Too often it’s just the Boardroom that gets to eat ‘cake’

Business Secretary Greg Clark has set out the government's corporate governance reforms to enhance the public's trust in business.  For the first time listed companies will have to publish pay ratios between chief executives & their average UK worker under government reforms to boardroom accountability.

The government’s package of corporate governance reforms will enhance the transparency of big business to shareholders, employees and the public.  These will include the world’s first public register of listed companies where a fifth of investors have objected to executive annual pay packages.

In the coming months the government will also introduce new laws to require:

  • all companies of a significant size to publicly explain how their directors take employees’ & shareholders’ interests into account
  • all large companies to make their responsible business arrangements public
Researched Links:

BEIS:  World-leading package of corporate governance reforms announced to increase boardroom accountability and enhance trust in business

CBI comments on the Government's corporate governance proposals

TUC: Feeble government corporate governance package is far cry from promised crackdown

Adam Smith Inst:  Attacking CEO pay is pointless and will hurt British firms

New Economics Foundation welcomes new executive pay plans as "vital first step"

British business must act on corporate governance

TUC: MPs' proposals for a fairer corporate Britain would benefit working people and the economy

CBI: Good corporate governance is an essential ingredient for trust between business and society

FRC updates new website and Mission Statement

FRC: Corporate Governance will evolve to meet the changing needs of the UK

FRC consults on non-financial reporting guidance

CIPD:  Reality bites - Average FTSE 100 CEO pay packet drops by 17% in the past year

TUC: Workforce engagement must be at heart of industrial strategy

FRC comments on Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee report on Corporate Governance

FRC to review the UK Corporate Governance Code

New diet needed for corporate ‘Fat Cats’ – CIPD & High Pay Centre

IEA:  ‘Fat Cat Wednesday’ distracts focus from crucial issues of low pay & cost of living crisis

Boardroom shake-up needed to rein in fat cat greed, says TUC

HPC: 10% pay rise? That’ll do nicely

TUC: Fat cat pay shows the government is making wrong choices for a fair economy

CIPD - Fundamental rethink needed on chief exec pay as growing gap between boardroom & workforce demotivates staff


The Socitm Annual Conference 2017
9 - 10 October 2017 - King Power Stadium, Leicester

With a month to go, sign up now to join 350+ public sector ICT colleagues and peers at The Annual Socitm Conference 2017.

Tackling key policy issues at the heart of ICT, join your colleagues and peers to discover technologies available to drive your IT strategies forward.

Key topics for 2017:

  • GDPR & the future of local government data
  • Cyber security in local public services
  • Boosting collaborative leadership​
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‘Cinderella Service’ is given some cost saving advice

Public Health England has launched a new tool for local public health teams identifying the most cost effective mental health programmes.  One of these 8 initiatives is an innovative resilience programme in schools that results in an estimated saving of £5.08 for every £1 invested (over 3 years).

The tool was developed in partnership with leading economists at the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE). The programmes it identifies are proven to reduce the incidence and/or risk of mental health problems at all stages of life: children and young people, the working age population and older people. Mental health problems represent the largest.

Alongside the tool, PHE has published several other evidence-based resources that will help local areas create effective public health systems that can prevent as well as treat mental ill health.
Researched Links:

DH:  PHE highlights 8 ways for local areas to prevent mental ill health

DH:  Mental health services: cost-effective commissioning

PM: mental health training for teachers will "make a real difference to children's lives"

Anne Longfield responds to Government announcement of 2,000 extra nurses, therapists & consultants for children’s mental health services

NHS England announces new sites to redesign mental health services and cut out of area placements

LGA responds to Localis report on children’s mental health

ScotGov:  Improving child mental health

Mental Health Awareness Week: Are your pupils surviving or thriving?

Pupils should have more time for well-being, say MPs

Next steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View: NHS acts to cut inappropriate out of area placements for children & young people in mental health crisis

NHS Confederation:  EPI report shows the urgent need to help children's mental health services

Revolutionising children’s mental health care – Emma Selby

IPPR:  Colleges are struggling to find ways to cope with increased demand for mental health support

NHS Confederation:  Mental health service plan 'step in right direction'

Thousands of new roles to be created in mental health workforce plan

Kings Fund:  Mental health providers should adopt ‘quality improvement’

CQC reports on the quality of specialist mental health care in England

Ombudsman responds to CQC's Mental Health Services report

NHS Confederation:  Mental Health Network response to NHS Providers' report

The King's Fund responds to the latest NHS Providers report

Mental health in prisons

NHS England kicks off international search for ground-breaking patient-care innovations

Pitfalls & phone calls: understanding access to mental health services

Mental health patients set to benefit from pioneering new digital services

LGA responds to Health Committee report on suicide prevention

Finding a hidden gem for mental health – Frank McGhee

NHS Confederation:  West Midlands mental health action plan is 'unprecedented'

Preventing patients falling through the gaps – Professor Tim Kendall

Mental health for new mums

Redesigning a Memory Service the Devon way – Professor Alistair Burns and Colm Owens

Mental health and NHS performance

GDPR will soon become a reality

The ICO’s new series of blogs aiming to bust some of the myths that have developed around the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are proving incredibly popular and they are pleased that so many of you are finding them useful.

Here at the ICO, we took the view that it was time to sort the fact from the fiction before the new law comes into effect on 25 May 2018, given some of the misinformation and outright scaremongering out there – some of which, it must be said, seems commercially driven.

Our first two blogs covered the myths surrounding new fining powers and the issue of consent, and this week we want to talk about another widely held misconception – that the new regime is an onerous imposition of unnecessary and costly red tape.

Researched Links:

ICO:  GDPR is an evolution in data protection, not a burdensome revolution

GDPR – sorting the fact from the fiction

Consent is not the ‘silver bullet’ for GDPR compliance

GDPR to be Implemented Through the Data Protection Bill

Rob Luke's Keynote Speech for techUK's 'Will GDPR Change the World?' Event

Businesses warned to prepare with one year until data protection law change

The Brave New World of GDPR

ICO survey shows many councils have work to do to prepare for new data protection law

Statement on extra resources needed by the ICO under GDPR

ICO guidance for consent in the GDPR

GDPR guidance in 2017

Providing a helping hand for ‘returners’

New initiatives to help people return to work after career breaks have been launched by the Minister of State for Apprenticeships, Skills and Women Anne Milton.  The Returner Programmes – part of the £5m fund announced in this year’s Budget – are formal schemes offered by employers to provide training & support to people who have taken time out of the workplace.

The Government Equalities Office will be establishing 4 new returner schemes across the public sector.  They will be open to women & men, with the aim of giving people who have taken career breaks the opportunity to refresh their skills and build professional networks.

According to research by PwC, addressing the career break penalty could provide a £1.7bn boost to our annual economic output.  For female professionals, that could increase the annual earnings of that group by an average of £4,000 per woman.
Researched Links:

Government Equalities Office:  Career break returner programmes launched to help people back to work

LGA responds to Government's Career Break Returner Programme

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. 

Government funds to ensure ‘flying start’ to research projects
As part of plans to promote clean alternative fuels, the government is offering funding for projects in the UK to develop low carbon waste-based fuels for planes & lorries, with matching funding from industry.  Trials of sustainable jet fuel, made from waste materials, have taken place in Europe and North America

DfT:  Planes fuelled by waste could take off from British airports

Pounding the message home

Britons can have an even greater say on how UK aid is spent helping the world’s poorest, International Development Secretary Priti Patel has announced, as she launched the largest ever round of UK aid-supported charity appeals to back the causes which matter to the British public.

With old £1 coins going out of circulation in mid-October, the UK public are invited to get rid of their old change by donating to a variety of charity appeals, which will be match-funded by UK aid, doubling the amount their favourite causes receive.

UK Aid Match brings charities, the British public and the UK government together to collectively change the lives of some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.
Researched Links:

DIFD:  British public to have their say on how UK aid is spent as government supports largest ever round of charity appeals

New support to boost grassroots British charities

Justine Greening visits Mary’s Meals to announce UK aid match funding

Are you one of them?

Up to 2m CeX customers may have had their personal information compromised after the electronics retailer suffered a cyber attack.  Data compromised by the hackers includes first names, surnames, addresses, email addresses & phone numbers of registered CeX customers.

As a precautionary measure CeX are emailing up to 2m of their registered website customers who could potentially be affected. Customers, who do not receive an email, are not affected

CeX, which also runs the webuy.com website, is asking customers to change their passwords immediately.  A good way to create a strong password is to use 3 random words & numbers, which are memorable to you, but not for other people to guess.
Researched Links:

Action Fraud:  CeX – 2m customer details compromised

Identity fraud figures soar

Misleading missed delivery cards posted through letterboxes

Sharp rise in reports of council tax rebate fraudsters at work

The latest fraud & cyber alerts to watch out for

Why these fake WhatsApp emails and texts will catch people out

City of London Police collaborate with Microsoft to tackle computer software service fraud

NAO:  Online Fraud

A very nasty way of hurting someone
The NHS and leading burns surgeons have issued new first aid guidance to help ensure victims of acid attacks get the right help fast.

NHS England:  New help for ‘acid attack’ victims following recent rise in demand for NHS help

Improving our online services
The Disclosure & Barring Service will be introducing several new digital services for you to use In the coming months.  They will improve our processing times and help you manage your information quickly & easily.

Disclosure and Barring Service is introducing new online services

Ensuring they are run properly
All charities have a legal responsibility to prepare & send an annual return to the Charity Commission. Failing to do so risks the public’s trust in your charity and its reputation.  The annual return service for 2017 is now available.

Charity Commission:  Charity annual return service 2017

Keeping health costs down
UK businesses & research organisations can apply for a share of £15m for innovative medicines manufacturing solutions.  These should speed up access to new medicines & treatments, improve public health and build on the strengths of the UK’s biopharmaceutical sector.

Innovate UK:  Manufacturing new medicines - apply for Industrial Strategy funds

Will you be able to ‘rest easy’?
The FSCS does not provide protection for individuals who have a funeral plan with a provider that fails.  This applies whether the plan was purchased by paying a lump sum or by paying a monthly amount to the (funeral plan) provider.

Funeral plans and FSCS protection: individuals could lose out if their provider fails

Don’t be ‘chicken’ at the thought of taking action

All poultry keepers across the UK are being urged to remain vigilant to the threat of bird flu and take action now to reduce the risk to their flocks and the wider poultry industry this winter in a joint call from the Chief Vets of Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the UK.
WAG:  Poultry keepers urged to take action now to prepare for winter avian flu threat

Notting Hill carnival has to take ‘second place’

In 1967 the first Caribbean style carnival in the UK took place in Leeds, incorporating all three essential elements of authentic West Indian carnival - costumes, music and a masquerade procession.  

The Leeds West Indian Carnival is now Europe’s longest running Caribbean carnival parade, the largest carnival in the North of England and is playing a key role in Leeds City Council’s campaign to be awarded European Capital of Culture 2023.
Researched Links:

ACE:  Leeds West Indian Carnival celebrates 50 years

Leeds West Indian Carnival

Is this just an issue for Ireland?

Delegates are invited to register for the All-island Food Poverty Network event ‘Hungry for Change’ which will look at new approaches to addressing food poverty, organised by the Food Standards Agency and safefood.

The event will be of interest to those working in government departments and government agencies, academia and those in strategic positions in the voluntary community sector, that have a common interest in reducing food poverty on the island of Ireland.
Researched Links:
Food Standards Agency:  Register for the All-island Food Poverty Network event: Hungry for Change

 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:

Brexit microsite

DExEU:  Programme for third round of negotiations with EC

DExEU:  David Davis' opening remarks at the start of the third round of EU exit negotiations

DExEU:  David Davis' closing remarks at the end of the third round of EU exit negotiations in Brussels

10DS:  PM heads to Japan to build strong post-Brexit relationship with Tokyo

PC&PS:  Lords debate impact of Brexit on UK-Irish relations

Policy Exchange:  One year after the referendum – the economy has not done so badly

ScotGov:  No EU deal is ‘unthinkable’

EU News:  Third round of Article 50 negotiations with the UK


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