reader more than trebles school's success in reading ~ How good music teaching can support children's literacy ~ Ofsted: Improving Literacy Standards could lead to a NEET solution
Prison doesn’t necessarily turn all youths into hardened criminals - Reconviction rates in are now at their lowest level in 14 years, statistics show.
Press release & links ~ Funding to reduce re-offending ~ BIS: Recruiting ex-service personnel to teach in poorly performing schools may not be such a ‘wild’ idea after all ~ LGA: Better Whitehall coordination key to tackling crime in communities ~ Charities benefiting from expert re-offending analysis ~ Re-offending is up while fewer people enter the criminal justice system ~ Does Supervision After Release From Prison Reduce Re-offending? - Analytical summary ~ Offender mentor hub launched ~ Analysis of the impact of employment on re-offending following release from custody, using Propensity Score Matching ~ MPs publish report on youth justice
If God could create ‘everything’ in less than a week, surely banks can switch accounts in 7 days? - The Chancellor of the Exchequer has highlighted the forthcoming ‘Current Account Switch Service’ as a core part of the government’s plan to reform ’s banking system, ahead of its launch this week. The new Service will let consumers safely & reliably switch their accounts between banks in 7 days, with a guarantee that they will be fully protected against any financial loss in the event a problem occurs during the switch.
Press release & links
Not Proven? – In its response to the Environmental Audit Committee report on Pollinators & Pesticides, the Government rejects the mounting peer-reviewed evidence that led the European Commission to conclude that a moratorium on the use of 3 neonicotinoid insecticides is a proportionate & necessary step to protect bees and other insect pollinators.
Press release & links ~ EFSA assesses risks to bees from fipronil ~ Honey, honey ~ PC&PE: We need to Bee more proactive on this threat (2nd item)
Time to end this ‘scandal’ - The government has announced that it now intends to make payments to pre-September 1992 Equitable Life With-Profits Annuity (WPA) policyholders this financial year (2013 to 2014) rather than the next financial year, as previously planned.
Press release & links
Would rUK vote to keep in the
Press release & links ~ PC&PE: Still many questions to be answered before voters can make an informed choice, rather than emotional choice (4th item)
Better to replace before they ‘fall over’ - Older ICT systems that are critical for the delivery of key public services (‘legacy ICT’) expose departments to risks which must be understood & managed, according to the National Audit Office. A particular risk is that departments dependent on legacy ICT will find it more challenging to achieve the business transformation envisaged by the Government in its digital strategy.
Managing the risks of legacy ICT to public service delivery
Continuing the fight for healthier hospitals – Publication of the UK Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy aids continuation of national & international action on treatment, education & monitoring of bacteria in ‘fight’ to overcome problem of antimicrobial resistance.
Press release & links
Defacing the countryside & risking nuclear power may not be the only options – A major milestone in the quest to find more efficient ways of generating electricity from waste heat, and to reduce carbon emissions, has real potential in a vast range of applications.
Press release & links
Lucky for one journalist – The Institute of Physics (IOP) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) have announced that the nomination process for the IOP-STFC Physics Journalism Prize 2013 – which will reward one journalist with an expense-paid trip to Chicago – is now open (closes Friday 13 December 2013)
Press release & links
Digital Governance - The Business Case for Public Sector Board-Portals - The drive to a ‘Digital by Default’ public sector continues unabated with the NHS intent on being paperless by 2018, local government increasingly moving to ‘Channel Shift’ CRM solutions and the proliferation of self-service portals empowering and enabling UK citizens.
In-line with the Government Digital Strategy, board portals enable public sector Directors, trustees and senior management teams to embrace the digital option to improve governance. Board portals also let Administrators produce board materials more efficiently.
Put simply, board portals:
G20: World leaders back international action against tax avoidance and evasion
TUC announces day of action against blacklisting
UK forces leave transformed Afghan district
Barclays Cycle Hire system upgrades pave the way for expansion in December
Trac Môn races ahead – (Trac Môn racing circuit)
IfG statement on PASC’s call for a Parliamentary Commission
Global shipping sector looks to London
RoSPA Launches SchoolSafe programme to boost H&S management
IPCC investigation into Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher finds a case for gross misconduct
Putney to Blackfriars River Bus service is a sail away success
Unite calls for public inquiry into safety of Super Pumas
One in three children in Suffolk go to a primary school that is not good enough
Royal Navy air squadron reformed to fly new jets
Former military chief to lead independent review of ACPO
Collaborating on the historic environment
Minister backs buy heating oil early campaign
Summer Discoveries at Stonehenge
London reservists hone military skills
FSCS set to distribute more to customers of Keydata Investment Services
Minister acclaims more separated parents than ever paying towards their children
LGA: Better Whitehall coordination key to tackling crime in communities
'Grave concerns' over offshoring threat of back office work
Revamped Mountain Forecasts - You Talked we listened
National Performance Centre for Sport
Accessibility improvements completed at 35 Tube stations
Salmonella outbreak in England and Wales investigated – (FSA ~ Outbreak of salmonella has links to the consumption of cooked meats)
IPCC update on Hillsborough investigation
RoSPA Scotland supports NHS scheme to protect children from Liquitabs
Save energy & cash this winter
Putting the parish perspective back in town
Act now or risk a lost generation, warns Greening
Davey: UK shale gas development will not be at expense of climate change targets
Chancellor: British economy is turning a corner
Prime Minister backs the joint Defence Growth Partnership
Curriculum for Excellence
Troubled Families programme – (Minister welcomes new project to help young parents)
Welsh Government launches Stoptober – (Stoptober)
Home Office response to child sexual exploitation inquiry – (ICO responds to Michael Gove article in today's Daily Telegraph)
Welsh Government will not let Remploy workers slip through the net
New Focus years programme announced – (Focus Years programme)
Industrial strategy: conference update 2013 – (Government must deliver on industrial strategy to sustain recovery, says CBI chief ~ Government and industry unite behind industrial strategy to help British businesses grow)
New £19.3m support fund for adoptive parents
UK Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy published
Data matching to make individual electoral registration easier
Putting communities in control: giving social tenants more power
Preston City Deal to build new roads and create thousands of jobs and homes
GPs likely to become named clinician for vulnerable older people - (27 September 2013)
Communities consulted on radioactive waste disposal site - (5 December 2013)
New tables will give parents & young people the full facts on performance of colleges and school sixth-forms – (20 November 2013)
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GOV.UK consultations ~ Current ScotGov consultations ~ Recently added WAG consultations
New generation of academy sponsors driving school-to-school improvement
Ofsted Chief welcomes rapid rise in school performance - over 600,000 more children now receiving a good or better education - (Latest official statistics: Maintained school inspections and outcomes)
International Affairs September 2013 Issue
Boost for Scottish economy – (Bank of Scotland PMI survey)
Don’t blame the banks for not lending enough to small businesses
Studying the causes of extreme weather in 2012
Government mistaken in focusing on Gold as route to full open access, says Committee
Councils warned about care home fees following ombudsman’s report – (Report)
Careers guidance in schools not working well enough – (Government calls for culture change in careers guidance ~ CBI responds to Ofsted report on career guidance)
DFID Research: Empowering women to combat HIV
VSO says excluding women from politics is a barrier to ending global poverty
Two aircraft carriers would cement UK’s position as global player – (Lightning II jets in vertical night landing tests)
Auditor General publishes annual improvement report 2012-13 on Caerphilly CBC
IEA: Leading economists warn 1% growth could become the UK’s new norm
Young Leaders Forum
Warming up the lives of millions – latest official Winter Fuel Payment statistics
New survey shows Welsh Woodlands are seen as a community resource – (Public Opinion of Forestry Survey)
Business as usual for top UK Universities
Ofsted reports back to Medway Council following focused inspections
Driving the 'car' into Cardiff
Older prisoners report published
DFID Research: What works in education in developing countries
Chatham House: New Report: Swaziland Reform - A Call for International Engagement
Demos: build retirement properties to free up 3m family homes
JRF Working families hit living standards ceiling under Universal Credit
FCA to carry out market study into cash savings - study is part of programme to look at competition across financial services markets
NEF: Four ways to better courts
Working together to combat pension liberation fraud
ICO calls for law change to help clampdown on nuisance calls
OFT secures further improvements to gyms contracts – (Time for the rest of the gym industry to put customers first)
Changes proposed to pharmacy regulation
Creating an Accessible Civil Justice System for the people of Scotland
One step closer to court broadcasting
Procurement Bill sent to Parliament
EU and Ministers
reaffirm importance of ITER for future energy needs
9 September 2013 - ECB modifies loan-level reporting requirements for some asset-backed securities
Adjusted customs tariff on flat panel displays set to increase technology trade & application within the EU
Report on Health inequalities: gaps in life expectancy & infant mortality narrow across the EU
CBI comments on EU legal challenge to FTT
Council of the EU presented 2014 budget priorities to the European Parliament
European Parliament’s endorsement of the political agreement on Market Abuse Regulation
Commission proposes major step forward for telecoms single market
Welsh and Latvian students get a taste of the EU
And the winner of the 2013 European Astronomy Journalism Prize is...
Deterrent measures against Syria must not be excluded, say MEPs
Green light for single supervisor for banks
Parliament backs rules allowing suspension of visa-free travel only as a last resort
Disability sport given £8m boost on National Paralympic Day
Success for Community Development training graduates!
Environment: New EU Action to protect biodiversity against problematic invasive species
Free event for North East voluntary organisations
Green Open Homes Network launches
Older people’s £5m Lottery silver lining
LIBOR fines fund further 16 military good causes
Government leads global co-operation to grow market for social investment
Affordable housing - within whose means?
9 in 10 could complain about payday lenders accessing bank accounts
Cabinet Office supporting ITV's Take a Moment campaign
Global shipping sector looks to London – (Welsh Secretary: “Shipping is an engine for growth in Wales” ~ Future of low-sulphur shipping fuel under the spotlight ~ All aboard with the Award Winning Innovation Code)
Accounting red tape cut for smallest UK companies
Commoditised IT Hardware & Software (RM721): supplier update
Millions in government funding made available to target industrial strategy skills training
Industrial strategy: conference update 2013
High Speed Two (HS2) rail will deliver jobs and growth across the country
Green Open Homes Network launches
Public services providers must build trust through greater transparency
Fresh incentives for new commercial building construction – (Prisk offers £400m investment opportunity in private rental market)
CBI comments on Advanced Manufacturing funding
Welsh Secretary: Newport centre of excellence keep Wales on front line of UK defence & security needs
£69m more for Start-Up Loans and New Enterprise Allowance – (Business Finance Partnership creates nearly £1bn of new lending)
Follow the LEAD to local success in Lancashire – (Ma'KIN'g a real difference in Warwickshire)
Procurement Bill sent to Parliament
Payroll Giving overhaul announced
Road freight industry encouraged to get benefit of trailer trial
Government's ban on consultancy charges in automatic enrolment pensions takes effect
Revenue & Customs Brief 27/13
European Commission investigation into certain exemptions and reliefs contained within the aggregates levy
to equip defence sector for long-term success –
(PM backs the
joint Defence Growth Partnership)
Royal Navy missile contract sustains 500 UK jobs
Global Business Summit on Energy: £100m fund investment
PM welcomes 1,700 new jobs at Jaguar Land Rover
Ofgem grants record £459m transmission assets licence for world's largest offshore wind farm
Nowhere to hide - superheavy elements can now be fingerprinted as a new element is discovered
Next generation of offshore turbines tested at gunfleet sands
Telescope technology used for Durham University heart research project
Study to generate electricity from waste heat points to global energy solution
Ofcom to manage release of MOD radio spectrum
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