Editor’s choice of ICT items of note:

Schools offered free cyber defence tools to help keep out attackers

NCSC and allies publish advisory on the most commonly exploited vulnerabilities in 2021

Gender diversity in cyber security group to meet as Lloyds commits to initiative

First meeting of new Data Analytics & AI Committee

Digitising Justice: Putting data at the centre

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

One million families with five and six-year-olds invited for COVID jabs this week

Maggie Keenan among millions given NHS spring COVID booster

Homeless Link labels new statistics showing a huge rise in private evictions as “very worrying”

Additional information on GP appointments added to monthly statistics publications

Homeless Link releases a new animation introducing a Strengths-based Approach

Living with COVID-19 in the homelessness sector

Reformed National Clinical Impact Awards open for applications

Health and Care Bill granted Royal Assent in milestone for healthcare recovery and reform

New awards celebrate health and care innovation!

Public Health Scotland - Working with the police to improve public health: expansion of digital learning hub

NHS Confederation and IPPR partner for major review of health, places and prosperity

NHS Confederation - NI Health and Social Care Confederation publish election manifesto and call for support

Animal health and welfare bills receive Royal Assent

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

SFO Steps Up Investigation into Gupta Businesses

Future for business & government must feature fintech to fuel growth

techUK joins UK-US Trade Dialogue in Aberdeen

UK announces new trade measures to support Ukraine

Anne-Marie Trevelyan backtracks on trade deal scrutiny

UK kickstarts work on new trade deal with Switzerland

Joint statement on UK-U.S. dialogue on future of Atlantic trade in Aberdeen

Retail sales continue to disappoint in April - CBI monthly Distributive Trades Survey

US trade delivering for Scotland as Aberdeen hosts second transatlantic dialogue

International Trade Secretary speech at City Week 2022

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

Children’s language and literacy project to be expanded

Joint statement of the Financial Provisions Specialised Committee - 27 April 2022

The war in Ukraine and issues for local authorities: our letters to local government

PM meeting with the President of Guyana: 27 April 2022

Licensing hours extended to mark Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Tender opportunity: NEPO214 Grounds Maintenance Equipment and Plant

Sir Patrick Vallance highlights the ‘trusted’ voices of climate science

Man charged over £4.5 million Harpenden drug seizure

Indiana-UK MOU: Mordaunt-Holcomb meeting, 27 April

Indiana-UK: Mordaunt-Holcomb meeting, 27 April

Government adds women’s international football tournaments to listed events regime

Managed move of claimants to Universal Credit set to restart

Higher inflation can still be good for the public finances, says IEA economist

techUK’s new Cloud Leadership Committee meets

Credit Where It’s Due: Launching our campaign

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