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|Building up to a ‘perfect storm’ to drive demand for changes|
Tech giants do not face enough competition – reducing consumer choice & innovation.
An independent panel of experts says UK competition rules must be updated for the digital age. Tech giants have become increasingly dominant and ministers must open the market up to increase consumer choice and give people greater control over their data, an independent review said last week
It found these proposals could boost the economy by encouraging the development of new platforms to compete with established players. Opening markets up would also lead to new services that revolutionise how we use digital apps and programmes. For example, an aggregator service could bring together a person’s content & data from several social media platforms and make it easier to browse & message friends & family who use different apps.
Customers will be able to switch services more easily, taking their custom elsewhere and with greater control over their data. Lists of friends could be transferred to new social media sites and search histories could be transferred to a new search engine. The panel has made 20 specific recommendations for the government. These can be found in the full report.
Editorial Comment: The timing of this report, combined with the recent event in New Zealand, which was made worse (if that is possible) by the lack of speedy action by social media companies to remove video footage of the event, reinforces growing demands for changes to be enforced on Tech giants
|They have ‘made ’$bns’, so they can afford to spend ‘$ms’ to ‘police’ their sites|
|Editor’s choice of other ICT items of note:|
|God help us if no new antibiotics are developed soon!|
Every trust must take action to spot & treat the killer blood condition, which costs 37,000 lives a year, under guidance that is being mandated by NHS England. The guidance, drawn up with the Royal College of Physicians, The Royal College of GPs, NICE and the UK Sepsis Trust, states that ‘staff should look for sepsis at an early stage in patients coming to A&Es and those who are already on wards’.
And hospital teams should also take sufficient note of non-specific symptoms & concerns expressed by relatives & carers such as acute changes in behaviour. Hospitals will be contractually obliged to ensure they fully comply with the guidance coming in from April 2019.NHS England is also working with the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health and others to develop a national Paediatric Early Warning System to match the existing adult NEWS2 tool.
|Editor’s choice of other Health, Social care & Homelessness related items of note:|
|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.
|Public expenditure used to influence society|
Businesses who want to secure future government contracts will be urged to show they can also help improve society by tackling issues such as modern slavery & climate change.
During the Social Value Summit in London last week, the government launched a shake-up of the way government contracts are awarded to make sure they consider their social impact – by looking at areas such as the employment of disabled people, the use of small businesses, the prevention of modern slavery and the protection of the environment. This was a key measure outlined in the Government’s Civil Society Strategy, published by the DCMS.
The move will help deliver the government’s target of a third of contracts going to SMEs by 2022. It will also identify modern slavery risks in the government supply chain and make sure everything the government does, including procurement, works towards the key priorities of protecting the environment and making sure everyone has the opportunity to make the most of their talents.
This announcement will support the more than 100,000 social enterprises working in the UK which employ over 2m people. The social enterprise sector has been a great British business success story and it is right that the government does more to support it. A 12-week public consultation will be held on the proposals, to seek feedback from suppliers, public bodies and members of the public.
|PC&PE; A ‘cancer’ in our society|
|Editor’s choice of other Business / Commercial items of note:|
|FSA have launched new tools for withdrawing or recalling unsafe food|
|Editor’s choice of other Policy & General items of note:|
|EC welcomes agreement to better protect geographical indications|
|Editorial Commentary; Does the repatriation of Brexit payments and their ‘reallocation’ also justify a re-think of the Barnett formula?|
A recent press release from the NAO sets out how HM Treasury allocates funding to Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland (the devolved administrations):
‘At Spending Reviews, which take place every 2-4 years, HM Treasury decides how much funding it will allocate to each of the devolved administrations. Initial funding allocations are based on the funding they received in the previous year plus a population-based share of funding for changes in planned UK government spending. HM Treasury uses the Barnett formula to calculate these changes.
The highest spend per person on public services was in Northern Ireland (£11,190), followed by Scotland (£10,881), Wales (£10,397) and England (£9,080). As a large part of funding is simply rolled forward annually and unaffected by population changes, funding per person is increasing for the devolved administrations as their populations increase at a slower rate relative to that of England.
Outside of Spending Reviews, the devolved administrations can receive extra funding when spending priorities change and more funding is provided to UK government departments. The devolved administrations are not required to use their funding allocations for the same service or area of spending as the UK government. For example, more than 50% of the additional funding given to the devolved administrations at the 2018 Budget resulted from their share of the increase in funding to NHS England, but there is no requirement for this to be spent on the same services within the nations’.
The report describes how the basic allocations are calculated, how additional sums become payable and some of the rules that apply to how/where it can be spent. It is probably the best explanation of the Barnett formula since this supposedly ’temporary’ measure was introduced over 4 decades ago!
If Brexit is delivered, the devolved administrations are ‘demanding’ that their existing ‘EU grants’ be continued, but surely this provides an ideal opportunity for a complete review of central funding to the devolved administrations and England’s regions?It could provide an opportunity to highlight just how much revenue is raised by each of the four areas and clarify what each of them currently spends on the different services. It would also be reasonable to insist that in future additional funding, as per the above increase to NHS England’s funding, be spent on NHS funding for the devolved administrations!
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’: