Editor’s choice of ICT items of note:

IT Early Career professionals to get more support from BCS

Changes announced for the government DDaT senior leadership

Putting start-ups at heart of recovery

Benefit from our collective technology buying power

Diversity in Tech – The Awkward Conversation

Virtual events – a new reality

Ministers call on councils to help deliver digital connectivity ambitions

Government urges councils to help deliver digital connectivity targets

£500,000 technology boost for Cardiff Council creative industry plans

On-Demand Accessibility Deadline Webinar: Are You Prepared for September 23rd?

By September 23rd 2020 all Public Sector websites must be WCAG 2.1 AA compliant in order to meet The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Comms, HR and IT professionals are all racing to ensure that the deadline is met.

On July 29th 2020, Invotra Consulting hosted an accessibility Q&A with expert Léonie Watson offering Public Sector professionals advice and guidance in meeting the WCAG 2.1 AA requirements.

Now available on-demand, the session provided advice, support and guidance on PDFs, links, best practices, accessibility statements, audits and information about the regulations.

Watch the webinar recording

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

Veterans UK looking for new ways to help ease the pressure on the National Health Service and continue processing claims safely

Health and care inspections should not resume until after winter – NHS Confederation

New electronic discharge summaries save the NHS time and admin costs

12-minute COVID tests

Government funding for St Basils' youth homelessness programme

More GP practices and community pharmacies go live with electronic notifications for urgent supply of medicines

New payment for people self-isolating in highest risk areas

New figures on patients seen by dentists show changes during closure period

The Grange hospital to open four months early

Homelessness statistics

NHS Digital publishes NHS Payments to General Practice, England, 2019/20 report

British Gas makes payments totalling £1.73 million for handling of changes to prepayment meter top-up arrangements

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

Government invests £37 million to address the UK’s productivity puzzle

Best and worst telecoms customer service revealed

Business Wales can help says Economy Minister

Tackling the sustainability agenda in construction and building assets: why the public sector should be thinking ‘modular first’

CIPD - Fifth of businesses don’t offer proactive support to employees for drug and alcohol misuse

Liz Truss brings key industries closer to trade negotiations

‘New ways of traveling’ – top tips for safe business travel

July 2020 Price Paid Data

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

Ofsted statement on new Ofqual board committee

Over 64 million meals claimed for as Eat Out to Help Out enters fourth week

Financial Services Programme | Summer regulatory round-up

Increasing capacity and accessibility of testing

Rohingya children bearing brunt of Coronavirus disruptions in Bangladesh refugee camps as education facilities remain closed – UNICEF

IOPC expands investigation after further evidence exposes more possible misconduct

Wild polio wiped out in Africa with UK aid support

Ferguson ferries update

Update on face coverings in schools

Economic Resilience Fund provides critical support to UK’s leading supplier of bakery equipment

Construction materials deal raises competition concerns

Family court process to be more child friendly

Growth in Scotland’s revenues

NCA launches investigation after Gatwick cocaine seizures

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.

A&S Design Associates Ltd

 More contributions to the Brexit process

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

Researched Links:

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