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|Editor’s choice of other ICT items of note|
techUK: Healthcare Unblocked 2018
DHSC: Patients lives to be greatly improved by technology revolutions in healthcare
New EU rules facilitating the free flow of non-personal data
|What about teaching better life skills (especially home cooking) as well?|
NHS Health Scotland has published a report comparing the impact of income-based policies on health & health inequalities for the Scottish population.
They found that increasing means-tested benefits by 50%, introducing Citizen's Basic Income schemes that incorporate Income Tax increases, increasing devolved benefits by 50%, and introducing the real Living Wage could all help to reduce health inequalities and improve health in Scotland.
They used the ScotPHO 'Informing Interventions to reduce health Inequalities' tool (the Triple I tool) to model the impact of income policies on health & health inequalities. The basis of the tool is that health improves as household income increases.
They compared a range of policies across three categories: taxation-based, benefits-based and some new approaches, including two Citizen's Basic Income policies. Of the policies we modelled, they found that the introduction of the Citizen's Basic Income scheme with additional payments for disabled people would be most cost-effective for both reducing premature deaths and reducing health inequalities.
They found that the most effective income-based policies for reducing health inequalities are likely to be those that disproportionately increase incomes for those with the lowest incomes. Action on income is not just reserved to one or two agencies; a wide range of local and national stakeholders can play a role in influencing household income and, in turn, health.
NHS Health Scotland: Comparing the impact of income policies on health & health inequalities
NHS Health Scotland: Reducing Health Harms of Foods High in Fat, Sugar or Salt
ScotGov: Improving Scotland’s diet
But what are these the measures of poverty?
Social Metrics Commission launches a new measure of UK poverty
Shocking impact of welfare cuts revealed
UK welfare cuts pushing more families into poverty
Equality Commission reports on progress towards socio-economic equality
Cost of the school day resources
Tackling poverty and inequalities
Poverty affects educational attainment
Strengthening family food support
Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan
We welcome the Scottish Government’s Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan 2018-2022
Support for low income families
IPPR Scotland: Ending the Benefit Cap and ‘Rape Clause’ in Scotland could lift 15,000 out of poverty
Universal Credit contributing to child poverty
JRF: Scotland must take steps to prevent country’s record on poverty unravelling
Children in families with limited resources across Scotland 2014-2016Living Wage Nation
|‘Carrot’ rather than ‘stick’|
Landlords are urging the government to back longer tenancies in rented housing to meet the needs of the growing numbers of families with children who rely on the sector for their home.
Almost 40% of private rented homes have at least one child living in them, with such families seeking long term stability to settle into their communities and local schools. Rather than resorting to legislation to impose longer tenancies on the sector, where tenants have already been living in their rented homes for almost four years, the RLA is calling for tax reforms to encourage & support more landlords to offer them.
The government has already admitted that such incentives “could be quicker to implement” than legislation. It would also ensure that the vital flexibility the sector is good at providing is retained, enabling those wanting short term tenancies to quickly access new work and educational opportunities.
In its submission to the Treasury ahead of the Budget on 29thOctober, the RLA is calling for tax relief on rental income which could increase each year a tenancy continues up to a maximum of five years if the tenancy is renewed. The relief would then remain at this level.Alongside this, the RLA is calling on the Government to develop its plans for a housing court to speed up justice for tenants & landlords if something goes wrong in a tenancy, especially long term tenancies.
RLA budget submission - Tax reform needed to encourage longer tenancies
MHCLG: New housing rental rules to protect thousands of tenants
RLA at 20 essay collection: RLA Policy Director David Smith on why legal reform is vital for a 21st Century rental market ~ Residential Landlords Association: Date announced for Future Renting Wales conference
A ‘bunch’ of useful ‘heads up’ links from the RLAGood tenants deserve good rental conditions
|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:
Click here to find out more.
|‘Tooling up’ for the job|
The North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO) and The Procurement Partnership Ltd. (TPPL) launch solution for Grounds Maintenance Equipment & Plant.
Established in 1976, NEPO undertakes high-value procurement in major strategic areas of spend in conjunction with North East local authorities and a range of associate members.
The solution covers an extensive range of equipment from 38 industry recognised suppliers, including dealerships & manufacturers located across the UK.This solution has been allows for the acquisition by purchase only of a wide range of grounds maintenance equipment, handheld tools and construction/agricultural plant without operators. It is available to the wider public sector via NEPO’s free of charge associate membership scheme.
NEPO and TPPL launch solution for Grounds Maintenance Equipment & Plant
NEPO becomes the latest stakeholder channel available on the WiredGov service
|The 1990’s ‘Peace Dividend’ is no more|
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced a new Defence Arctic Strategy, acknowledging the increasing opportunities & threats the region presents.
The strategy will enhance the MoD’s focus on the Arctic, underlined by our current commitments in the region and future deployments.
The change in the natural environment in the Arctic and High North is driving a change in the security environment and, as the region becomes more accessible, there has been an increase in military activity. The new Defence Arctic Strategy will put the Arctic and the High North central to the security of the UK.
Currently, the Royal Marines conduct cold weather training in Norway on an annual basis, with around 800 due to deploy in 2019. As part of the new Arctic strategy, the Marines training will become joint with Norway on a long-term basis and integrated into Norway’s defence plan, providing UK troops a unique opportunity to train alongside a key ally.
The strategy will also complement our NATO commitments and in 2019, four RAF Typhoons will for the first time patrol Icelandic skies. This will allow the UK to work closely with allies to deter aerial threats to Euro Atlantic security. The mission will also provide the RAF with unique opportunities to test its skills in different environments.
In 2020 we will also increase our operational commitments in the area with the introduction of new P-8 Poseidon aircraft. Based out of RAF Lossiemouth, the sub-hunters will help combat a range of intensifying threats, not least increasing submarine activity in the Arctic.This increased submarine activity poses a new threat and is something the Royal Navy is ready to combat. In 2018, a Royal Navy submarine took part in ICEX with the US Navy for the first time in ten years and as part of the new Defence Arctic Strategy, the Navy will mount regular under-ice deployments in the years to come.
MoD: Defence Secretary announces new Defence Arctic Strategy
MoD: UK to maintain military presence in Germany
MoD: UK set for new Birmingham warship and will keep amphibious assault ships
MoD: Fighter jets join forces with British aircraft carrier to make history
Defence Secretary Bolsters Support for Armed Forces
MoD: Exercise Combined Joint Atlantic Serpent 2018
MoD: Wedgetail is on the radar, Defence Secretary announces ahead of NATO conference
A weapon of mass destruction with indiscriminate after-effects
Future capabilities & role of Armed Services?
Cheaper, but will it be fit for purpose?
British companies get green light to press ahead with new Army vehicle plans, Defence Minister announces
Streets ahead: British AI eyes scan future frontline in multinational urban experiment
MoD needs plan to plug skill gaps and face emerging threats
The UK’s Ministry of Defence Delivers a Bland Update on its Modernising Defence Programme
A Long and Winding Road: The UK’s Defence Review Could Last For Some Time Yet
Modernising Defence Programme – Headline Conclusions
Tomorrow’s technology to protect the soldier of today
Intelligence technology to keep Joint Force Command one step ahead of adversaries
Britain to take leading role in next-generation air power, as Defence Secretary launches Combat Air Strategy
Growing the Contribution of Defence to UK Prosperity
British Army set to redefine warfare with joint Autonomous Warrior
Modernising Defence Programme: 'Beyond 2 per cent'
World’s Fastest 3D Microphone Array Simulation Software
Defence Minister welcomes first of new carrier-ready helicopter fleet
Defence Secretary launches UK's first Defence Space Strategy
British Army’s rifle set for multi-million-pound upgrade
The UK Modernising Defence Programme: ‘Get with the Programme’Wikipedia: Peace dividend
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’:
Brexit microsite (Information about the Article 50 process and our ‘partnership’ negotiations with the EU)
FCO: Mark Field in Malaysia to deepen bilateral ties ahead of Brexit
President Donald Tusk meets with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
BfB: Preparing to Exit by Professor Robert Tombs
BfB: Brexit and Productivity - A house built on sand
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