Editor’s choice of ICT items of note:

Wales ‘led the way’ in providing IT and online learning to pupils at home throughout pandemic

Introduction to data, automation and artificial intelligence

LGA Digital Connectivity applications now open

The EU Tiptoes into Cyber Sanctions Regimes

The next generation of NHS innovation - embracing the digital revolution


FREE Online Webinar with Microsoft and ICS.AI | 21st October 2020 | 15:00-16:00PM

A recent survey demonstrated 25% of UK council’s plan to use AI powered citizen assistants to drive digital engagement. Such technology has the potential to make annual cost savings of >£1m as well as improving services by offering 24/7 access and facilitating the new normal of remote engagement using tools such as video, live chat, voice and AI Assistants.

At this webinarICS.AI will be demonstrating their Omni-channel Citizen Engagement platform powered by Microsoft’s AI, combining state of the art natural language processing with detailed prebuilt knowledge bases and engineered to work seamlessly with Microsoft Teams.

During the 1-hour session, you will see how our platform can help to increase both citizen engagement and satisfaction, as well as answering their questions 24 hours a day.

Click here to find out more.

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

Rough sleepers to be helped to keep safe this winter

Operating principles for commissioners and providers of night shelters for people experiencing rough sleeping

Coronavirus (COVID-19): mental health tracker study - wave 1 report

Evidence for HTA: Innovative methods for challenging times

Clinically extremely vulnerable receive updated advice tailored to local COVID alert levels

Incentives to attract new Biology teachers as 50% more future secondary teachers accept training places

Kent Police officer dismissed following gross misconduct hearing over inappropriate relationship

The next generation of NHS innovation - embracing the digital revolution

NHS Confederation - Mortality figures ‘stark reminder’ of escalating COVID-19 second wave

Coronavirus update on areas in local COVID alert levels
Editor’s choice of Business / Commercial items of note:

Developing new battery technologies: apply for business funding

Job Support Scheme expanded to firms required to close due to Covid Restrictions

Protecting jobs and businesses

Improve a business with new skills: apply for funding

Business Secretary urges businesses to prepare for the end of the transition period

East West Insurance Company Ltd enters administration

Taking agri-tech skills to Africa: apply for funding

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

Inspirational teacher receives record breaking number of nominations in prestigious awards

WTO General Council: item 8: procedural guidelines on WTO councils addressing trade concerns

Prime Minister appoints additional Grenfell Tower Inquiry panel member for Phase 2 hearings

Written Ministerial Statement: 19 October meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee

Labour market statistics “nothing to be complacent about,” says IEA expert

LGA responds to education secretary's speech on adoption

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Route Map - supporting evidence for the 22 September review

1 million pensioners to benefit from £140 winter bill discount

Milestone for runway works at RAF Lossiemouth as aircraft return

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:

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