Editor’s choice of ICT items of note:

Artificial intelligence and automation for the public sector

Beyond COVID-19: Five key actions to accelerate digital transformation

No more reasons for cyber security vulnerabilities in councils

AI for Energy report outlines opportunities for applying AI in the energy sector

Data Protection Practitioners’ Conference 2021

Leading figures from UK politics to appear at CYBERUK

Using technology, data and insight to create a new customer experience across local government

X marks the spot - or does it?

The power of big data in understanding & shaping community development

New cyber security training package launched for charities and small businesses

Adopting a citizen led approach to reinventing service delivery through artificial intelligence and robotics


With the PSN no longer fit for purpose, the latest indication from GDS is that it could close down as early as 2023.

This is an ambitious target which affects all users of the PSN and anything or anyone connected to it, but is certainly not impossible if action is taken now. Public sector organisations have been mandated to migrate to modern network solutions which offer more competitive commercial terms, increased security and greater flexibility, in order to achieve the transition away from the PSN.

This insightful ebook explores what the latest guidelines from GDS mean for public sector organisations and why there’s a need for urgency. It also looks at the next steps needed to start the transition journey and how to overcome any challenges that lie ahead in the path to cloud adoption and digital transformation.

Simply click here to download the ebook now.

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

Dozens of unborn babies receive op on NHS to stop paralysis

More women urged to come forward to shape women's health strategy

50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in UK

NICE announces more people eligible for nusinersen following review of Managed Access Agreement

COVID-19 in schools: study shows drop in infections

3D heart scans on the NHS to speed up disease diagnosis

Change the law now to ensure end to blanket bans on care home visits, urges Joint Committee

New cutting-edge testing centre to fast-track COVID-19 variant vaccines

NHS Confederation - COVID-19 and the female health and care workforce survey update

NHS Confederation - Female health and care staff report deteriorating health because of COVID 19

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

Proposed ban on zero-hours contracts “completely the wrong move”, says IEA expert

Negotiations on the UK's Future Trading Relationship with New Zealand: Update

Prime Minister announces £1 billion of new UK-India trade

Tender Opportunity: NEPO411 Furniture

Join our free HR webinar event - Day 1 (20th May)

UK and India sign ground-breaking partnership migration deal

Worried about doing business in China? Perhaps "PPE" is the answer

SME manufacturer optimism bounces back, as growth expectations ramp up - SME Trends Survey

HMRC advises businesses importing goods from Europe

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

GDP Quarterly National Accounts for 2020 Quarter 4

Evaluation of Property Flood Resilience (PFR) grant scheme

Working together on climate adaptation

Turning ambition into action for adaptation to the effects of climate change ahead of COP26

Birmingham City Council urged to delay implementation of the Clean Air Zone due to impact on cultural workers

Dr Ruth Hussey is appointed interim Chair for a further two months

Is the new Arab alliance too good to be true?

GCS launches new Development Award

Aman-21 Naval Exercise: Evidence of Pakistan Turning the Tide on Terrorism

Transport Secretary meets with G7 leaders to plan for the safe return to international travel

Wales TUC: Workers want a government that will fight for fairness

Faith and Belief in the Civil Service – reflections from the new Champion

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.

Griffin House Consultancy Limited


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