WIREDGOV NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE
|Identifying who is entitled to what services, especially after Brexit!
GOV.UK Verify, the government’s digital identity programme, aims to ensure that users can create, use & reuse digital identities across public & private sector services.
Blog posted by: Lisa Barrett, 25 March 2019; As the recently appointed Director of Digital Identity at the Government Digital Service, it’s my role to ensure that this happens, and to shape the role of GOV.UK Verify in the future. It’s a big challenge and one I feel privileged to have joined. Here’s …… my priorities for the near future:
Data, innovation and investment: …. we also need to consider the incentives of, and ensure tech works for, both users and content/identity providers. We need to innovate smartly and with user needs at the heart. And we need to act with urgency on opportunities that will unlock further investment in this market.
Digital identity is a collaborative project: ……. if we want to solve the issue of connected data and user journeys, we need to look at identity as well.We need to get this right for people; …… People will rely on a robust digital identity system in order to access critical services. They also need to know their data is safe and being used in the right way. And they expect a level of simplicity that they can navigate and understand.
|Responsible for £bns of assets, but often too ‘embarrassed’ to admit their ignorance of how to protect them
Board members need to understand cyber security - NCSC publishes Cyber Board Toolkit.
With new regulations in place, such as GDPR, board members now have raised expectations as to their roles & responsibilities. That is why the National Cyber Security Centre has published a cyber Board Toolkit – made relevant to anyone that is accountable within an organisation, from the Board of Directors or Governors to Trustees and Partners.
The Toolkit is also relevant for technical staff and security practitioners, who are able to use the questions in the toolkit to frame discussions with the Board. Through using the Toolkit, board members can know enough about cyber security in order to have a fluent conversation with their cyber practitioners.
The Toolkit provides:
|Editor’s choice of other ICT items of note:
|Action required to ‘rectify problems’
Government inaction is hindering Ombudsman’s ability to serve public according to PACAC’s latest report examining the performance of the Public Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) in 2017/18.
The report acknowledges progress made over the past 12 months, but highlights areas where deficiencies remain. It also criticises the ongoing Government inaction on introducing reforms, which continues to hamstring the PHSO.
Chair of the Committee, Sir Bernard Jenkin MP said: “As a Committee, we have heard from individuals and families who have had existing traumas compounded by an ineffective, inefficient complaints process, at both NHS and PHSO level. Whilst nobody doubts the complex nature of the Ombudsman’s role, there has been a need to rebuild public trust and ensure the service is up to scratch. ……..“Completing the task depends on Government support however – support that has been promised and not yet delivered. The “fizzling out” of momentum on improving NHS complaints the Ombudsman has identified is unacceptable. There is also no good reason for the draft Public Services Ombudsman Bill to have been languishing at pre-legislative scrutiny stage for over two years. The Ombudsman and his team must be empowered if they are to build on what has been achieved over the past twelve months.”
|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.
|Even when they ‘fail’ they are ‘financially rewarded’, while the ‘workers’ get minimal redundancy payments
CIPD responds to the BEIS Committee Report: Executive rewards - paying for success.
In response to the BEIS Committee report on executive pay, Charles Cotton, senior reward & performance adviser for the CIPD, comments:
“…….. Success is a collective achievement and it isn’t right that some top earners take home multi-£m packages while pay for their average worker has struggled to improve in recent years….. There needs to be a much stronger link between corporate performance and the remuneration of all workers, including those at the top. We want to see a new, broader definition of corporate success that goes beyond profit and loss and also looks at how people are managed, rewarded & developed and how customers are treated.”The CIPD and the High Pay Centre publish an annual analysis of FTSE 100 CEO pay. Last year’s analysis showed that CEO median pay rose by 11% between 2016 and 2017….. , The research found that FTSE 100 CEO median pay now stands at £3.93m per year, an increase on £3.53m in 2016.
|Editor’s choice of other Business / Commercial items of note:
|Don’t get too excited; This only funds some of the survey work!
5 brand new garden towns have been unveiled unlocking up to 64,000 much-needed homes across England, the Minister of State for Housing has announced.
The locally-led new communities, from Hertfordshire to Gloucestershire, will receive a share of £3.7m of funding to fast-track specialist survey work and planning works necessary for each new town’s development. The 5 new schemes announced will join the 23 existing garden communities the government is currently supporting.
In addition to the 5 garden town schemes outlined above, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government will also shortly announce further successful bids, including garden villages submitted prior to the 9 November 2018 deadline.
|Editor’s choice of other Policy & General items of note:
|Editor’s Highlighted item; Amidst the hyperbole of one-sided media comment and out-of-touch MPs, a voice of reasoned & informed opinion.
John Humphrys interviewed Mervyn King, the former Governor of the Bank of England, on the BBC’s Today programme about Brexit. (Friday 29th March).
Cathy Gyngell of the ConservativeWomen website transcribed King’s calm and rational explanation of the issues around Brexit to have on the record.
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’: