Editor’s choice of ICT items of note:

COVID-19: HMCTS use of technology for hearings

WITSA Calls for a Sensible Approach to Regaining Trust on the Internet

Virtual care platforms introduce new services to meet patient needs

COVID-19 and Data Centres

How Taiwan used tech to fight COVID-19

How to protect yourself from cybercrime


Data centre COVID-19 Risk Timeline

Defence Data Management Strategy Overview

NHS Case Study: Secure remote working rapidly deployed anywhere, on any device, anytime

In the wake of the coronavirus, remote working has changed from a 'nice-to-have' option to a critical business requirement

As specialist’s in remote working solutions, Altiatech can work with you to deliver and support rapid deployment, enabling your personnel to continue supporting you and their community while still working from home. We can get your organisation up and running within 1-day without compromising on security, requiring your staff to use a browser and nothing more. To help public sector organisations (e.g. NHS, councils) implement a secure work from home policy, we are is offering:

  • Rapid deployment – Up and running within 1-day*
  • 50% Off deployment charge.
  • 25% Discount on 24/7 support.

Find out more and download the full Worcester Acute Hospitals case study.

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

Response to the Financial Times article on ventilators

NHS to open two more new hospitals to fight coronavirus

New coronavirus smart test for Wales

NHS volunteer responders: 250,000 target smashed with three quarters of a million committing to volunteer

NHS frontline workers visas extended so they can focus on fighting coronavirus

NHS Confederation - Automatic NHS visa extensions a welcome step from Government

NICE publishes second set of rapid COVID-19 guidelines

NHS to benefit from £13.4 billion debt write-off

Smokers at greater risk of severe respiratory disease from COVID-19

“Angry, fed up, isolated”: Coronavirus and children’s mental health

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

100% rates relief for heavily-impacted sectors

Merger of retail investment software firms raises competition concerns

CBI comments on COP26 postponement

IEA - Government jobs scheme gives business “wrong incentives”

Chancellor strengthens support on offer for business as first government-backed loans reach firms in need

COVID-19: Cabinet Office request support from businesses

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

Infrastructure and climate change

Coronavirus guidance for animal owners

Appointment of the new Director General of the Security Service

COVID-19 Impact on Refugees is Also Political

Pandemics Present and Future: Coronavirus in Context

First meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee

Deferring Judgement – Whither the UK’s Integrated Review and Defence?

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick on COVID19 response

Enabling home working options in the public sector

Local authorities are using UPRNs to provide support for vulnerable people

Government announces new 10 year Public Sector Geospatial Agreement with Ordnance Survey

Digital Transformation of Public Procurement study: Results

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.

MSL Property Care Services Ltd

 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

Close UK-EU cooperation needed in financial services after Brexit

Please choose from the links below to view individual sections of interest:

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Our brand new 2020/21 Office Essentials catalogue has arrived
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