Editor’s choice of ICT items of note:

Campaign to help online Christmas shoppers fight festive fraud

Public urged to help combat scam mail

techUK launches new reports on how to strengthen local digital capital across the UK to support levelling-up

Government Data Quality Hub publishes new data quality framework

techUK leads industry call to tackle Digital Capital gap

Government launches review to ensure gambling laws are fit for digital age

Plans by tech giants for more encrypted messaging risks greater child exploitation and abuse

New partnership programme to help financial institutions digitise

Digital Services at the Border

Comparing your Digital Ethics ratings to your competitors - Part I

Comparing your Digital Ethics ratings to your Competitors – Part II

Guest blog: Cloud trends of 2021


With the recently announced agreement between NHS Digital, NHSX and Microsoft set to save the NHS hundreds of millions of pounds, all eligible NHS and healthcare organisations are now looking to optimise the significant cost savings, improved productivity, enhanced collaboration and strengthened cyber security exclusively available to them by the deal.

This lastest case study details how NHS Arden and GEM (AGEM), supporting 1500 users across 60 CCGs, NHS England, provider trusts and local authorities, recently met the significant challenge of manually migrating from a disparate legacy position to one integrated, intelligent solution.

“Without the solution, the financial data we moved would still be sitting on a server that was barely working” Chris Reynolds, Head of Innovation and Product Development, AGEM.

Click here to find out more download and the AGEM case study, along with reminder detail of the landmark agreement between NHS Digital, NHSX and Microsoft.

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

COVID-19 vaccine roll-out begins in Wales

Bradford: using the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health

Landmark moment as first NHS patient receives COVID-19 vaccination

Detecting online child sexual abuse requires strong safeguards

Have your say on social value

Designated settings for COVID-19 patients leaving hospital

Latest statistics on smoking released

Funding awarded to help more people in Wales tackle rising cases of domestic abuse

NHS Confederation - Rising Coronavirus cases affect our capacity to treat other significant health issues

New statistical reports relating to adult social care published today
Editor’s choice of Business / Commercial items of note:

Government's Vaccines Taskforce has worked "decisively" and at "great pace" to improve UK's pandemic preparedness

New solution: HGV & Specialist Vehicles Acquisition

UK and Kenya sign trade agreement

Project management skills for business analysts

Business evictions ban extended until March

Companies House: Government launches consultations to crack down on company fraud and improve corporate transparency

UK strikes Singapore and Vietnam trade deals, start of new era of trade with Asia

UK and Canada sign trade agreement

CBI Scotland responds to additional COVID-19 business support

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

Regulatory action taken against former manager and trustee of Birmingham rehabilitation charity

LGA responds to survey calling for improvements to housing for older people

Climate change in your area

Agile project management for 2021 and beyond

Update on Port of Holyhead contingency plans as EU deadline approaches

GDS turns 9

Multiple agencies investigate damage to the river Lugg

Russia’s Port Sudan Naval Base: A Power Play on the Red Sea

How can hydrogen contribute to Net Zero? MPs launch inquiry

Coronavirus: UNICEF warns of continued damage to learning and well-being as number of children affected by school closures soars again

UK communities supported through turbulent 2020, thanks to £650 million of National Lottery funding

Preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls

Road to Zero in sight as green number plates introduced on UK roads
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.

Acuity Business Solutions


 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

Welsh Secretary holds events to prepare for end of EU Transition

Customer guide to the Find a Tender Service – get ready for EU Transition

Withdrawal Agreement Update

Resilience in the face of Brexit

Statement on UK-EU negotiations: 9 December 2020


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Andrew Cullinane introduces a new scheme in which the Civil Service partners with industry to give volunteers currently furloughed from their jobs in the private sector the opportunity to work in government and support the delivery of public services.

Supporting each other during unprecedented times
In light of recent events, Civil Service Race Champion Richard Heaton considers how far we still have to go to be truly diverse and inclusive.
Making caring visible – an update on implementing the Carers Strategy
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The pandemic benchmarking test for mental health and wellbeing
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Championing mental health and wellbeing through the pandemic
Championing mental health and wellbeing through the pandemic
In Mental Health Awareness Week, Government Chief People Office Rupert McNeil introduces a virtual wellbeing and leadership learning package on how to manage through a crisis and work towards a common goal.