Editor’s choice of other ICT items of note:

techUK: Latest GovTech Catalyst competition launched – Torfaen council

Your journey into tech – techUK’s online Career Pathways Guide

NCSC:  Small businesses given support to bounce back from cyber attacks

GDS:  People, not technology, enable innovation

AXELOS:  Who really is your customer?


The Government has set itself a target to become the most inclusive employer in the UK by 2020.

There is now a requirement for all government agencies to have their own inclusion and diversity strategy in place. Furthermore, ALL public sector websites and mobile apps have a legal duty to meet with accessibility requirements (deadline September 23rd 2019 for newer websites)

The most recent data on state of diversity in the Civil Service provides a mixed picture. The talent pool is becoming more diverse, with the percentage of women in the civil service rising steadily since 2010, and currently at 53.3 per cent. However, whilst representation of ethnic minorities and civil servants with disabilities has also improved, these groups only make up 12.8 per cent and 13.1 per cent of the service respectively.

Find out more and download a short guide & accompanying government case study detailing ‘how to create inclusive workplace’

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

NHS England:  NHS sets out ‘care for young carers’ offer in GP surgeries

NO:  Ombudsman calls for national review of former NHS Trust’s failure to keep patients safe

PC&PE:  NHS failure to meet waiting times targets risks patients' lives

NHS Confed:  New approach to leadership development, diversity & supporting CEOs required – report

ScotGov:  Opt-out system for donation gets go-ahead

NHS Health Scotland:  Regulations for Nutritional Requirements for Food & Drink in Schools published

WAG:  Healthy & Active Fund in Action

Innovation Agency:  Medicines project delivers £9.5m savings

Unite: Birmingham NHS maintenance & facilities staff to strike in ‘transfer to tax avoiding company’ row

Sport England:  Online Course to Educate Coaches About People With Mental Health Problems

DHSC:  £5m fund to develop support for unpaid carers

BIG:  National Lottery delivers funding support to tackle homelessness

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

BEIS:  Farming robots and eco-buildings the future as research kick-starts new innovations

BEIS:  Regulation rulebook rewritten to ensure UK leads tech revolution & empowers consumers

DIT:  UK holds more foreign investment than Germany & France combined

MHCLG:  Businesses to pay rates bills that better reflect current property values

Defra:  Fund opens to reduce waste from plastic packaging & textiles

DfT:  Government ushers in new era of green commutes with e-bike Cycle to Work scheme

MoD:  Join DASA to launch the search for the future of the Naval operating environment

LGA responds to Totaljobs report on lack of opportunities for ageing workforce

ScotGov:  Rural skills plan

WAG:  Public Service Boards ‘key’ to increasing local procurement

Innovate UK:  New £153m programme to commercialise UK’s quantum tech 

RLA:  Council listen to RLA as Newcastle licensing scheme scaled back

NAO:  Ensuring food safety & standards

Ofgem sets out five point plan to help vulnerable consumers

Reform:  Trading Our Way to Prosperity – Let’s Get Local

RUSI:  Hard Days for Europe’s Interests in Iran

CIPD:  People Skills Hub launched to help small firms improve their people management skills

CMA launches consumer law investigation into leasehold market

FCA publishes final rules on Buy Now Pay Later products

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:

Darenth Valley Building Services

Click here to find out more.

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

MoD:  2020 May bank holiday will be moved to mark 75th anniversary of VE Day

Electoral Commission:  Political parties & non-party campaigners accepting payments online

WAG:  New app to connect more people with Wales’ Coast Path

STFC:  15,000 free books for UK schools to celebrate global space mission

Civil Service:  Six steps towards greater inclusion

Citizens Advice:  FCA overdraft rules will protect vulnerable people from spiralling fees

ScotGov:  Energy efficiency grants for social landlords

GEO:  Projects set to help women back to work

Defra:  Gove launches review into strongest protections for English seas

ScotGov:  Protecting Scotland’s seas

MoJ:  End to divorce ‘blame game’ moves closer

ScotGov:  Creating a fairer legal sector

WAO:  Welsh public services could lose up to £1bn a year to fraud

Collaborate:  Place-based system change - Demystifying the practice

Reform:  Why Auntie is Right

IFG:  Candidates for Prime Minister must prepare now

 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

DExEU:  Sec. of State meeting with Sec. of State for European Affairs Amélie de Montchalin - 11 June 2019

DExEU:  Voting rights treaty secured with Portugal

DIT:  UK and Korea sign joint statement for trade continuity

‘No-deal' Brexit: EC takes stock of preparations ahead of the June European Council (Article 50)

WAG:  “Closer Wales-Ireland relations crucial for our economic futures”

WAG:  Not a penny less – Welsh Government calls for commitment on Shared Prosperity Fund

WAG:  We must protect status of EU citizens in Wales

WAG:  Parliament should compel the Government to bring forward a referendum bill by end of July

PC&PE:  Unclear, fragmented, incoherent: MPs call for urgent action on UK’s sanctions policy

PC&PE:  European Union Committee reports on two trade agreements

NAO:  Departments’ use of consultants to support preparations for EU Exit

CMA:  UK Competition Law enforcement: the post-Brexit future

OE: The Social Democrats have won Denmark’s general election – now for the hard part

OE: Is Italy heading towards a debt crisis?

B4B:  It Makes No Sense To Throw Away Your Strongest Card

B4B:  Theresa May heard but did not heed the Brexit vote’s call for a fairer Britain

B4B:  Avoiding the trap of the Withdrawal Agreement – the way ahead for a new PM

B4B:  The EU is a doomed empire

B4B:  Prorogation:  The Historical Case for Constitutional Innovation

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