Editor’s choice of other ICT items of note:

techUK:  MOD appoints first female Chief Scientific Adviser

techUK:  Extension to be allowed on strong customer authentication

ICO:  Human bias & discrimination in AI systems

ICO Blog: Supporting people accessing their data from the police

ICO’s access to information strategy calls for better compliance by PAs backed up with enforcement action

RUSI:  There's More to Cyber Than Huawei


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:

DHSC:  Holidaymakers urged to put MMR checks top of any travel plans

NHS Digital:  Embrace the NHS App as part of your practice’s digital toolbox

Innovation Agency:  New funding competition from SBRI Healthcare

NHS Confed:   Still a lot to do to reduce inappropriate out-of-area placements, says Mental Health Network

Patients Association backs safety campaign to tackle doctor fatigue

PC&PE:  Collaboration, not competition, is key to tackling healthcare challenges

NICE:  People with dementia should be offered activities that can help promote wellbeing

CQC calls for improvements to oral health in care homes

NHS Digital:  Increase in adult carers feeling stressed or depressed

HL:  Women’s Homelessness grants programme now open for first stage submissions

NHS England:  NHS to launch young people’s gambling addiction service
Editor’s choice of other Business / Commercial items of note:

BEIS:  UK’s largest carbon capture project to prevent equivalent of 22,000 cars’ emissions from polluting the atmosphere from 2021

DfT:  New requirements for electric chargepoints as country moves towards net zero

Defra:  Gove appoints Dimbleby to pioneer 'farm to fork' revolution

ScotGov:  Manufacturing innovation

WAG:  100% rates relief for public toilet buildings in Wales

OSSW:  Wales to benefit from new tourism sector deal

UK Space Agency: Young space entrepreneurs pitch to the experts

HM Treasury:  Using InsurTech to help low-income renters

RLA:  Good grilling guide - Helping your tenants stay safe this summer

NDA:  Fully remote solution needs fewer people and less equipment

Dstl:  Emergency Services to be Better Equipped for CBRN Incidents

Dstl:  Intelligent Ship - the Next Generation: Dial-in briefing and 1-1s

Ofcom:  End it with a text: easy mobile switching from Monday

FSA welcomes new allergen labelling law

STFC:  UK start-up meets manufacturers' need for speed in new product innovation

STFC:  Siemens, Atos & STFC launch ground-breaking partnership to help businesses adopt Industry 4.0 technologies

STFC:  Harwell Space Cluster Grows to 92 Organisations Employing 1,040
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:

Zypha Limited

Click here to find out more.

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

MoD:  Ensuring the right payments are made to the right people

MoD:  Joint Forces Command Reserves Day

LGA:  Councils sharing services save taxpayers more than £1bn

Civil Service:  Six lessons I've learnt through Team Chaffinch and the Junior Leaders Academy

Citizens Advice:  Hazardous homes - hundreds of thousands of private renters living in unsafe properties

Citizens Advice issues warning over future of community post offices

DIFD:  Secretary of State Rory Stewart launches UK review of progress towards the Global Goals

Cabinet Office:  Government sets out new plans to open up public appointments

DfE:  New group to boost support for disabled students

DfE:  Strengthened guidance on academy trust finances

MHCLG:  Leasehold axed for all new houses in move to place fairness at heart of housing market

DfT:  Older tyre ban in bid to improve road safety

DCMS:  £778m investment in Birmingham and the West Midlands to deliver 2022 Commonwealth Games

ScotGov:  New £10 benefit targets child poverty

WAG more than doubles youth work funding

WAG:  Online safety playlists in the classroom - guide for teachers

MoJ:  Law around non-consensual taking, making & sharing of sexual images to be reviewed

NAO:  Challenges in using data across government

Gender-sensitive communication: What’s wrong with a ladylike handshake?

 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:  Business group established to look at Brexit backstop alternatives

DHSC:  Medicines & medical products supply - government updates no-deal Brexit plans

10DS:  PM statement on European Council: 24 June 2019

DIT:  International Trade Secretary’s vision for new UK-USA trade agreement

WAG:  Brexit preparedness

PC&PE:  UK Government should put more focus on the Pacific Alliance

PC&PE:  Parliament needs a bigger role in scrutinising international agreements

B4B:  Why does the Establishment get it wrong?

B4B:  The new PM needs a credible Brexit negotiation strategy – he also needs conviction & commitment

B4B:  Time to Challenge the Brexit Narrative

B4B:  The Irish Government’s Brexit policy is in tatters and its bluff is now being called

B4B:  Europe is prepared for a No Deal: forget the scare stories

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