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Editor’s choice of other ICT items of note:

techUK:  UK Cloud Awards nominations are open

techUK:  Tech Talent Charter Report Launch

techUK:  Three predictions for 2019 in Defence Technology

NCSC:  Girls urged to join the tide of young people pursuing GCHQ cyber pipeline path

DfT:  Let’s get digital – new online system to cut Blue Badge application time

Openness by Design: ICO’s access to information strategy is published for consultation 


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

DHSC:  Final report on GP partnerships published

NHS England’s plan to eliminate Hepatitis C decisively backed by High Court

Unite:  Fears over possible privatisation of NHS cervical screening services

NICE:  More donor livers could be used for transplantation thanks to exciting new development

NICE:  Thousands of adults with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia to benefit from new treatment option

HL:  Changing the story about moving on

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

Defra:  Government to help farmers tackle air pollution in new clean air strategy

DfE:  New Apprenticeship Campaign 'Fire It Up' launches

HM Treasury:  UK signs new Israel tax agreement to boost investment

WAG support for Airbus unwavering - Minister for North Wales

NDA:  Robots tackle Sellafield’s notorious radioactive ‘hot spot’

Innovate UK:  New investment for businesses to tackle ocean plastics crisis

NEPO:  Suppliers can update their tendering skills with NEPO Business Club

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:

Takeoff UK

Click here to find out more.

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

Defence Secretary invites D-Day veterans to 75th anniversary

DfT:  Let’s get digital – new online system to cut Blue Badge application time

STFC:  UK scientists & engineers working to reduce food waste in developing countries

ESRC:  Horizon 2020 grant holders – have you submitted your details to UKRI's portal?

RoSPA:  Child safety campaign looking for north west participants after successful pilot

IFG:  Staff turnover is weakening the civil service

DIFD:  Bognor Regis business saves lives with UK aid

Home Office announces repayment scheme for victims of modern slavery

DfE:  New site to help schools save thousands on recruitment costs

Defra:  Government launches world leading plan to tackle air pollution

ScotGov Expanding access to free sanitary products

WAG:  Learners to experience new languages at an earlier age

Home Office approves IOPC guidance and concludes firearms review

ScotGov:  New drug driving laws and roadside testing to improve road safety

Action Fraud:  Most vulnerable in society are more at risk of falling victim to fraudsters

NAO:  Local authority governance

PC&PE:  Retail Price Index must be fixed, says Lords Committee

CO2 emission standards for cars & vans: European Council confirms agreement on stricter limits

 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 statement in the House of Commons: 14 January 2018

10DS:  PM statement to the House of Commons: 15 January 2019

10DS:  PM statement to the House: 16 January 2019

Preparing for EU exit - BEIS update

Defra:  Government publishes 'No deal' EU exit advice on travel changes for protected animals & plants

DIT:  Trade Remedies Authority on track to protect UK industry

DIT:  UK and Australia agree continuity of Mutual Recognition Agreement

Joint Brexit deal letter from EU – 14/01 2019

EU News:  Meaningful Vote in the UK House of Commons

Plenary session of the EP on the occasion of the debate on the UK's withdrawal from the EU

ScotGov:  Letter to the PM

ScotGov:  Agri-food tariff threat to Scottish consumers and producers

WAG:  Minister for Environment urges fishers to prepare for no-deal Brexit

WAG:  ‘No deal’ could have devastating impact on Welsh farming and fisheries

WAG:  PM gambling with nation’s future – Jeremy Miles

PC&PE:  Lords debate report on possibility of post-Brexit UK-EU security treaty

PC&PE:  Government rebuked for lack of preparation on Brexit and chemicals

PX:  The Contest to “Take Control” of Brexit

OE:  Questions to put to opponents of the Brexit deal

IFG:  Statement in response to Parliament's meaningful vote

techUK:  Only minuses to a Canada plus

IEA:  UK should scrap net migration target & introduce 2-lane immigration system post-Brexit

OE:  The Government’s paper on Northern Ireland

B4B:  The Backstop Will Never End Letter to the Telegraph

B4B:  The Withdrawal Agreement’s threat to the City 

B4B:  The Withdrawal Agreement – a warning to British farmers

B4B:  A WTO-based Brexit could yield the UK £80bn per year

Ten B4B guests #StandUp4Brexit

B4B:  Momentous Days Ahead

B4B:  Now for a Free Trade Deal

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