Editor’s choice of ICT items of note:

Podcast: Celebrating Black Excellence in Tech

Software Developer apprenticeships at the Home Office

ICO takes enforcement action against Experian after data broking investigation

Mobile firms to be banned from selling ‘locked’ handsets

Black women coders take a major new role in IT’s professional body

Five Principles for the Next UK Cyber Strategy

£29 million government funding to boost digital revolution and help keep people safe online

Technology Services 3 is now open for applications!

Northumberland County Council saves £3.8 million on new fibre network

In his recent blog (September 8th), Mark Smith, Head of PSN and Cyber Compliance at GDS, underlines the need to ‘significantly step up our efforts to support transition away from the PSN which could close down entirely as early as 2023.’ The estimated date when most organisations will exit the PSN by the end of March 2021.

This helpful e-Book (3-4 minute read) examines the key challenges of migration from PSN to the Cloud, from both Service Provider and Service Consumer perspectives.

Simply click here to download this indispensable guide on Secure PSN to Cloud Migration now.

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

New figures on detentions under the Mental Health Act in 2019-20 published yesterday

Largest COVID-19 antibody testing programme publishes findings on antibody response over time

FSA welcomes the outcome of the Hospital Food Review

Wrexham to support UK trial for COVID-19 vaccine

Putting staff well-being at the centre of the pandemic response

Guidance for Halloween 2020

NHS Confederation - HSIB report illustrates challenges of COVID-19 spread in hospitals

Test people with womb cancer for inherited genetic condition, NICE says in new guidance

Marine Management Organisation seeks evidence and views on new protections for English marine sites

LGA responds to government funding allocated for new homes for rough sleepers

Funding allocated for 3,300 new homes for rough sleepers

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

Facemask manufacturing facility launched by family business in Lancashire

Extra £10 million package to help protect jobs and those struggling financially

Retail sales fall back at sharpest pace since June - CBI

Konnichiwa! Newly appointed envoy introduces Welsh businesses to Japan in virtual visit

Economic Resilience Fund supports St Asaph automotive manufacturer

Looking ahead to the Climate Ambition Summit 2020
Editor’s choice of Policy & General items of note:

Supporting flagship cultural venues

CBI on Nottingham entering tier 3

Investigation into nine Metropolitan Police staff in Directorate of Professional Standards concludes

IFS - Ethnic minorities form a growing proportion of UK academic economists, though some remain heavily under-represented in the most prestigious institutions

LGA statement: Free school meals and hardship funding

Halloween and Bonfire Night

Unsettled end to October

How to establish momentum in your project kick-off

Needs of children and families have been forgotten in crisis response to pandemic, say IPPR and TUC

UK Space Agency: Budding space entrepreneurs wow industry experts

Kyrgyzstan's Protracted Political and Economic Crisis

Protections for working parents eligible for childcare support

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.



 More contributions to the Brexit process

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

Researched Links:

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GOV.UK Brexit Search

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