With the increasing pressure on local authority budgets and resources, the local government landscape looks set for a year in which digital transformation will, and should, play an important part. Anthony Singleton, Managing Director of Capita One argues that there five key areas where technology will lead to a seismic shift in how local authorities operate, namely:

♦  Robotics will be accepted as the way forward
♦  A single view of each citizen will be essential to informed decision-making 
♦  Analytics will be key to preventing ‘the inevitable’
♦  Citizen preferences will drive how authorities provide services
♦  The Internet of Things will come into its own

Click here to read on and find out why, whilst some of these technologies have already been introduced, it’s predicted that they’ll move from being the preserve of early adopters to becoming the accepted norm across much of local government.

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:

CCT Venues

Click here to find out more. 

A touch of sympathy

The PM has intervened to establish a Funeral Fund for grieving parents who have lost their child.  Parents will no longer have to meet the costs of burials or cremations.  LA Fees will be met by government funding.

10DS:  Children’s Funeral Fund for England

Time to cry

Bin it!

Councils now have the power to almost double on-the-spot fines for litter louts, with the maximum on-the-spot fine for littering & graffiti rising from £80 to £150. LAs can also use these littering penalties against vehicle owners.

Defra:  Government crackdown on litter louts

Take it home!

If you litter, you could be ‘throwing’ your money away

Rusting away

English Heritage has launched an appeal to save some of the nation's historic cannons, which are at risk of damage from sea spray & air at coastal locations around the country.

English Heritage:  Help Save England's Historic Cannons
The only way to ultimately protect them

The Government is publishing the response to its consultation on a UK ivory sales ban, and confirming robust measures that will be brought into force through primary legislation.

Defra:  Government confirms UK ban on ivory sales

Remember the cruelty involved in creating these objects

Defra:  Forensics network develops better detection methods

The ultimate ‘Selfie’ camera!

A new, UK-built camera which can take over 1,000 images per second and will revolutionise our understanding of stars & black holes has now been fitted to the world’s largest optical telescope.

STFC:  Revolutionary camera captures images of space in unprecedented detail
Are you better off?

Changes in the tax system in April will boost the finances of millions of people in the UK. Here’s a summary of how you might benefit.

HMT:  April tax changes 2018: what do they mean for you?

HMT:  Cash boost for families as tax cuts come into effect

Now here is a brilliant example of Foreign Aid!

Major Chris Carter not only teaches the next generation of critical care nurses for the British Armed Forces, but also leads a medical programme in Zambia.

MoD:  Army officer helps Zambia set up health care education programme
A slight consolation

On 6 April the maximum amount the Redundancy Payments Service (RPS) can pay individuals per week increased from £489 to £508.

Insolvency Service:  Statutory redundancy payments increase

HMRC:  New rules for taxation of termination payments


 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)

DIT:  Trade rises on one year to go until Brexit milestone

NHS Confed:  Brexit rare disease warning from dad hoping to cure sons

PC&PE:  Future UK-EU relationship report published

PC&PE:  Post-Brexit failure to replace European Social Fund would be disastrous

Open Europe:  Voting for “blah blah blah”

OE:  Macron faces his biggest reform test

OE:  Eurosceptic or Europhile? Shedding light on the Five Star Movement’s stance towards the EU

BfB:  EU at clear risk of collapse, warns major new report

BfB:  Why I have decided to contribute to Briefings for Brexit – Prof Robert Rowthorn

BfB:  Parliament’s Role in Brexit: Vital but Bounded


 More contributions to the UK constitutional debate

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

Researched Links:

OSSW:  New powers model for Wales comes into force on 1 April 2018


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