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Please choose from the links below to view individual sections of interest:

Editor’s choice of other ICT items of note:

ScotGov:  Cupar Digital Improvement Pilot

ScotGov:  Digital-first census for 2021

Dstl:  Scientists move away from the keyboard to beat cyber attackers at their own game

GDS:  How we’re helping public sector websites meet accessibility requirements

AXELOS:  Workshop facilitation, a key skill of the agile project manager

TheCloud: Lighting the Spark of Change - White+Paper...download now

These are pivotal times for the public sector. The culmination of a decade of driving efficiencies coincides with a surge in the expectation of a great customer experience. And now we are seeing the advent of technology that can turn the digital vision into reality.

Most councils recognise that transformation will unlock new opportunities to revolutionise their service delivery while keeping costs down. But is public sector transformation happening fast enough?

This latest paper explores the role of cloud technology in the transformation agenda, by considering the benefits, responding to common concerns and outlining steps local authorities can take to prepare for the cloud.

Click here to find out more and download your copy of this latest white paper: ‘The Cloud: lighting the spark of change’

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

DHSC:  NHS to partner with Commonwealth nations to stop superbugs

Home Office:  Government announces definition for cannabis-based products for medicinal use

NHS Health Scotland:  Findings from the Alcohol Health Alliance report on labelling - cause for concern

New medicine to treat infections in adults

Innovate UK:  Innovative healthcare projects deliver £ms of savings to NHS

NICE:  Double check patients with ‘penicillin allergy’ to avoid increased MRSA risk

HL:  A new map of London’s homelessness services  

NHS Digital:  New care & support guide released on the NHS website

Social care crisis biggest challenge of generation - NHS Confed. responds to Skills for Care report

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

BEIS:  New UKRI system needs community input on Horizon 2020 grants

BEIS:  Leading business leaders & academics join forces with Govt. to make manufacturing ‘smarter’

FCO:  Commonwealth Standards Network

Companies House: Bizarre excuses for filing company accounts late

LC: Consultation launched into how employment law disputes are decided

Dstl:  New competition: stopping it in its tracks

HMRC:  One week left to register for 2017 to 2018 Self Assessment

Innovate UK:  UK graphene manufacturer clinches Korean deal )

STFC:  UK & Singapore collaborate on £10m satellite project to develop next gen. comms  networks
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:

Caps Cases Ltd

Click here to find out more.

Editor’s choice of other Policy & General items of note:

MoD:  Streets ahead - British AI eyes scan future frontline in multinational urban experiment

DCMS:  Remembrance Sunday 2018: How you can join the commemorations on Sunday 11 Nov

Home Office:  Thousands granted citizenship under Windrush scheme

Charity Commission:  Update - Make sure you submit your charity annual return on time  

ScotGov:  Social Security Scotland to deliver disability assessments

Action Fraud:  Fake TV Licencing refund emails


 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 ‘partnership’ negotiations with the EU)

DExEU:  Secretary of State meeting with Chief Minister of Gibraltar: 26 September 2018

IEA Report:  Plan A+: Creating a prosperous post-Brexit UK

10DS:  PM meeting with Guy Verhofstadt MEP: 24 September 2018

DfT publishes no deal planning information

HO:  Future security in Europe

WAG:  New Brexit Portal to support business

WAG:  App to support Welsh food & drink businesses post-Brexit launched

techUK response to the PM's Brexit negotiations statement

techUK:  No Deal Notices show that negotiating in good faith must continue

EU News:  Companies stepping up efforts to ensure medicine supply post Brexit

BfB:  Moral denigration and condemnation - Gina Miller’s new weapon in her war on Brexit by Ian Moody

BfB:  Brexit Unlikely to Harm the NHS by Graham Gudgin

Please choose from the links below to view individual sections of interest:

Find out about your obligations and how to comply, including protecting personal information and providing access to official information.

Bupa fined £175,000 for systemic data protection failures
Bupa fined £175,000 for systemic data protection failures
Bupa Insurance Services Limited (Bupa) has been fined £175,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for failing to have effective security measures in place to protect customers’ personal information.

Blog: Your views will help us build our regulatory sandbox
Blog: Your views will help us build our regulatory sandbox
Chris Taylor, a Head of Assurance at the ICO, blogs about how organisations can help us shape our regulatory sandbox.

ICO statement in response to Conservative Party conference app incident
”We are aware of an incident involving a Conservative Party conference app and we will be making enquiries with the Conservative Party.”

ICO statement in response to Facebook data breach announcement
“It’s always the company’s responsibility to identify when UK citizens have been affected as part of a data breach and take steps to reduce any harm to consumers.”

ICO's blog on its international work
Colleagues from across the organisation share their experiences and involvement in the ICO's ongoing contributions to the upholding of information rights across the globe.

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