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Editor’s choice of other ICT items of note:

techUK:  The issue of online harms requires complex thought by Government

techUK:  The supplier response to the Local Digital Declaration

Surveillance Camera Commissioner:  Guidance launched for in-house monitoring centres

EU News:  Comic book on Digital Ethics

GeoPlace:  Predicting & preventing London’s next fire using predictive analytics and the Unique PRN  

SOCITM:  Call to sign up for Leadership Academy programmes

IWF:  UK’s internet guardian ‘sets standard’ for hotlines worldwide


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

DHSC:  Fortifying flour with folic acid: government to consult

DHSC:  Stopping fraud against the NHS: new plans announced

DHSC:   New  ROI tool shows best ways to prevent cardiovascular disease

LGA responds to analysis by The Health Foundation on public health services

Audit Scotland:  Urgent action needed to tackle mounting pressures in the NHS

TUC:  Mental health services are failing to meet rising demand, new report reveals

Homeless Link:  Housing Options for Survivors of Domestic Abuse

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.

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

Defra:  Sales of veterinary antibiotics at their lowest in 25 years

HMRC:  100 days left to file your 2017 to 2018 tax return

ScotGov:  New measures announced to grow Scotland’s economy

Dstl:  Regenerative Medicine on the Front Line: Collaboration Day

UK Space Agency: Free satellite data to help tackle public sector challenges

Food Standards Agency:  Rise in cases of Salmonella Typhimurium

ESPO:  Managing your Energy with ESPO frameworks

CBI: Education system must change to support flexible study

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

MoD:  Historic day for the military as all roles are opened to women

DCMS:  Armistice 2018

FDA welcomes important, if overdue, House of Commons Commission decision

CCC: Current approach to protecting England’s coastal communities from flooding & erosion not fit for purpose as the climate changes

RoSPA:  Time to debate the clock change and save lives

Charity Commission’s new strategy and what it means for community foundations

HO:  Campaign to prevent properties being bought with dirty money

DfE:  Major new scheme launched to support young people leaving care

DfT:  Changes to UK aviation security

Defra:  Tree Champion: we must preserve our urban trees

Audit Scotland:  Scotland's new financial powers

OSSW:  Strengthening prisoners’ family ties: the ‘golden thread’ to reducing reoffending

HMRC:  Clarifying the scope of the Welsh rates of Income Tax – technical note and draft legislation

Defra:  Michael Gove announces new funding to protect bees


 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)

10DS:  PM's statement on European Council: 22 October 2018

10DS:  PM hails new era of Dutch-UK security cooperation post-Brexit

MHCLG:  Continuity of planning (environmental) requirements when the UK leaves the EU

Defra:  Gove launches Fisheries Bill to take back control of UK waters

Home Office:  New fund to support vulnerable EU citizens apply for settled status

DIT:  Why British trade with Africa, Caribbean and Pacific nations can boom after Brexit

EU News:  Type approval of motor vehicles: transition from EU28 to EU27

NAO:  The UK border: preparedness for EU exit

LGA responds to NAO report on the UK border

ScotGov:  Ministers to raise research concerns at Brexit meeting

WAG:  Funding to help third sector prepare for Brexit

WAG:  £7.5m to help business prepare for Brexit

WAG:  Funding announced to prepare health service in Wales for Brexit

PC&PE:  Reasoned opinion on discontinuing seasonal changes of time recommended by Committee 

PC&PE:  Time short for addressing urgent Brexit challenges for NI farming 

PC&PE:  Brexit: plant & animal biosecurity report published by Committee

The telegraph: EU's attempt to control Britain's tax policies after Brexit

Open Europe:  How much regulatory divergence can we have within the UK?

B4B:  The Quiet Death of Corbyn’s “A Customs Union”

B4B:  Who are the Populists? By Robert Tombs

B4B:  Economist, Larry Elliott on predictions of food & medicine shortages  

B4B:  Ten reasons that justify the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. By Professor David Blake

B4B: Academia and a Second Referendum. By Sophie Jones 

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Innovate UK
Latest Documents

£215 million additional investment for UK innovation centres
£215 million additional investment for UK innovation centres
Further investment in the UK’s internationally-renowned Catapult innovation centres has been announced as part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy.

Dissolving seaweed sauce sachets among innovative schemes to cut down on harmful plastic waste
Dissolving seaweed sauce sachets among innovative schemes to cut down on harmful plastic waste
Moving to a greener, cleaner economy which helps protect the environment is a key part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy.

Automated design for a more efficient railway: apply for funding
Automated design for a more efficient railway: apply for funding
UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £300,000 to develop new ways to plan railway infrastructure and meet passenger demand.

Real-time tracking for firefighter safety: apply for contracts
Real-time tracking for firefighter safety: apply for contracts
Organisations can apply for a share of up to £1.25 million to develop location tracking technology and keep fire crews safe during live incidents.
New funding to drive improvements in immersive content creation
New funding to drive improvements in immersive content creation
Businesses can apply for a share of up to £8 million for innovation projects that support better, more immersive experiences.