Socitm magazine now
freely available online

Socitm, the representative body for people in public sector IT, has announced that its In Our View magazine will now be freely available to members and non-members alike.

The tri-annual publication launched in 2014 as a members-only benefit and has proven to be an invaluable source of news and information for IT and digital professionals. The move to extend the reach of the magazine will allow the society to communicate key messages to a far greater audience. 

The winter edition of In Our View (published 30 January), explores how councils can run ‘smart’ projects to support citizens rather than suppliers. 

Click here to find out more and download your free copy of Our View.

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.

Recent arrivals to the SME Supplier Locator service include:

Bizneez Group Ltd

Click here to find out more. 

Less privacy & sunlight for some?

Families living in built up areas will be able to extend new homes in a government shake up of city living.  It will be easier to build upwards on existing blocks of flats & houses, plus shops & offices.

MHCLG:  Government ushers in a new generation of town houses
Timely warning

Banks are now required to warn people before they slip into overdraft as a result of new rules.  The rule change required CMA as part of its Retail Banking Investigation.

New overdraft alerts as CMA banking rules come into force
Costs have risen

Plans to double the immigration health surcharge may provide an extra £220m a year to the NHS.  The surcharge will rise from £200 to £400p.a. while the discounted rate will increase from £150 to £300.

DH&SC:  Health charge for temporary migrants will increase to £400 a year
Proactive action

The government has confirmed that it will introduce a nationwide HPV vaccination programme for men aged 45 or younger who have sex with other men from April 2018.  

DH&SC:  HPV vaccination programme for men who have sex with men
Remembered at the end

Old soldier and care home resident Charles Saunders was able to celebrate his 100th birthday in style thanks to the intervention of one of CQC’s Experts by Experience.

CQC:  Expert by Experience helps veteran celebrate centenary in style
Ensure her sacrifice will not be in vain

A service to remember Becky Dykes.  Statements from International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt and Becky's family.

DIFD:  A service to remember Becky Dykes
‘Red Alert’

Public Health England is advising parents to be aware of the signs & symptoms of scarlet fever following a substantial increase in reported cases across England in 2017 to 2018.

DH&SC:  Public Health England urges vigilance about spotting signs of scarlet fever

Scarlet fever - NHS.UK - NHS Choices

Well Done!

NHS70 Parliamentary Awards will see English MPs put forward individuals & teams serving their constituencies for recognition, with the winners being announced on the HoC Terrace the day before the NHS’s official anniversary.

NHS England:  Local ‘health & care heroes’ sought for awards marking 70 years of the NHS
Opportunity to learn/swap Best Practice

Registration for the first-ever Socitm President’s 2-day Conference has opened.   The event will shine a spotlight on innovation & automation across the public sector.

SOCITM:  Registration opens for first-ever Socitm President’s Conference

Spreading ‘good practice’ for FREE


 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 (Information about the Article 50 process and our negotiations for a new partnership with the EU)

Statement by Michel Barnier - Brexit

BEIS:  Science Minister promotes joint working in science, research & innovation with EU Ministers

ScotGov:  Call for more engagement on Brexit

ScotGov:  Brexit and rural Scotland

ScotGov:  A tailored migration system for Scotland

PC&PE:  Brexit and the Labour Market report debate

PC&PE:  Government should reinvigorate ties with Commonwealth network

PC&PE:  Government too slow to allocate skills & resources for Brexit

PC&PE:  Lords debates Brexit: judicial oversight of the European Arrest Warrant report

LGA response to report by the Commons Public Accounts Committee on Brexit preparations

ESRC:  International research call on the future of Canada-UK trade relations

PX:  Beyond Brexit - Essential reading on international affairs & security in a changing world

IEA:  The City must avoid complacency & embrace flexibility to prosper post-Brexit


 More contributions to the UK constitutional debate

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

Researched Links:

OSSS:  Powers over onshore oil & gas licensing regimes transfer to Scottish Parliament


Please note that previously published newsletters can be accessed from the

Newsletter Archive

Please choose from the links below to view individual sections of interest:
Innovate UK
Latest Documents
It’s a great time to be looking to fund your innovative business

It’s a great time to be looking to fund your innovative business
Innovation was one of the buzzwords of 2017 as it was used to try to make the ordinary seem appealing.

Smart battery business signs deal to supply in Japan

Smart battery business signs deal to supply in Japan
Business supported by Innovate UK enters strategic partnership with leading Japanese company and attracts £5 million investment to fund international growth

Director appointed for Faraday Battery Challenge

Director appointed for Faraday Battery Challenge
Automotive R&D expert Tony Harper will lead work under the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to develop batteries for the next generation of vehicles

Treating organic-rich water for home supply: apply for funding

Treating organic-rich water for home supply: apply for funding
Organisations can apply for a share of £450,000 to develop ways of treating high-organic surface water and delivering it to homes in Scotland

Improving health through digital innovations: apply for funding

Improving health through digital innovations: apply for funding
Businesses can apply for a share of up to £8 million to improve healthcare or reduce costs for health services, under the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund