The reality is that only one of the many ‘attacks’ needs to succeed

A week after the atrocity in Manchester, RUSI draw some preliminary conclusions: there clearly was a breakdown in the intelligence flow that led to suicide bomber Salman Abedi slipping through the net; there are enduring questions about the UK’s Prevent anti-terrorism strategy; and, finally, there are the weaknesses of ‘soft targets’ that such an attack invariably expose.

….. However, the principle of proportionality also has to be borne in mind: having lots of security forces chasing those individuals not only requires more resources than are currently available, but may also end up exacerbating the very problem that they are trying to manage.

…… The work of managing dangerous offenders or suspects clearly needs to stay attached to the security realm, possibly through the creation of a new specifically developed & tailored service, modelled on the probation service.

Editorial Comment:  The latest event in London is notable because, although it was the type of attack most difficult to prevent (no technical bomb-building skills required, etc.), and not in a ‘24/7 protected area’ (Houses of Parliament, etc.), the emergency forces responded & ‘nullified’ the 3 attackers within 8 minutes!

It is difficult to see how even having ‘a policeman on every corner’ could have either prevented such an attack, or provided an ‘armed & trained’ response much quicker.  Perhaps one future partial ‘solution’ would be to only allow 20mph speed restricted electric vehicles in city centres (apart from Blue-light ones), thus restricting the potential impact of ‘pedestrian-ramming’?

Additional ‘targeted’ resources might be required as additional measures are identified & introduced, but we should also bear in mind the sad reality that (in 2015) over 5 people a day were either killed or seriously injured on London’s roads every day

Researched Links:

RUSI:  What Policy Changes Are Needed after the Manchester Attack?

NHS publishes information to support people affected by the terror attack in Manchester

Security services 'prevented 13 UK terror attacks since 2013' - BBC ...

National Counter Terrorism Security Office - Public ACT following call from Counter Terror police

Social media companies "shamefully far" from tackling illegal and dangerous content

Baroness Shields' speech at the National Security Agency

Countering online radicalisation & extremism: Baroness Shields' speech

Inspirational Muslims and the fight against terrorism

National Memorial for the British victims of overseas terrorism to be unveiled by Summer 2017

Fight against terror: Planning terrorist acts must be criminalised, LIBE MEPs say

"The UK supports an ambitious review of the UN global counter terrorism strategy."

NATO - Topic: Countering terrorism - NATO - Homepage

Countering terrorism - City of London Police

Counter-terrorism - GOV.UK

How to hunt a lone wolf: Countering terrorists who act on their own ...

Human Rights, Terrorism & Counter-terrorism - OHCHR

Countering terrorism: an international blueprint | MI5

Road casualties in London continue to fall, but concerns remain


The Journey to Government's Digital Transformation:

Wednesday, June 14th, 12pm-4pm. Bounce, Farringdon, London

Join your public sector peers from Central and Local Government, the NHS, Higher Education and industry experts to learn how you can drive the digital agenda forward.

Public Sector organisations confirmed to speak include the Ministry of Justice, NHS Education Scotland, University of Southampton and more!

There will also be a Public Sector customer panel to share user experiences of how ServiceNow is rapidly transforming many of the UK’s government organisations.

Spaces are limited for this event, Click here to register or discover more.

The Charity Commission has launched its annual safer giving campaign

The Charity Commission has launched its annual safer giving campaign to help British Muslims in the UK as Ramadan starts.  The Commission said there are simple steps people can take to check before they give, to ensure their zakat goes where it is intended this Ramadan.

The Muslim Charities Forum has estimated that Muslims across Britain donate around £100m during Ramadan and research suggests that disaster relief, children and education are the top 3 causes to benefit from the practice of zakat (charitable giving).

Researched Links:

Charity Commission:  Check before you give to genuine registered charities this Ramadan

The greed of ‘fake’ sites makes them even ‘sicker’ than the bomber!

Good care helps prevent them from being ‘lost’ in the system

The full independent care review group has now been established, FM Nicola Sturgeon confirmed to a reception of ‘care experienced young people’ from across Scotland.  The group will look at legislation, practices, culture and ethos of the care system across Scotland.

They will listen to young people with experience of care and their families & providers of care and particularly, children & young people in care now, to inform its recommendations to improve both the quality of life & outcomes of young people in care.

Researched Links:


ScotGov:  Launch of independent Care Review

Civil action in child abuse cases

Removing time-bar from civil actions against child abuse

Support for child abuse survivors

Improving the lives of looked after children

1,000 Voices

Getting it right for children in care

Mentors for children in care

Taking care of young people

Supporting children in care

Scotland’s Adoption Register nears ‘100’ landmark

Good foster care is critical for the emotional development & well-being of a child

Highlighting one particular related issue

Children should not be ‘sent into the wilderness’

What ‘training’ have they had in coping with running a home (that’s if they even get given accommodation)

Conservatives already have, but Labour refuse to admit, that there is no such thing as a free lunch

The Institute for Fiscal Studies says that the Conservatives have very few tax or spending commitments in their manifesto. Additional funding pledges for the NHS and schools are just confirming that spending would rise in a way broadly consistent with the March Budget.

These plans imply at least another 5 years of austerity, with the continuation of planned welfare cuts and serious pressures on the public services including on the NHS. They could allow the deficit to shrink over time with no additional tax rises over the coming parliament. But getting to budget balance by the mid-2020s, their stated aim, would likely require more spending cuts or tax rises even beyond the end of the next parliament.

Labour by contrast is proposing very big increases in tax, a bigger increase in spending and, as a result, borrowing continuing around its current share of national income. However, their proposed plan for paying for this expansion in state activity would not work. They would not raise as much money as they claim even in the short run, let alone the long run. And there isno way that tens of billions of pounds of tax rises would affect only a small group at the very top as their rhetoric suggests. If they want the advantages of a bigger state they should be willing to candidly set out the consequences – higher taxation affecting broad segments of the population.

Researched Links:
IFS:  Neither Conservatives nor Labour are properly spelling out consequences of their policy proposals
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. 

Two bits of Legal news from ScotGov

First; A Civil Litigation Bill has been introduced, intended to make civil justice more affordable & accessible for all, in the Scottish Parliament.

The Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Bill, if passed by Parliament, will:

  • make the cost of court action more predictable at the outset
  • allow solicitors, as well as claims management companies, to offer damages based agreements which are a form of ‘no win, no fee’ agreement where the fee is calculated as a percentage of the damages recovered
  • introduce a sliding cap mechanism to make the legal fees in such cases more predictable
  • protect people from facing a large expenses bill if they do not win personal injury claims
  • enable groups of people to sue in the civil courts where they have the same or a similar claim against the same defender or defenders.  Under current Scots law, such cases have to be pursued separately

Secondly; A Bill to tackle child poverty has been unanimously approved at its first stage by the Scottish Parliament.  The parliament has agreed to the general principles of the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill which will see Scotland become the only part of the UK with statutory targets toreduce the number of children experiencing the damaging effects of poverty by 2030.

It also provides a framework by which progress can be monitored at a national & local level and the government will publish a 3-year child poverty delivery plan by April 2018, which will be updated every five years and annual reports to measure progress.  The Bill is part of theFairer Scotland Action Plan which sets out the government’s overall strategy for tackling poverty & inequality in Scotland

Researched Links:

ScotGov:  Widening access to justice

Better Access to Justice

Private prosecution funding determination

ScotGov:  Child poverty

Poverty in Scotland 2015/16

Call to encourage uptake of benefits

£1m for families & communities

Action on child poverty

Fifty actions to achieve a fairer Scotland

Funding to tackle food poverty

Eradicating child poverty

Tackling food poverty

Poverty advisor report published

One year of free school meals

Not all current news is based on Opinion Polls
Basildon Borough Council has been fined £150,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for publishing sensitive personal information about a family.  The council breached the Data Protection Act when it published the information in planning application documents which it made publicly available online.
Researched Links:

ICO:  Essex local authority fined for publishing sensitive personal data in online planning documents

Still much more to be done by LAs to comply with Best Practice / Legal Requirements

Avoid becoming a headline as a future ICO ‘Fine’!

Would ‘fining’ the Chief Executive help ensure ‘due care & attention’ was paid to this responsibility

Some EU & CJEU News ‘titbits’
Like the Titanic, the EU & CJEU continue to ‘plough on through the icebergs of Brexit reality’, with judgements that justify the UK’s desire to control our own borders and spending plans that ignore the future diminution in the EU’s budget and the recurring problems of the Eurogroup.
Researched Links:

EU News:  CJEU: Non-EU national may benefit from a right of residence

2018 EU budget

EU News:  European Solidarity Corps - EC proposes more than €340m to enable 100,000 placements by 2020

EU News:  EC sets out possible ways forward for the deepening of Europe's Economic and Monetary Union


 More contributions to the Brexit process

Still a ‘hot topic’, with widely spread views, for those who put fingers to keyboard in order to ‘share their views’:

Researched Links:

EU News:  Regulatory guidance for industry to prepare for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU

EU News:  EC sets out possible ways forward for the deepening of Europe's Economic and Monetary Union

IPPR:  Net migration figures suggest impending labour market crunch

CRUK:  Report reveals benefits of EU-UK medical research partnerships

BHF:  Report reveals benefits of EU-UK medical research partnerships


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A few weeks ago we published a piece by a Home Office asylum caseworker; I worry asylum caseworkers are failing people in their darkest hour. The author explained that staff are moulded to be sceptical and work to unrealistic targets and that doing the right thing can mean taking a performance hit.
Although he is sat at the opposite side of the table, a legal aid lawyer was seized with a powerful sense of solidarity with the author and wrote this heartfelt response.
He said: "legal aid caseworkers like me feel and hear your anxiety, and though we may often be on “the other side”, we fundamentally have the same remit, to ensure that those in need are given a chance to rebuild their lives with dignity. This is being made increasingly difficult, however, due to severe cuts to public services."
The Letter to the Public series they wrote for is a rare space designed to give a voice to the staff behind the public services that are hit by mounting cuts and rising demand, and so often denigrated by the press, politicians and public. If you work in public service and would like to write an article for the series, please do get in touch: kirstie.brewer@theguardian.com

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News in brief
• Wanted: London detectives – no policing experience necessary
• Government IT leaders least likely to get salary boost
• Highest paying Whitehall departments revealed
• Amber Rudd denies cuts to police were factor in Manchester atrocity
• Glasgow CC faces accusations of discrimination in equal pay case