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Cadcorp GIS for Government Conference 2018

GIS for Government "Working together": A free-to-attend conference for UK Government

For government departments and local authorities, improving public services against a backdrop of constrained resources is a challenge. It calls for innovation, streamlining of processes and collaborative working.

This conference will look at Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as more than a location intelligence tool but as a means to promote better collaboration. This includes:

  • Mapping integration with existing systems
  • Web Service connectivity
  • Interoperability with existing back office systems
  • Collaboration with partner technology

Click here to view the full conference agenda.

    
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. 

 
‘Five Alive’

The Cabinet Office has announced that G-Cloud 10 will be delivered in June 2018.  It will enable new suppliers to be added to the framework, allow existing suppliers to add new services & for prices to be changed.

techUK:  Plans for G-Cloud 10 Framework Announced
 
Emergency funding

Following recent heavy snowfalls, Ministers will consider financial assistance for local councils under the Bellwin Scheme.  It is now open for applications from all councils severely impacted by recent weather events.

ScotGov:  Bellwin Scheme triggered
   
First ‘bite’

National Product Safety Office carries out first enforcement action.  Hardwood Dimensions (Holdings) Ltd fined £4,000 for failure to ensure product was made from legally-harvested timber.

BEIS:  National product safety office carries out first enforcement action
 
Statistics should be regarded with ‘care’

A Mail On Sunday article (published Sunday March 4) wrongly suggested that NHS Digital is falsely inflating the number of British FGM victims by including newborn babies in its data.

NHS Digital:  A statement on the Mail On Sunday's FGM article

NHS Digital:  Latest experimental statistics about female genital mutilation published

How can people do this to their own children?

  
Cannot charge for their own ineptitude

Ofgem is banning suppliers from issuing customers with backbills for energy used more than 12 months ago.  The existing voluntary agreement does not protect all consumers from receiving these bills.

Ofgem bans suppliers from backbilling customers beyond 12 months

Ofgem backbilling decision ensures “better protections” for energy customers, says Citizens Advice

 
Usually an expensive break!

Working parents can save £000s on regulated holiday clubs & other childcare as part of the government's Childcare Choices offer.

HMRC:  Pay for Easter childcare with Tax-Free Childcare
 
Could you be a Board Member?

The SQA is currently seeking 3 new members.  An exciting opportunity for talented individuals from a variety of backgrounds to make a valuable contribution to Scotland’s education & training system.

Scottish Qualifications Authority seeks new board members
 
One call to get help

The DHSC has established a central booking service that will be run by the BPAS.  Women from Northern Ireland can call a single telephone number to make an appointment with the most appropriate provider.

DHSC:  Central booking system for NI women seeking an abortion in England
 

 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)

DExEU:  Minister gives Brexit update to the Channel Islands & Isle of Man

DExEU:  Gibraltar & UK Government agree measures to ensure strong relationship continues

10DS:  PM speech on our future economic partnership with the EU

techUK Responds to PM’s Speech on Brexit

10DS:  PM call with the FM of Wales: 2 March 2018

10DS:  PM call with the FM of Scotland: 2 March 2018

Open Europe responds to the PM’s Road to Brexit speech

OE:  European reactions to Theresa May’s vision for post-Brexit trade

CO:  UK Government to table devolution amendments to EU Withdrawal Bill

CO:  UK government publishes analysis on returning EU powers

PC&PE:  Government has much work to do to avoid cliff edge for non-EU trade

EU’s future relationship with UK

WAG:  Finance Secretary discusses EU withdrawal with UK & Scottish Brexit Ministers at latest meeting of European Joint Ministerial Committee

STFC:  Government position on UK Participation in Horizon 2020

Treasury economic modelling is flawed say economists from the CBR

Open Europe:  How the Italian elections main losers could decide the future of the country (and of Europe)

OE:  Henry Newman - The EU cherry-picks whenever it is politically convenient. Brexit should be such a time

CBI: Response to the Chancellor's Brexit speech and Donald Tusk comments

President Donald Tusk meets with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

 

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