We wish our reader’s a Happy New Year with this first newsletter of 2019.  Please note that in addition to covering press releases of the last week, it also includes some of the more interesting items that were published during the Xmas break.

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:  Government Network Services 2 Framework is now live

techUK:  ICO publishes no deal guidance on data transfers

6 month prison sentence for motor industry employee in first ICO Computer Misuse Act prosecution

DCMS:  New strategy sets ambitions for a cyber security workforce fit for the future

NHS Digital:  NHS Spine reaches 1bn monthly transactions

DfT:  New cyber security standard for self-driving vehicles

AXELOS:  Getting the basics right before you buy in the “bots”


Winter is coming… Supporting vulnerable citizens during a weather crisis.

During the winter floods, Surrey County Council’s Emergency Management Team had a key role to play alongside the emergency services to help the county’s most vulnerable people by:

  Gathering data about them from multiple sources
•  Integrating and validating it, and distributing it to field officials

The main challenges were: 

To deploy infrastructure resources quickly and turn them off without penalty 
 GDPR compliance in the field to avoid putting vulnerable peoples’ personal data at risk

Click here to access this latest case study.

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

DHSC:  Innovative genomics tool guides response to Lassa fever outbreak

DHSC:  Two cases of resistant gonorrhoea diagnosed in the UK

DHSC:  New strategy for a measles & rubella free future

Mental health nurses & paramedics to respond together to reduce avoidable hospital admissions

LGA responds to NICE guidance on improving physical activity

EU News:  Trendspotter manual - handbook for the rapid assessment of emerging drug-related trends 

Demos:  Collaboration is key to unlocking potential of HealthTech to address winter pressures in the NHS

Unite:  Proposed 18% registration fee hike by Health & Care Professions Council is ‘unjust’

techUK:  NICE Evidence Standards Framework for Digital Health Technologies

NICE:  Non-invasive MRI scan for Prostate Cancer recommended

NICE:  Sharing end of life decisions - Carrying out mum’s wishes

POST:  Robotics in Social Care
Editor’s choice of other Business / Commercial items of note:

BEIS:  The future for small-scale low-carbon generation

Home Office:  Online right to work checks

NIC:  New Gemini Principles lay the foundations for developing digital twins

DCMS:  Greyhound welfare boosted through multi-£m deal with gambling industry

Defra:  Cutting food waste - game-changing fund opens

UK Space Agency:  Revolutionary satellite made of 'the stuff of science fiction' leaves the UK

techUK:  Moasure Launches The World's First Motion-Based Measuring Tool

Ofcom:  Ringing the changes: do phone numbers still matter?

OS & Mobileye team up to deliver roadside infrastructure data to enable a connected Britain

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:

Halkin Products

Click here to find out more.

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

MoD:  Modernising Defence Programme - Update

NAO:  Investigation into the British Army’s Recruiting Partnering Project

MHCLG:  James Brokenshire prioritises social houses for former servicemen & women with PTSD

LGA:  Children's care cash crisis: 9 in 10 councils pushed into the red

STFC:  UK scientists on a mission to prevent arsenic poisoning from rice

Space Agency:  Competition for young space entrepreneurs lifts off

Civil Service:  Six ways to improve your wellbeing

Citizens Advice:  System allows bailiffs to get away with rule breaking

Home Secretary announces new skills-based immigration system

GEO:  Fund launched to support disabled candidates stand for office

DfT:  New police powers to tackle illegal use of drones  

Defra:  Gove launches landmark blueprint for resources & waste

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

DWP:  Amber Rudd sets out fresh approach to Universal Credit

WAG:  Right to Buy to end in Wales this month

MoJ:  Trio of justice bills become law

MHCLG:  Government welcomes landmark law which will improve the safety of tenants

The time is right for Commonhold announce Law Commission

Action Fraud:  'WhatsApp Gold' hoax makes a comeback

NO:  Councils reminded of their duty to provide alternative education

NO:  Guidance for councils on admitting summer born children to school

 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’s Statement to Parliament in response to the CJEU's ruling on the Wightman Article 50 case

DExEU:  UK agreements with the EEA EFTA states and Switzerland

10DS:  PM press statement at European Council: 14 December 2018

European Council meetings on 13 December 2018

10DS:  PM statement on European Council: 17 December 2018

MHCLG:  Continuity of requirements under the Construction Products Regulation when the UK leaves the EU

HMT:  UK to remain in Common Transit Convention after Brexit

HMT:  More than £2bn Brexit preparation funding awarded to departments for a successful EU exit

DfT responds to EC contingency action plan

DfT:  Secretary of State letter to the aviation industry

DfT:  UK aviation industry set to prosper as UK prepares to leave the EU

DfT:  Haulage update: 7 January 2019

Defra:  Fishing industry encouraged to get ready for EU catch certificates in the event of a no deal

DIT:  UK and Switzerland agree to transition trade agreement after Brexit

FRC launch consultation on changes to Third Country Auditors (Fees) Instrument

ScotGov:  Information and advice for EU citizens

ScotGov:  Fisheries debate

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

Import of fishery products: Council agrees on autonomous EU tariff quotas for the period 2019-2020

Extended internal market and EU relations with non-EU Western European countries

PC&PE:  Brexit Committee’s united verdict on the Prime Minister's deal: Uncertainty, not clarity

PC&PE:  Any clear expression of ‘no confidence’ could topple Government, warns Committee

PC&PE:  Committee demands action on Government’s strategy for NI's fisheries post-Brexit

PC&PE:  Lords debate Committee's report on consumer protection after Brexit

OE:  Can the Government secure meaningful reassurances on the backstop?

OE:  What does the Immigration White Paper mean for future migration policy?

OE:  How can the Irish backstop be modified to give assurances to MPs?

OE:  The EU’s latest contingency preparations for No Deal

OE:  Does Labour really have an “alternative” Brexit plan?

OE:  ‘Suspending’ Article 50: What options does the UK have?

OE:  Accepting Labour MPs’ amendment sends a useful political signal

IPPR:  Amid the Brexit Chaos - A Plan for the Northern Powerhouse

ESRC:  New research projects to assess long-term governance implications of Brexit across the UK

NCFE:  Fixing the Foundations – skills growth and replacement in a post-Brexit economy

B4B:  Up With This We Will Not Put – An (augmented) speech to Their Lordships House

B4B:  We need a Clean Brexit, not this mad Withdrawal Agreement

B4B:  Who’s Afraid of Martin Wolf?

B4B:  What Does Brexit Really Mean?

B4B:  A Second Referendum: just what the wreckers want

B4B:  Every claim made by Theresa May and her rebuttal unit is false

B4B:  Baroness Ruth Deech voices concerns on May’s Withdrawal Agreement

B4B:  Target2 – The Eurozone’s silent bailout system

B4B:  The European Union is in total crisis – we need to get out as soon as possible

B4B:  Prepare for A WTO Brexit and Liberation!

B4B:   Universities and a ‘no-deal’ Brexit: some rather desperate misrepresentations

B4B:   May-Barnier Withdrawal Agreement. Not the End of the Story

B4B:  Dangers of the Withdrawal Agreement

B4B:  The Political Ethics of Brexit

B4B:  The benefits of a WTO deal

B4B:  ‘Project Fear’

B4B:  The bleak future of the EU

B4B:   What does ‘No Deal’ really mean?

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New investment for businesses to tackle ocean plastics crisis
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UK takes centre stage in immersive entertainment revolution
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