Editor’s choice of other ICT items of note:

ICO Deputy Commissioner appointed OECD working party chair

NCSC offers shoppers advice ahead of Black Friday online sales rush

BCS:  Who owns the Web: BCS Welcomes Contract for Web - Launched by Sir Tim Berners-Lee


The 8th Annual Public Sector ICT Summit, 24th March 2020, 09:30-16:30, Central London

Bringing together the latest innovations in digital transformation from across the public sector, this summit is the place to learn, share and discuss what’s been achieved so far and what is next for the public sector.

Key topics for 2020 include:

  • Leading the change: Creating, engaging and developing a more inclusive organisation
  • Sustainable services from the top down: Harnessing technology for a greener organisation
  • Not afraid to fail: Tackling a culture of risk-averse ideas
Editor’s choice of other Health, Social care & Homelessness related items of note:

DHSC:  PHE & NHS England urge eligible people to get free flu vaccine

NHS Digital publishes detailed picture of mental health in England

ScotGov:  Models of Multidisciplinary Working – an International Review

WAG awards £1.5m for new Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales

Innovation Agency:  Award for linking Aintree hospital with Community pharmacies

HL:  Specialist housing – a lifeline for survivors of abuse

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

BEIS:  Barrnon and Wood move to next stage of innovation competition

WAG:  Commission unveils priorities for next year as it develops a future infrastructure plan for Wales

ScotGov:  Women in agriculture

WAG:  eProcurement tools: contract award update November 2019

RLA:  HMRC guidance on avoiding self-assessment tax scams

NIESR: Hiking minimum wage too fast may undermine policy’s success

NCFE:  How to interview like a pro

FCA to ban promotion of speculative mini-bonds to retail consumers

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.

Curatrix Technologies Limited

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

LGA responds to latest domestic abuse figures

ESRC:  UK Climate Resilience town hall meeting - Supporting the AHRC-led call on Living with Uncertainty

TfL:  Uber London Limited found to be not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence

Sport England:  Updates From Our Accelerator Startups

Unicef:  Over 300 children & adolescents die every day from AIDS-related causes

DIFD:  UK medics fight deadly measles outbreak in Samoa

ScotGov:  Pet-friendly accommodation services

WAG:  66 active travel projects to benefit from £14.5m of funding

ScotGov:  Code of Practice on the Exercise by Proper Persons of functions conferred by Chapter 3 of Part 8 of the Proceeds of Crme Act 2002

RUSI:  Britain, Estonia and the Wider North

Chatham House:  Tackling Toxic Air Pollution in Cities

The European Parliament declares climate emergency


 More contributions to the Brexit process

Still a ‘hot topic’, with widely spread views:

Researched Links:

GOV. UK – Brexit

Latest Documents

GOV.UK Brexit Search

How to prepare if the UK leaves the EU with no deal

OE: What would a ‘No Deal’ after the transition period look like?  

OE: What do the parties’ election manifestos say about Brexit?

OE Weekly Briefing: Spotlight on trade deals as manifestos published

B4B:  The People’s Vote mess

B4B:  News from the Front: The Big Push is On

B4B:  Don’t be fooled: a ‘bare bones’ free trade deal is exactly what the UK wants

B4B:  Will the EU Form Its Own Army


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