Editor’s choice of other ICT items of note:

CAN Awards 2022: Recognising cyber security excellence

‘Cyberflashing’ to become a criminal offence

Nation of digital defenders blow the whistle on over 10 million suspect emails

How new satellite technology could unlock broadband for remote homes

Our response to latest Parker Review data

Homeless Link to take over the management of the homelessness database CHAIN

Audit Scotland - Data gap limits analysis of Covid-19 business support


We're holding our second webinar for public sector procurement professionals!

This next instalment of our Progressive Procurement series has taken into account the amazing feedback we received from our previous attendees. With 44% of respondents stating that they feel that buyer-supplier relationships have not changed or worsened since COVID-19, we wanted to highlight the barriers that buyers face.

Book your free seat at  'Progressive Procurement: How public sector buyers overcome supplier barriers', held on Thursday 24th March, 11am until 12noon:  Find out more and register

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

Overall cancer mortality decreases during the pandemic, but inequalities widen for some cancers

Ukrainian refugee children to begin lifesaving NHS cancer care

Call for evidence to support people with acquired brain injuries

NHS booster bookings open for most vulnerable 12 to 15 year olds

Ukrainian children brought to England for cancer treatment

Life-extending injection for blood cancer available on the NHS

Two thirds of carers do not see lower standards of care during the COVID-19 crisis as acceptable

NHS Confederation - Worrying rise in NHS staff absences due to increasing COVID case rates

NHS Confederation responds to COVID-19 inquiry terms of reference

NHS Confederation - Lords right to say policymaking for mental health should take the long-term approach

NHS Digital data to help researchers understand the impact of COVID-19 on cancer

Ukrainians fleeing war granted free access to NHS healthcare

Ukrainian refugee children to begin lifesaving NHS cancer care

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

Economy Minister announces major package of support to help Welsh businesses export globally

Government scheme that protected millions of jobs with £38 billion of support lent to businesses closes today

Report highlights scale and speed of Covid business support

Businesses to benefit from extension to plug-in van and truck grants

£22 million Welsh Government funding to support Theatr Clwyd redevelopment

UK Space Agency - New space funding paves the way for pioneering approaches to energy, communication and resources

Cultural Investment Fund: £48 million invested across England

FCA to consult on use of 'side pockets' for retail funds with exposure to sanctioned and suspended Russian assets

Learning Gathered from Immigration Advice for Rough Sleepers Fund

Over £1.3m awarded from Dormant Accounts Fund NI

Shadow Climate Change Minister commends National Lottery-funded community climate action in Sheffield’s Whirlow Brook Park

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

TUC - Energy bills set to rise at least 14 times faster than wages in 2022

CTSI urges consumers to watch out for online scams on World Consumer Rights Day

Outdoor civil weddings and civil partnerships made permanent

Ringing the changes – capturing consumer experience within our inflation statistics

Scammers targeting Self Assessment customers, HMRC warns

UK announces new economic sanctions against Russia

Misconduct found following death of moped rider after pursuit

‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme launches

How to handle on-team conflict and negative work environments when working remotely

CMA launches investigation into recycling of cars and vans

Scotland’s Carbon Footprint: 1998-2018

Making the move from science graduate to project manager

Work to reduce flood risk in Bishopthorpe now complete

Increase in social security benefits

Support for Ukrainians

NCA renews appeal to maritime industry over criminal targeting

Agencies work together in day of action in Newcastle-under-Lyme

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.

Maryanne Johnston Ltd


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