Editor’s choice of ICT items of note:

Making active choices in online environments

Growing our digital economy

The Government’s new International Data Transfers Expert Council

Record number of teenagers sign up to develop cyber skills over summer


The ongoing issues from COVID-19 are continuing to cause an increase in vulnerability which CTSI will explore in its 2021 Symposium Plenary – Unprecedented Times: Consumer vulnerability in a changing world.

With new challenges for regulators, we want to hear about your experiences of working throughout the pandemic, your views about the future and how CTSI can help.

The Trading Standards COVID-19 Survey is designed to understand how the trading standards profession has been impacted by COVID-19 and how this will reflect the role in tackling these vulnerabilities.

Find out more and take our short survey now

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

Mum gives birth to baby one year on from “miracle” NHS treatment

82 testing providers to be issued warnings over misleading prices

IPPR - Home care postcode lottery: 80,000 care home residents could be receiving social care in their own homes

Guidance on integrated care boards brings clarity

Public health minister updates parliament on cervical screening

Removal of NHS dental charges for all young people

UK signs deal with Pfizer/BioNTech for 35 million vaccines

Lifesaving hepatitis C treatment for children on the NHS

Hospital PFI car parks in Glasgow and Dundee bought out

Nationwide roll-out of NHS high street heart checks to save thousands of lives
Editor’s choice of Business / Commercial items of note:

Local food strategy consultation launched

CMA finds competition concerns with NVIDIA’s purchase of Arm

Procurement reform in Wales

Investing in the tourism sector

Boost for British shoppers and exporters from UK-New Zealand trade deal

Manufacturing output growth eases, while stock adequacy hits new record low - CBI

Retail sails and orders growth soar but supply issues mount - CBI

PM announces new Trade Envoys to boost British business around the world

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

£4 million funding to boost UK biomass production

Businesses given more time to apply new product safety marking

Welsh Government further extends measures to protect businesses from eviction
Editor’s choice of Policy & General items of note:

Government and charities highlight veterans support, in light of situation in Afghanistan

Statement on DCMS announcement of next Information Commissioner

Back to school campaign launches

Cotswold council criticised for poor tax relief response

Government department champions new support for victims of domestic abuse

UK unveils post-Brexit global data plans to boost growth, increase trade and improve healthcare

Embedding race equality in schools

JRF - Over 400 constituencies are set to see over 1 in 3 working-age families with children hit by the cut to Universal Credit

DCMS announces post-Brexit data reform plans and preference for the next Information Commissioner

Ofcom statement on Stonewall’s Diversity Champions

National Lottery funding helps Scottish community groups begin COVID-19 recovery journey

Delivering a new future for rural Scotland

Flagship housing scheme hits the market in the north east
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.

Nick Bettes Consulting


 More contributions to the Brexit process

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

Researched Links:

GOV. UK – Brexit

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GOV.UK Brexit Search

Please choose from the links below to view individual sections of interest:

Find out about your obligations and how to comply, including protecting personal information and providing access to official information.


Blog: As the Children’s code comes in – what’s next?
The transition year is up and the Children’s code comes fully into force on 2 September. It’s a ground breaking code that creates a better internet for children by ensuring online services likely to be accessed by children, respect a child’s rights and freedoms when using their personal data.

Statement on DCMS announcement of next Information Commissioner
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has today announced that John Edwards is the Government's preferred nominee to be the next Information Commissioner

ICO fines company for illegal pensions calls
The ICO has fined Halifax-based company Parkin Beacher Ltd (PBL) £50,000 for making illegal marketing calls to people about their pensions.

Blog: Call for views: data protection and employment practices
Anulka Clarke, ICO Acting Director of Regulatory Assurance introduces our call for views in this blog as we look to update our Employment Practices guidance.

Meet the Commissioner
For the Public

Your right to get copies of your data

Your right to get your data deleted

Your right to data portability