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Editor’s choice of other ICT items of note:

techUK 5G Week: The 5G Future

techUK:  Government gets moving on urban mobility services

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

AXELOS:  What is programme management?

What's Holding Back Local Government Digital Adoption? Full Survey Report

Socitm predicts that the coming year will be a tipping point for the adoption of cloud services and new IT supply models in the public sector, yet major challenges still remain.

This latest report, based on the surveyed responses by more than 1,000 local government staff, explores attitudes to new tech adoption in local government across the UK.

Key findings are:

  • Budget and the perceived cost of new technology are key barriers to tech adoption​
  • Only 51% believe senior management understand the importance of new tech
  • 22% say certain individuals are holding back tech adoption to maintain status quo

​​​​ Access the full report here.

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

DHSC:  Opt-out organ donation - Max and Keira's Bill passed into law

NHS England:  Campaign to bring more family doctors back to general practice

MHRA:  Three further batches of blood pressure & heart medication recalled from pharmacies

NHS Confederation launches new network to strengthen the voice of BME leaders

WAG:  Emergency Department pilot scheme extended

NHS England:  Jo Cox Foundation backs campaign to end loneliness

PC&PE:  'Children deserve better' than slow progress on social care

NO:  Ombudsman issues good practice guide for care providers

LGA:  Urgent investment needed to halt decline in children's health visitors

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.

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

BEIS:  Update - What support is available for my small business?

NIC:  Water shortage warning highlights urgency of resilience

DWP:  New pension scheme "could deliver improved returns for millions"

Innovate UK:  Creating the 5G network - apply for funding

PC&PE:  Flawed system leaves leaseholders at risk of exploitation

UK Space Agency:  Free satellite data available to help tackle public sector challenges

Ofcom:  Radio industry must tune in to diversity

ESPO:  Consultancy Services

Action Fraud:  Train up 'cyber security champions' to stop hackers, small businesses told

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

MHCLG:  Brokenshire announces funding boost for homeless veterans

LGA: modern slavery referrals by councils soar ninefold

RUSI:  NATO's National Resilience Obligations

NCFE:  Auguring the future

Collaborate:  Exploring the new world: practical insights for funding, commissioning & managing in complexity

CAB:  Increasing numbers of small & newer energy suppliers delivering poor customer service

MHCLG:  Drivers to receive greater protection against rogue private parking operators

DfE:  Plans launched to boost quality of post -16 qualifications

DCMS:  Funding will ensure all charities can access safeguarding training to build safe & strong civil society

MoJ:  Funding boost for victims of rape & sexual abuse

Home Office:  Government backed Stalking Protection Bill receives Royal Assent

ONS:  New suite of faster economic indicators announced

IFS:  Taking control: which taxes could be devolved to English local government?

EC launches online tool for cartel leniency & settlements and non-cartel cooperation

EC fines Google €1.49bn for abusive practices in online advertising

 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’:

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DExEU:  Confirmation of UK Government agreement to Article 50 extension

10DS:  PM statement at the EU Council: 21 March 2019

DIT:  UK signs trade continuity agreement with Caribbean countries

DfT:  Continued EU access for UK airlines, hauliers and bus & coach operators agreed

DHSC:  Healthcare advice for UK travellers in the event of a no-deal EU Exit

HMRC outlines extension of Transitional Simplified Procedures

ScotGov:  Protecting cross-border healthcare

ScotGov:  Letter to the PM

ScotGov:  Staff shortages

WAG:  No deal tariffs plan will impact Welsh ports

WAG:  New immigration rules will hit the Welsh economy finds report

WAG:  Consultation on environmental principles & governance post-Brexit launched

WAO:  ‘No-deal’ Brexit planning is being ramped up, but the picture varies across Wales’ public services

PRA and FCA agree MoU with EBA

PC&PE:  EU Committee draws special attention to trade agreements with Israel & Switzerland

techUK responds to European Council Brexit extension

EU News:  General Affairs Council (Article 50)

Brexit: Council adopts a series of contingency measures for a "no-deal" scenario

Ensuring the continuation of Erasmus+ activities in the event of no-deal Brexit

ESMA’s application of the trading obligation for shares following a no-deal Brexit

ESMA clarifies endorsement of UK credit ratings in case of a no-deal Brexit

European Council (Art. 50) 21 March 2019

Civil Service:  How the Civil Service has prepared for exiting the EU

Children’s Commissioner:  A response to our letter to DExEU on the consequences for children’s safety of a No Deal Brexit

PX:  The Speaker should allow a third meaningful vote on the Brexit deal

OE: Clearing up confusion about Article 50 extension & No Deal as the “legal default”

B4B:  Ignore the nay-sayers – here’s why we’re still on course for a clean Brexit on 29th March

B4B:  No Deal is A Gentle Slope Not a Cliff-Edge

B4B:  Can we ever get a good Brexit deal?

B4B:  Brexiteers Must Not Snatch Humiliation from the Jaws of May’s Defeat

B4B:  What price democracy?

B4B:  The Withdrawal Agreement is an EU Trap

B4B:  There’s no such thing as ‘No Deal’: a WTO Brexit is the only rational choice

B4B:  The Political Declaration: a plan for subordination

B4B:  Theresa May should stop worrying about Northern Ireland

B4B:  Fact Checking the BBC Fact Checkers

B4B:  British friends, don’t miss Brexit!

B4B:  Where are we on the “Backstop?

B4B:   The UK is ready for a WTO Brexit  

B4B:  A WTO-Based Brexit Could Yield the UK £80bn per year

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