Editor’s choice of ICT items of note:

New high-tech 5G lab to boost network security and resilience

EU Cybersecurity: Commission proposes a Joint Cyber Unit to step up response to large-scale security incidents

Remarks by Vice-President Schinas at the press conference on the Recommendation on building a Joint Cyber Unit

Ireland and UK partnership key in countering cyber threats

White-Paper: Continuity and confidence - how to accelerate the delivery of digital citizen services

Government is putting increased focus on the impact public sector organisations have on people’s lives – from helping them access vital services with speed and simplicity to supporting economic growth and community renewal.

As highlighted in the 2020 Spending Review, demonstrable value for citizens is at the heart of the government’s plans for the public sector, with an emphasis on gaining even greater benefits from the established Public Value Framework.

This white paper explores the Public Value Framework, its relationship with GDS processes and recent Treasury guidance, which explicitly unites both in a more effective and faster method for agile delivery, offering a four-step model for how you can use the new guidance to create more robust and resilient public-facing digital projects that deliver services that satisfy citizen needs.

4 Steps to maximising the Public Value Framework

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

Supporting young people’s mental health

Funding boost for young people’s mental health services

Data strategy to support delivery of patient centred care

Hidden dangers of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill

NHSX publishes data strategy for health and social care

£64 million funding to back UK-wide plan to strengthen clinical research delivery

£2.6m National Lottery funding to improve health and wellbeing for people across Northern Ireland as we recover from the pandemic

Care for people with a learning disability during the pandemic

NHS Confederation - Containing the virus is vital – the vaccine is the way out

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

UK economy back to pre-covid level by end of year

IFS - Response to latest ONS public sector finances data

Selection Questionnaire: NEPO221 Demolition and Asbestos Removal Works

Manufacturing output grows at record pace - CBI monthly Industrial Trends Survey

Wales TUC: Wales must lead fight against law-breaking bosses

Foreign investment boosts UK jobs during pandemic

IFG - UK government must overhaul its approach to the UK internal market

CBI Scotland responds to Covid economic reopening plan

Rise in number of Welsh Food and Drink businesses looking to export

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

Devon farmer sows historically important fields, reaps £31,500 bill

Fireworks and Pyrotechnics Bill

Flexible season tickets on sale, saving hundreds of pounds for rail passengers

Making the city of Dubai work for the citizen with location data

PRINCE2 principles for IT project management

Happy World Humanist Day

“Young Person’s Guarantee will help ensure there’s no lost generation in Wales”, Vaughan Gething

Kick out the ‘grow a pair’ culture in local politics, says Jackie Weaver

Collections unite to celebrate Central Office of Information

Nation pays tribute to the Windrush Generation

Domestic abuse recorded by the police in Scotland, 2019-20

Infrastructure investments to boost UK research and innovation

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.

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