Editor’s choice of ICT items of note:

Statement in response to media enquiries about the Data Protection Impact Assessment for the NHSX’s trial of contact tracing app

GovTech Update April 2020

Broadband networks stand firm during pandemic

Ofcom confirm broadband networks stand firm during pandemic

New NAO report calls for investment to match digital NHS vision

Shared Services and Local Government: A Match Made In Heaven?

FINAL CALL:  Webinar – Tuesday 19th May 2020 11am-12pm

Shared Services have gone from an obscure project failing to achieve expected savings, to the hottest project in government. In fact, the LGA estimates that shared services have created over £1.34bn in efficiency savings from more than 600 partnerships.

During this webinar you’ll hear from Dr Randhir Auluck, Councillor, Coventry City Council who is discussing in depth just what Shared Services means to us today, as well as case studies of some of the most successful migrations in local government.

The webinar is free-to-attend for anyone working in the public sector, topics include:

  • What do shared services mean for local government?
  • How can shared services benefit your organisation?
  • The future of shared services: digital’s role in service provision

More information

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

Supporting Mental Health Awareness Week – raising awareness, encouraging conversations and showing a little kindness

CQC has made changes to Mental Health Act complaints process

'There is a real crisis in social care': The King's Fund responds to ONS data on social care staff mortality

NHS Confederation - Radical reform needed in social care as figures show raised staff death rates

Achieving real and lasting change: Director of Social Change recruitment

Statement by Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Frank Atherton on Coronavirus: Face Coverings

More nurses should be coronavirus legacy says NHS chief

£50 million for social care

Government expands expert team to rapidly roll out coronavirus test and trace programme

In the COVID-19 Era, Healthcare Should be Universal and Free

More nurses should be coronavirus legacy says NHS chief

JRF responds to NHS data on coronavirus in areas with high deprivation scores in Scotland

New partnership to sequence human genomes in fight against coronavirus

New plan published to Test, Trace and Protect in Wales

Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on people with a learning disability or autism

#ThisIsFostering: care leavers share how they #definecare virtually during lockdown

Kings Fund - Restarting health and care services will take many months, leading charities warn

Public told ‘act FAST’ as NHS uses artificial intelligence to speed up stroke care

Wales’ emergency departments are still open and here for those in urgent need

Alzheimer's Research UK - One in five people dying from COVID-19 have dementia, figures reveal

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

SME support doubles to £90m

ITIL 4 Specialist Create, Deliver and Support: optimizing work methods

The importance of maintaining good procurement practice

CBI responds to Bank of England Monetary Policy Report and Interim Financial Stability Report

Job Retention Scheme 2.0

NEPO Business Club: Wednesday Webinars (May/June)

New guidance launched to help get Brits safely back to work

CIPD says businesses should pass three tests before bringing their people back to work

CBI responds to Government publication of workplace safety guidance

CBI responds to Prime Minister's address on Covid-19 and economic restart

CBI responds to the NI Executive COVID lockdown announcement

GDP reaction: Job Guarantee Scheme needed to help restore economy - TUC

Cultural transformation – vital for business and digital transformation success

UK Government to extend and increase flexibility of furlough scheme

TUC – extension of job retention scheme is “a relief” for working families

Struggling business customers must not miss out on water bill support

Applications for Self-Employment Income Support Scheme open early

Housing market to reopen

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

Scientists improve our understanding of the way that stars evolve

Government launches new portal for care homes to arrange coronavirus testing

LGA responds to ONS figues on social care worker coronavirus deaths

‘Workers deserve certainty but there can be no going back to normal’ says TUC North West

Transport update: A38 Derby Junctions Development Consent Order

Active travel investment welcomed

BBC presenter Dr Hannah Fry to open APM’s virtual Power of Projects Takeover

TfL announces plan to help London travel safely and sustainably

Using UPRNs to engage with landlords and improve the quality of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)

JAG(UK) supporting the industry through Covid 19 and beyond

Flexible and remote working: how is Liverpool City Council managing during the Covid-19 crisis?

Response to steps taken to relieve councils of certain duties to children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

Extra support for charities

Funding to support armed forces charities doing vital work during pandemic

The definitive guide to measuring benefits

Complaints raised about Islamophobia in the Conservative Party

Chancellor extends furlough scheme until October

Business Secretary's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 12 May 2020

Working safely during coronavirus - new UK Government guidance

Decontaminating your organisation – response to coronavirus

Housing Secretary sets out plan to re-start housing market

Four new Cabinet Office Non-Executive Board Members appointed

Today in politics: Housing market reopens, plus questions on council tax, repossessions and new coronavirus report

Coronavirus: Nigeria’s ‘Fiscal Flu’

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.

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 More contributions to the Brexit process

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GOV.UK Brexit Search

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Data protection and coronavirus information hub
Our information hub will help individuals and organisations navigate data protection during this unprecedented time. 

Blog: Information Commissioner sets out new priorities for UK data protection during COVID-19 and beyond
Last month, as the ICO set out its regulatory approach during the COVID-19 pandemic, I spoke of the importance of regulators applying their authority within the larger social and economic situation.

Blog: Combatting COVID-19 through data: some considerations for privacy
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