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Editor’s choice of other ICT items of note:

techUK Guest blog: The future of chatbots in local councils

Working in the digital future — new study anticipates the safety & health risks that lie ahead

ESRC:  Dark web plays growing role in illegal arms

GDS:  Breaking down barriers to digital career progression

NCSC:  GCHQ and the NCSC publish the UK Equities Process

AXELOS:  Continual Professional Development: you’re already doing it!


UKAS Accreditation: Supporting UK business in a post-Brexit world

Confidence in the safety and quality of goods and services bought and sold is an essential element of European and international trade. The mutual acceptance of test results and certificates plays an important part in building and maintaining this confidence. The United Kingdom Accreditation Service plays a key role in ensuring that the organisations carrying out testing, inspection and certification can be relied upon. It is vital that this confidence is maintained post-Brexit.

In order that the implications of Brexit for accreditation are fully understood, UKAS has prepared a leaflet setting out the key messages relating to accreditation and conformity assessment. The leaflet outlines the key actions required by Government departments and the public sector more generally to ensure that UK businesses can continue to trade effectively following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

Click here to download your copy.

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

DHSC:  Health technology can help spot serious illness & prevent it

NHS England:  NHS set to save record £300m on the NHS’s highest drug spend

NHS England:  GPs stopped from prescribing gluten free pizzas, cakes and biscuits

WAG:  New guidance to support Wales’ childcare settings provide healthy food & drink to children

EHRC:  Asylum seekers in Britain unable to access healthcare

NICE:  Speeding up access to transformative healthcare technologies  

NO:  Social care pressures reflected in Ombudsman’s annual review of complaints  

NHS Digital:  New service will put crucial patient information in the hands of paramedics & mental health nurses

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:

Showcase Interiors

Click here to find out more.

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

BEIS:  All British ‘eye in the sky’ to tackle oil spills, illegal shipping and deforestation

DIT - Google partnership to deliver export education series 

DIT:  Support for UK's continued access to £1.3 trillion market

Cabinet Office:  Crack down on suppliers who don’t pay on time

Cabinet Office:  £1.5m geospatial competition open to improve public services 

Defra:  Environment Secretary meets retailers & allergy groups as allergen labelling review progresses

DIT:  Adobe invest £63.5n in booming UK creative sector

HMT:  Projects worth £600bn in the pipeline as government gets Britain building

Innovate UK:  Better detection of illicit goods in the post: apply for funding

UK Space Agency: ‘Pint sized’ Scottish satellites launched into orbit

ESRC:  New era of tech-driven legal & financial services to boost productivity & improve customer experience

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

WAG:  Have you had your Welsh rates of income tax letter yet?

Children’s Commissioner:  What’s it like to be a child growing up with HIV?

EHRC:  Most marginalised Scots are the biggest losers in tax & spending plans

TfL:  First Ultra Low Emission Zone signs go up in London

CAB: Online retailers need to offer accessibility options as deliveries fail 3.4m disabled consumers

DfT:  New partnership with Muscular Dystrophy UK to improve journeys for disabled road users

GEO:  Women’s Business Council celebrates 5 years of collaboration between business & government

HO:  Safeguards governing investigatory powers come into effect

Defra:  Fly-tipping - New measures in government fight against waste crime

MHCLG:  Government bans combustible materials on high-rise homes

IOPC launches first 3 year plan to improve public confidence in policing

Action Fraud:  New campaign launched to fight festive fraud

NAO:  Improving government’s planning & spending framework

Safer cars for safer roads: Council agrees to tougher rules on vehicle safety


 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:  40 reasons to back the Brexit deal

10DS:  PM's statement on the Special European Council: 26 November 2018

10DS:  PM business briefing: 26 November 2018

10DS:  PM promises deal to strengthen the Union

10DS:  PM's statement on the Special European Council: 26 November 2018

10DS:  PM promises deal which works for Scotland

DExEU:  Negotiations on the future relationship: territorial scope

DExEU:  UK response to Council minutes statement on territorial scope

DfT:  UK and US agree new open skies arrangements

Home Office:  Brexit security speech

DIT:  There is a world beyond Europe, and a time beyond Brexit - Fox

DIT:  Support for UK's continued access to £1.3 trillion market

POST:  EU Environmental Principles

Provisional agreement reached on amending EU rules in the area of type-approvals for vehicles

GCEU: Shindler and Others v Council of the European Union

Special meeting of the European Council (Art. 50) on 25 November 2018

EC declares as inadmissible request for EU referendum on the UK remaining or leaving

EU:  Free trade agreements - political deal reached on systematic inclusion of safeguard measures

Plenary session of the European Parliament on the Article 50 negotiations with the UK; 29/11/2018

ESAs propose to amend bilateral margin requirements to assist Brexit preparations for OTC derivative contracts

ESMA sees rising market nervousness and sensitivity linked to Brexit risks

HMT:  UK agrees new customs arrangements with the Crown Dependencies

ScotGov:  Brexit deal uncertainty

WAG:  £1m made available to Welsh SMEs to help navigate Brexit

techUK:  Agreement in principle for UK bid to join GPA

techUK:  Brexit - A declaration of intent

FCA launches further consultations ahead of the UK’s exit from the EU

NIESR: GDP to be 4% lower in the longer term than it would have been had the UK stayed in the EU

OE: Europe reacts to the approval of the Brexit deal

B4B:  This bad deal is worse than no deal and worse than the EU

B4B:   What Does It Mean to Leave the EU with No Deal?

B4B:  There is ample time to junk the Withdrawal Agreement 

B4B:  May’s Deal means the EU can wreck British farming

B4B:  May’s road to economic serfdom

B4B:  Technology and the Irish Border


B4B:  An exclusive podcast with Brexit supporting Bernard Jenkin MP

B4B:  The Treasury claims a ‘no deal’ Brexit will cut UK GDP by 8% – just how silly is this?

B4B:  A Message to The Prime Minister

B4B:  Selling a sellout - the truth about the PM’s ‘deal’ with Brussels

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