The WGPlus editorial team is now signing off for its holiday period with Seasonal Greetings to all our readers.  Our first offering for 2019 will be published w/c 14 January 2019.

Readers please note that:

Not all items published in the last week are listed for each news source, but note that when you click on an item, scrolling down it will also display the last 7 day’s items for that channel (if item clicked on has less than 10 articles in that period, then the last 10 articles will be displayed regardless of date)

A news source may be listed in more than one section if the different items cover different topics (ex.; ScotGov may be listed in General …. & Health, …. & Policy….  & Consultation  …. & ICT …. and Business …… sections

We will try to ensure that we list at least one item per news source (if they have published any in the past week) 

Editor’s choice of other ICT items of note:

techUK:  Help shape our sustainability work!

techUK:  NHS Digital Academy – mentoring opportunity for industry leaders

techUK:  Council of the Future Campaign Week

techUK:  Collaboration to support the Local Digital Declaration

ICO's blog on its international work 30/11/2018

ICO:  Blog: Sleigh-ing the Christmas GDPR myths

SOCITM:  Digital leaders urged to register for Leadership Academy courses

AXELOS:  Finding the humour in project management

Plans for the ICO’s Data Protection Practitioners' Conference 2019 are well underway. Registration for the April 8 event is open until 21 January.

Meanwhile, if you’re a data protection officer or responsible for data protection in your organisation, we want to hear about your experiences since the GDPR and DPA 2018 came into effect. Please fill in the survey and tell us what you think. And, if you’ve got a really good story to tell, we might ask you to share it at the conference.

We’ve also opened up registration for exhibitors and are asking all those interested to give additional information about how their offering can add value or enrich our delegates’ experience

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

DHCS:  Funding to help improve the lives of those affected by alcohol

DHSC:  £1.3bn industry/government investment driving early disease detection

DHSC:  NHS to save £1bn on its medicines bill in 2019

DHSC:  100,000 whole genomes sequenced in the NHS

NHS England: Very low calorie diets part of action to tackle growing obesity & Type 2 diabetes

NHS Digital:  Health survey reveals association between parent & child obesity

NHS England:  First NHS cancer patient to begin treatment with state of the art proton beam therapy

LGA:  180 operations a day to remove rotten teeth in children

EU drugs agency publishes its first report on the medical use of cannabis

Unite: Reassurances sought on the future of Derbyshire psychotherapy service, as consultation paused

NICE:  Adherence to guidelines could save 63 babies p.a.

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:

Mediation in the Workplace Ltd

Click here to find out more.

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

BEIS:  Virtual reality to revolutionise UK’s construction sector

Defra:  Export boost for UK industry as India opens market to British sheep meat

MoJ:  Drive to employ ex-offenders attracts over 120 businesses

HMRC:  Christmas bonus for millions of workers

ScotGov:  Export expansion for small business

WAG:  New bond powers for infrastructure investment

WAG:  Inclusive action plan to increase apprenticeship opportunities for disabled people

WAG:  Support to help businesses Inspire, Hire and Grow with veterans

Companies House:  Checks for UN sanctions when you register a company

Innovate UK:  New high-skills jobs open up as UK construction sector transforms

Innovate UK:  Automation to provide better advice to people - apply for funding

TUC calls on government to make employers report their disability pay gaps
Editor’s choice of other Policy & General items of note:

MoD:  JCCC’s commemorations team complete unprecedented levels of dedication during centenary year

LGA responds to Ombudsman report on complaints

Food Standards Agency:  Avoid the unwanted gift of food poisoning this Christmas

WAG:  Ministers accept Children’s Commissioner annual report recommendations

Launch Announcement: The Association of Chief Executives (ACE) Now Live on WiredGov!

Launch Announcement: The Public Chairs’ Forum (PCF) Now Live on WiredGov!

Civil Service: Accentuating the positive & focusing on unexpected advantages as a disability role model

Applications for the Government Economic Service Degree Apprenticeship are now open!

STFC:  UK space sector booming with more jobs on the way

TfL:  Are children key to a healthier London? TfL’s STARS programme suggests so

NA announces Cold War season launching April 2019

Citizens Advice welcomes new guidance for recovery of council tax

Charity Commission:  Alert for charities - fundraising and postal stamp fraud

FCO:  MI6 'C' speech on fourth generation espionage

DIFD:  UK aid supporting more than 18m farmers with plant doctors and new satellite ‘pest forecasts’

Home Office:  New pilot schemes to support migrants at risk of detention

DfT:  New aviation passenger charter to improve flying experience

DfE:  Mentoring schemes and top scholarships for children in care

WAG:  Places to enrich people’s lives at heart of new Planning Policy

MoJ:  London hosts inaugural international online courts forum

Law Commission launches reforms to planning law in Wales

ScotGov:  Building and fire safety

WAG:  New bill to make Welsh law more accessible introduced

FCA:  ScamSmart prompts tens of thousands of pension holders to seek information

PC&PE:  Taxpayers treated unfairly by HMRC, peers find

Digital Single Market: New EU rules allow Europeans to shop online without borders

More protection for workers: Council agrees to reduce the exposure to 5 carcinogens

 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:  SoS - Statement to parliament closing the first day of debate on the Withdrawal Agreement

10DS:  UK to tell EU it will no longer seek access to secure aspects of Galileo  

Letter to the health & care sector: update on preparations for a potential no-deal Brexit

Medicines supply: no-deal Brexit preparation plans update

PC&PE:  Brexit - Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration report published by Committee

CJEU: Wightman and Others v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

DIT:  Liam Fox submits services schedule to WTO

ScotGov:  Parliament rejects Brexit deal

ScotGov:  Fisheries Bill

DfT:  Transatlantic flight guarantee as UK and Canada agree new air arrangement

PC&PE:  Brexit -  Withdrawal Agreement & Political Declaration report published by Committee

CBI: Orderly Brexit would see steady growth over the next two years - Economic Forecast

OE:  The Government’s ‘Brexit Deal Compared’ Table: Fact-checked

OE:  Reality Check: The false claims about the Brexit deal

B4B:  The Economist and Project Fear Mark II

B4B:  Brexit - trading without deals

B4B:  The PM is misleading the country on defence & security – A rebuttal of a Downing Street ‘reprimand’

B4B:  Professor Robert Tombs: Is Brexit a real constitutional crisis yet? 

B4B:  A Letter to Remainers by Dr Graham Gudgin

B4B:  No Deal Is No Nightmare: Facts About EU Trade After Brexit

B4B:  My Very Own Little post-Brexit Brexit

B4B:  The Backstop Is Not Optional

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