Editor’s choice of ICT items of note:

G7 data protection and privacy authorities’ meeting: communiqué

UK launches data reform to boost innovation, economic growth and protect the public

UK and US cyber security leaders meet to discuss shared threats and opportunities

National Coding Week

Thanet District Council saves £90,000 with single sign-on solution

Thanet District Council saves £90,000 with Identity and Access Management Solution.

When the pandemic hit, Thanet was better prepared than many local government organisations for working from home, as it was already using cloud-based platforms for much of its work, but with 90 applications in use and the need to integrate with shared HR and ICT platforms, there was still a lot of friction for workers.

The solution lay with a fully-featured Identity and Access Management platform:

  • 400 employees able to work remotely during the pandemic
  • More than 70 applications now accessed in seconds with Single Sign-On
  • ​MFA prompts reduced from 3,333 to 113 hours a year saving £90,000 in resourcing

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

£48m COVID recovery fund to support social care in Wales

Stats summary: MHCLG’s latest homelessness statistics for 2020-2021

Funding for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

JCVI issues updated advice on COVID-19 booster vaccination

Most vulnerable to be offered COVID-19 booster vaccines from next week

LGA responds to Unison survey on social care vacancy rates and staff mental health

More people report a ‘very good’ overall experience of urgent and emergency care, but access to emotional support and timely pain relief both areas for improvement

Records check for women excluded from cervical screening programme

‘We are committed to improving community access to defibrillators to boost cardiac arrest survival rates,' vows Health Minister

Homeless Health Consortium launched

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

Government lacks clear strategy on UK-China trade and security relationship

Biggest ever renewable energy support scheme backed by additional £265 million

MOD awards £3.8-million contract for advanced base protection system

UK Shipping Concierge service launched to support and guide maritime businesses into the UK

Higher business taxes & lower business investment are not a plan for growth - CBI Chief

Five UK companies have progressed through to the next phase of a £5.5 million radioactive waste segregation competition.

More businesses to offer apprenticeships

Government backs entrepreneurs across the UK with £600 million of Start Up Loans outside London

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

Funding boost for councils as new Afghan resettlement plans set out

Embrace free trade to drive the levelling-up agenda

Defence Secretary announces launch of National Shipbuilding Office

Ofsted launches updated guidance for summary evaluations of multi-academy trusts

LGA: Pandemic recovery could bring £51 billion a year boost to rural and coastal economy

Bedfordshire police officer on trial over driving offence

Supporting children in the justice system

Government sets out pragmatic new timetable for introducing border controls

LGA responds to COVID-19 vaccination for 12-15 year olds

Ofwat backs innovation to find new and sustainable ways to keep the taps running

Why new developments must take account of needs of local emergency services

Scottish Government Workforce Statistics June 2021

Support to help increase Welsh language use following the pandemic

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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