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Editor’s choice of other ICT items of note:

techUK:  MoD announces £30m boost to fast-track battlefield apps

techUK responds to the Spring Statement

NAO:  Progress of the 2016-2021 National Cyber Security Programme

10DS:  Celebrating 30 years of the World Wide Web

EU to pool & network its cybersecurity expertise 

New NCSC beta website launched

AXELOS:  PRINCE2 Agile - meeting customer requirements; delivering the right product


After becoming a Universal Credit full service area, Luton Borough Council found their Administration Grant further reduced and were suddenly under significant pressure to cut costs. Luton’s existing digital service was only digital to a point, and with Universal Credit being digital only they faced an issue.

The verification challenge: As Luton started the journey of implementing Automation, the biggest issue they faced was in checking that a claim coming in for automated processing was a valid claim and therefore entitled to receive housing benefit. They were unsure whether the digital uploading of documents would work in reality, for the checking of verification documents.

It all turned out to work much better than expected…“Previously verification and document uploading took an average of 10 days as claimants had to bring their documents to us in person. It is much quicker now that we are automated.- Clive Jones, Head of Revenues and Benefits, Luton Borough Council

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

DHSC:  Community pharmacy funding: interim arrangements agreed

DHSC:  New funding to research health impact of climate change

DHSC:  Public Health England publishes air pollution evidence review

NHS England:  Urgent same day care to spare half a million more patients unnecessary hospital stays  

The NHS in England will offer free tampons & other sanitary products to every hospital patient who needs them

ScotGov:  Ready Steady Baby’ guidance updated

Reform Thoughts:  The NHS Winter Crisis

Thousands set to benefit from blood pressure treatment under new NICE guidance

Homeless Link:  Promising practice - Gender-informed approaches to supporting women who are homeless

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:

Lodestone Communications

Click here to find out more.

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

BEIS:  Third wave of the UK’s science & innovation audits published

BEIS:  Audit regime in the UK to be transformed with new regulator

BEIS:  Government has launched its first holiday pay advertising campaign

Defra:  Farmers advised to apply early for this year’s funding schemes

ScotGov:  Scotland’s £4bn Space Sector

Innovate UK:  Collaborate in a business-academic partnership - apply for funding

Dstl's first virtual reality collaboration is a success

Space Agency:  UK to tackle danger of the solar wind and find new Earth-like planets  

RLA:  Urgent action needed to tackle scandal of empty homes

NEPO:  Using the Contracts Register to identify business opportunities

NDA:  Apprenticeships take centre stage

FSA have launched new tools for withdrawing or recalling unsafe food
Editor’s choice of other Policy & General items of note:

MoD:  New Gurkha battalion to be established as brigade grows

MoD:  10,000 troops from 13 countries arrive in the UK for major exercise

NAO:  Reforming the civilian workforce

LGA launches Twenty-first Century Toolkit to support women, parents & carers

TfL:  One-month countdown begins as capital gets ready for central London ULEZ

Reform:  Co-production: Putting The Public Back Into Public Services

HM Treasury:  Spring Statement 2019: what you need to know

Defra:  UK takes step forward in global marine protection

DfT:  New extended drone no-fly zone in place now 

WAG:  Report on public’s understanding of tax devolution in Wales welcomed

PC&PE:  Bribery Act 2010 “an exemplary piece of legislation”, say Lords Committee

EU:  New energy efficiency labels explained

EC reviews relations with China, proposes 10 actions

EC welcomes agreement to better protect geographical indications

 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:

GOV. UK – Brexit

Latest Documents

GOV.UK Brexit Search

10DS:  PM - We can deliver the change you voted for

10DS:  Prime Minister's press statement in Strasbourg: 11 March 2019

10DS:  PM statement in the House of Commons: 12 March 2019

10DS:  PM statement in the House of Commons: 13 March 2019

Cabinet Office:  Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster statement: 11 March 2019

HM Treasury:  Temporary tariff regime for no deal Brexit published

DIT:  UK & Pacific Islands sign trade continuity agreement

EU News:  Joint press conference with UK PM Theresa May

The continuity of the EU peace & reconciliation programme in NI is crucial in the context of Brexit

ScotGov:  Preparing for Brexit

ScotGov:  Funding to Prepare for Brexit

ScotGov:  Students returning after Brexit

WAG Health Minister in Brexit impact meeting

WAG:  Economy Minister in Geneva for Brexit Talks with Automotive Sector

WAG:  £1.2m for Local Government Brexit preparations

WAG:  Additional £1.7m to help Welsh business weather Brexit

FSA Chair reaffirms commitment to highest food safety standards after EU Exit

techUK:  Delay to Article 50 now imperative – techUK

techUK responds to No Deal tariff regime

PC&PE:  Divided Government must provide Parliament with clarity ahead of crucial vote

PC&PE:  Scottish Government must have a guaranteed role in future trade negotiations

PC&PE:  ‘Costly and time-consuming duplication’ in Brexit preparations

PC&PE:  Brexit - Risky & rushed activity must not become ‘new normal’

PC&PE:  Extend Article 50 and hold indicative votes to find way forward

OE:  What changes has the Attorney General proposed to the backstop?

OE:  Under which conditions would the EU27 agree to an Article 50 extension?

IFG:  Questions over Home Office role in immigration after Brexit

Adam Smith Inst:  Half marks for tariff reductions

B4B: The EU is a Major Drag on the UK economy

B4B:  The backstop: a violation of human rights?

B4B:  Project Practicality – the WTO Deal

B4B:   EU Adds Fourth Lock to Withdrawal Agreement

B4B:  Political Declaration a Brief Analysis

B4B:  May’s Brexit Pantomime Act 5

B4B:  Pulling the Wool. The PM’s Last Gasp

B4B:  May’s Brexit Pantomime Act 6

B4B:  Will MPs Give EU a Win-Win Brexit?

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