During the WGPlus newsletter August break, our editorial team will be highlighting some of the more important / interesting press releases published each week.

Editor’s choice of ICT / Data Management & Security items of note:

techUK:  Invitation to participate in our Building the Smarter State campaign

techUK:  ONS stats that show 26% of smartphone users did not have security

techUK:  How will technology transform public services?

techUK:  RAF100 augmented reality flypast app

ICO:  Emma’s Diary fined £140,000 for selling personal information for political campaigning

NIC:  Which? findings demonstrate need to invest properly in future broadband services

Home Office:  How we use the digital inclusion scale

DfT:  Train firms and tech experts unite to revolutionise rail travel

GDS:  How we use Instagram at GDS

AXELOS:  PRINCE2 and simulation-based training

CJEU: Link to original server but don’t load up on another server

UK online centres:  Get Online Week event registration is live

SOCITM:  Webinar Wednesday 15 August - End-user security awareness

Editor’s choice of Health & Social care related items of note:

DHSC:  New system of consent for organ & tissue donation announced

NHS Digital:  GP practices across London successfully make switch to Electronic Prescription Service

DHSC:  Deaths from hepatitis C have fallen by 11% in the last year

Esmya: new measures to minimise risk of rare but serious liver injury

ScotGov:  Suicide prevention plan

DSTL:  New test for sepsis could improve survival rates

NHS SBS:  Royal Papworth Hospital NHS FT and NHS SBS announce unique partnership to pioneer new back office services for the NHS

Unite:  The scale of Virgin’s NHS contracts should be probed by MPs

DHSC:  Statutory scheme to control costs of branded health service medicines – (closes on 18 September 2018)


The future is already upon us today in the public sector. We’re at a tipping point where digital is no longer seen as a ‘concept’ – it is part of everything we do. Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the public sector might seem like blue sky thinking to some but automated processes, Chat Bots and other exciting technologies are already being developed and implemented by forward thinking and future savvy organisations. Driving cost savings, efficiencies and, more importantly, improving services.

Customer self-service, processing automation, virtual assistants, chatbots in Customer Services, sensor AI and AI-assisted robotic process automation. They’re all technologies that are happening now but they’ve got ramifications and considerations for tomorrow.

So, what are some of the big challenges we are facing with automation both today and tomorrow and what opportunities could it offer?

Capita’s One takes a look at the future of automation in the public sector – how we can utilise it in our work, how we can support better outcomes when using AI and how this all sits ethically.

Read the full blog here.

Editor’s choice of Business / Commercial items of note:

BEIS:  Britain competes for the launch of an estimated 2,000 satellites by 2030

BEIS:  £bn backing for British innovation

BEIS:  New strategy launched to keep consumers safe and protect businesses that do the right thing

Innovate UK:   Global access to reliable energy - apply for funding

Innovate UK:  Affordable healthcare in India - apply for funding

Dstl:  New competition - Biosensing across wide areas

DfT to invest record amounts in small businesses

Defra:  New guide for farmers to help reduce air pollution from ammonia

Defra:  Ash dieback found on three new host species of tree in the UK

Defra:  Animal welfare enhanced by new code for laying hens & pullets

RLA:  Landlords Call For Greater Ambition to Improve Energy Efficiency of Rented Homes

CMA:  Barclays gets legal directions for PPI breach

ScotGov:  Promoting Scotch lamb

Insolvency Service:  Carillion contracts complete transfer

JRF:  Families in the North locked out of jobs market by 'unaffordable & unreliable' local transport

STFC:  New materials could make batteries charge faster

FRC: Blog – What NEDs can add to family businesses

ESPO;  Read the latest framework case studies

Ofgem consults on requests by networks for adjustments to funding – (closes on 29 August 2018)

Future of Mobility Grand Challenge consultation package – (closes on 10 September 2018)

FCA collaborates on new consultation to explore the opportunities of a Global Financial Innovation Network – (closes on 14 October 2018)

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. 

Against this ambitious 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:

McFeggan Brown

Click here to find out more.

Editor’s choice of general items of note:

FCO:  Joint statement on the re-imposition of US sanctions on Iran

FCO:  Statement on post-elections human rights situation in Zimbabwe

FCO:  Statement on targeting of opposition supporters in Zimbabwe

DCMS:  Government outlines vision to empower & invest in society

DfE:  Projects to improve education for children with additional needs

DIFD:  UK launches largest tax partnership programme to help Ethiopia transition from aid

MHCLG:  All supported housing funding to be retained in welfare system

MoD:  Joint Forces Command Operational Concept Demonstrator flies for over 25 days

MoJ:  Vulnerable offenders steered towards treatment

WAG:  Apply now for funding to help with costs of school uniform and sports kit

WAG:  Minimum price for alcohol Bill becomes law

WAG:  Ending the physical punishment of children will protect their rights

Sentencing Council:  Seminar on collaborating to shape the future of sentencing research - Innovation & impact

Attorney General's Office:  More victims and their families get justice

Ofgem increases level of safeguard tariff due to higher wholesale costs

Adam Smith Inst :  Equity Release sector hiding huge losses from under-valued guarantees

IEA:  Green Belt regulations stand in the way of young people getting on the housing ladder


 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 & our negotiations for a new partnership with the EU)

CJEU: EU law applies as long as the UK is a Member State

Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency - Clinical Trials Regulation

Vet Med Directorate:  information about market access during the implementation period following EU exit

techUK:  Consultation on environmental principles & governance after EU Exit

BfB:  The Current Shambles by Richard Tuck

BfB:  How Others See Us: a French view. Courtesy of Sir Richard Aikens


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