General view; Lots of pomp, but little circumstance
Various press releases related to the 2016 Queen’s Speech.
Researched Links:

10DS:  Queen's Speech 2016

Cabinet Office:  Queen's Speech explainer

New Home Office legislation features in Queen’s Speech

MoJ:  Review puts education at heart of prison service

MoJ:  Biggest shake-up of prison system announced as part of Queen's Speech

BIS:  Higher Education & Research Bill to deliver choice & opportunity for students

ScotGov:  FM on Queen’s Speech

Scotland Office:  QS 2016 - What it means for Scotland

National Infrastructure Commission on the government's plans to place NIC on a statutory footing

LGA:  QS: Councils respond to National Citizen Service Bill

LGA - QS: Councils respond to Bus Services Bill

IPPR North comment - Bus Services Bill

LGA:  QS: Councils respond to Digital Economy Bill

LGA:  QS: Councils respond to Education For All Bill

QS: LGA responds to Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill

LGA:  QS: Councils respond to Local Growth & Jobs Bill

LGA:  QS - Councils respond to Policing & Crime Bill

LGA:  QS: Councils respond to Children & Social Work Bill

LGA:  QS: Councils respond to Soft Drinks Industry Levy

LGA:  QS - Councils respond to Counter-Extremism & Safeguarding Bill

techUK:  Prison Reform & Satellite-tags: QS 2016

techUK:  Delivering World-Class Digital Connectivity

techUK:  Digital Economy gets top billing in the QS

CIPD responds to the QS

CBI responds to the QS

IFG: QS risks adding more pressure onto Government, new report warns

JRF:  QS must support social justice for all after a third of UK population experience poverty

JRF:  QS - Life chances plans must go much further to address poverty

IEA:  QS lacked meaningful direction

IPPR:  British Bill of Rights faces several hurdles

IPPR:  Driverless cars - long way to go before anyone takes their hands off the wheel

IPPR:  Prison reforms will only work with investment to tackle reoffending

Demos Responds to the QS

Homeless Link:  The Queen's speech: implications for homelessness?

Spotlight 2016: Infrastructure Optimisation for the Next Generation
Newbury Racecourse Thursday 30th June 10am onwards

You are cordially invited to attend SPOTLIGHT 2016: Cristie Data’s inaugural technology focus event! 

Some of the IT industry's leading and most dynamic technology companies will be presenting and discussing their latest views on technology and IT services. Discussion topics include:

  • Data Storage, Management, Protection and DR
  • Cloud Services - Backup, DR, Storage and Compute
  • Infrastructure, Server and Desktop Virtualisation
  • Hyper-convergence in the modern data centre

The event will also feature special keynote sessions, an Expo running in our own private suite throughout and an evening of horse racing.

We are also delighted to welcome Colin Brown as a speaker at our event. Colin was a top jockey who rode over 400 winners and is best known for winning 17 races on the unforgettable Desert Orchid.

SPOTLIGHT 2016 is a FREE event not to be missed!

Click here to find out more!

Caring can be exhausting

NHS England has published the Integrated approach to identifying & assessing Carer health & wellbeing.  Developed in collaboration with a wide range of partners and which forms part of NHS England’s ongoing Commitment to Carers.

The ‘integrated approach’ provides a toolkit that clarifies the new duties on NHS organisations under the Care Act 2014 and the Children and Families Act 2014, provides a template Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support joined up working locally, and includes numerous examples of positive practice of work that have proven successful in supporting carers and their families.

Carers are twice as likely to suffer from ill health as non-carers.  More than half of those who provide more substantial care have suffered physical ill health as a result of caring, and 70%+ of those caring round the clock have suffered mental ill health at some time.

Taking an integrated approach to delivering support for carers allows the NHS to develop new models of delivering care and allows different services to work together & respond more flexibly to the needs of individual carers and their families.

Researched Links:

NHS England:  Commitment to Carers – improving carer health & wellbeing

NHS England:  Care is where the home is

‘Care on the cheap’ risks failing both carers & clients

Thank God they care and we must care for them

Without them Social Care and the NHS would collapse

CQC publishes report into people’s involvement in their care

Many are also still trying to raise a family and pay off a mortgage as well 

With people living longer and fewer young people entering the labour market, Britain’s employers are increasingly reliant on the skills & talents of older workers to boost productivity.  However, the ageing population also means that there will be an estimated 9m carers in the UK by 2037, many of whom will be trying to juggle both care & employment.

With around 30% of the UK workforce currently over 50, compared to 20% in the 1990s, the CIPD is urging employers to put the tools & culture in place now, to support older workers as they represent an increasingly significant proportion of the labour market.

Researched Links:

CIPD:  Crunch time for Britain’s workforce - Employers need to step up support to retain valuable older workers & working carers

Flexibility is the key to a happier (& often a more productive) workforce

Kicking age discrimination into touch

Europe-wide campaign launched to promote sustainable work & healthy ageing for all

Older women see a dramatic rise in employment rate over past 30 years

New report calls for measures to enable people to work until they reach the pension age

Health & wellbeing of older employees should be protected, say NICE in updated draft guidance

50-plus employment rate at record high

CIPD:  New report reveals valuing older workers is more important than ever for business operations

New report from Dr Ros Altmann calls for greater support for over 50s in employment

Supporting carers to stay in paid employment

Webb: New figures show retirement is changing

Is your town leading the way on older workers?

CIPD:  SMEs need to do more to adapt to a changing, age diverse workforce

A powerful new voice for older workers

Older parents have childcare commitments too, says TUC

Consideration for what’s going on in their minds is a key to success
With the focus on relationships in Mental Health Week, NHS England has put the spotlight on Sheffield where they are helping nurture relationships between adopters, foster carers and children to improve their adoption outcomes & mental health.  Almost 50 adopted children have had a smoother transition to their new homes thanks to a fresh £85,000 scheme in Sheffield helping assess and support their mental health needs.
Researched Links:

NHS England:  Dozens of children have smoother adoption thanks to unique Sheffield scheme

Parental conflict damages children's mental health & life chances

£19m of support available for adoptive families

Extra £2 of support available for adoptive families

Mental health needs of adopted children - Dr Margaret DeJong

Mental Health in the Teenage Years - Agenda | Adoption UK

Mental Health | After Adoption

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. 

Hospitals are not ‘doing their bit’ to reduce need to use antibiotics

The Patients Association has called for all Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG s) to implement NICE's 2015 Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) guidelines aimed at minimising the risk of antibiotic resistance (AMR) – a huge global health threat and one of the most significant threats to patients' safety in the UK.

This comes after the results of a Freedom of Information (FOI) request from 144 CCGs in England by The Patients Association, reveal that:

  • 88% haven’t fully implemented NICE’s AMS guidelines as standard
  • 31% don’t have a ‘named’ individual responsible for the implementation of AMS programme
  • 10% don’t have a local AMS programme in place at all
Researched Links:

Patients Association:  Patient safety compromised as 88% of CCGs not fully implementing antimicrobial guidelines

Helping guard against a return to pre-antibiotic medical care

Anyone remember those original HIV/Aids Advertisements?

Does Regulation work sometimes?

The CMA has published an evaluation of the decision to break up BAA.  Following an investigation completed in 2009, the Competition Commission (CC), one of the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) predecessor bodies, ruled that BAA should be required to sell 3 of its airports to increase competition for the benefit of airlines & passengers.


Subsequently BAA sold Gatwick in 2009, followed by Edinburgh in 2012 and then Stansted in 2013.  The CC also made a range of other recommendations including ones on reforming the regulatory regime for airports.  The CMA’s detailed analysis, underpinned by an assessment by independent consultants, shows how the airports have responded to being under new & separate management.

Researched Links:

CMA report shows benefits of BAA break-up

CC consults on airport licence condition appeal rules

Stansted deal completes BAA sell off

CC approves Edinburgh Airport sale

Market investigation into the supply of airport services by BAA

The Supply of Airport Services by BAA

Your life is even ‘cheaper’ if you use illegal tobacco!

Efforts to reduce smoking are being undermined by millions of cheap, illegal cigarettes containing up to 500% higher levels of cancer-causing chemicals flooding the black market, warn councils.  The Local Government Association (LGA) said recent council hauls have seen sniffer dogs used to trace bootlegged and counterfeit tobacco.

Alongside the health risks, fake cigarettes also pose a greater fire risk as they do not include designs that ensure that a lit cigarette will self-extinguish if not actively smoked.  This reduces the chances of them starting a fire if they are left burning in an ashtray, are dropped, or if the smoker falls asleep.  They also cost the UK economy more than £2bn a year in unpaid duty.

HMRC estimates that in 2013/14 10% of cigarettes consumed in the UK were illegal, & 39% of hand rolled tobacco was illicit.  Anyone found selling counterfeit tobacco can face an unlimited fine or up to 10 years in prison.

Researched Links:

LGA:  Illegal tobacco trade harming efforts to cut smoking, councils warn

Operation Fetch’ sniffs out illegal tobacco

Illegal tobacco detection dogs given more time to sniff thanks to Welsh Government funding boost

LGA:  Toxic fake cigarettes filled with asbestos and excrement seized by councils

Sniffer dog Phoebe helps sniff out the illegal sale of tobacco in Newport

Fake tobacco factory gang jailed

Stop Illegal Tobacco

Illegal tobacco | Crimestoppers

Tackling illicit tobacco: From leaf to light - Gov.uk

True democracy starts with voter registration
With the EU referendum fast approaching, the Electoral Commission has sent an impartial booklet to 28m households across the UK recently.  This comes as a recent Commission survey found that around 12% said they think they are able to register to vote right up to the day of the referendum on Thursday 23 June.  Only 3% of people are spontaneously aware of the correct deadline and 74% either don’t know the date or believe it is later than 7 June.  The booklet reminds voters that if they are not already registered to vote then they must do this by the deadline of Tuesday 7 June 2016.

Electoral Commission:  Don’t miss out! Voters warned not to miss registration deadline for EU referendum

The ultimate in visual presentation!
OS Model Builder is a new visualisation tool that can support projects, including Level 2 BIM activities, and will save the construction industry and its clients’ time and money when planning future projects.  It is the result of an exciting new collaboration between Cadline and Ordnance Survey (OS) to provide Autodesk Infraworks 360 customers with a single source of Great Britain’s most accurate and up-to-date collection of geographic data, all presented in a pre-configured CAD-ready file that can be used to create 2 & 3D building or infrastructure models in minutes rather than days or weeks.  The application is available over the web, runs on any device and can be trialled for FREE.

Ordnance Survey:  New 3D Modelling application to save money & time

Are you ready for the upgrade to Bacs security?
From 13 June 2016, changes being made to internet security will affect access to Bacs via the Bactel-IP, and also the Payment Services Website.  Organisations that use Bacs to pay salaries or to settle supplier invoices, must make sure their Bacs software solution and IT can support the new security measures – if they do not, they will not be able to log on to the system to make critical payments, including payroll.

techUK:  Imminent internet security changes could lock you out of Bacs – don’t get caught out


 More contributions to the EU Referendum

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

Researched Links:

Vote Leave - the campaign for a Leave vote in the EU referendum

Britain Stronger In Europe

Open Europe

Migration Watch UK: Impact of immigration on the public finances

Editor’s Note:  We suggest readers monitor the ‘News’ sections of the 2 campaign sites for the 2 differing views.  The WGPlus newsletter will mainly limit itself to highlighting ‘normal’ EU-related news, plus Think Tank items, PC&PE reports, etc.


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