Editor’s choice of ICT items of note:

Construction starts at Manchester government hub as ‘cyber corridor’ plans accelerate

UK leads Western Europe's largest cyber warfare exercise

Minister of State announces UKG investment for NI’s Cyber Security industry

Full fibre to reach half of homes, as competition drives better broadband

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

Maternity services at King's Mill Hospital remain rated as good following CQC inspection

NHS website sees demand for burns advice almost double on Pancake Day

NICE recommends 3 treatments for COVID-19 in final draft guidance

People in Wales help others to protect and improve their own mental well-being

Leeds Health and Social Care Hub launches to improve outcomes across the region

New figures show NHS workforce most diverse it has ever been

Improved system of organ use to save lives

Hundreds of thousands of women experiencing menopause symptoms to get cheaper Hormone Replacement Therapy

NHS cuts elective backlog with longest waiters down a quarter in one month

Audit Wales - Urgent action needed to tackle dysfunctionality within the board at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

BBC presenter to host celebration of health achievements

Mental health and policing
Editor’s choice of Business / Commercial items of note:

HMRC reminds businesses about new VAT penalties and interest payments

Retail sales growth stalls ahead of expected drop next month - CBI Quarterly Distributive Trades Survey

Bus funding extended after council warnings – LGA on cash extension

‘Protecting most vulnerable is crucial’: LGA responds to Household Support Fund

City fund managers sentenced to 12 years for $8m fraud

Funding to help nature projects grow

UPDATE: Three city workers sentenced in a $8.45m hedge and wealth fund fraud

£56 million of public and industry funding electrifies chargepoint plans across the country

The King's Fund responds to the updated ONS data on changes in Covid-19 mortality
Editor’s choice of Policy & General items of note:

Merseyside Police officer under investigation following death of Rachael Moore in Liverpool

LGA: Expand free school meals to save nearly £500 per pupil for under-pressure families

Scottish Parliament refuses consent for Retained EU Law Bill

Concerns over trial arraignment leads to case being referred by the CCRC

Wales sea-ing a big boost in cruise calls in 2023

The Queen Consort, joined by The King, celebrates The Queen's Reading Room with members of the literary community

Chief Constable tribute

David Rossington appointed Interim Commissioner for the Gambling Commission

North West group arrested in suspected property fraud where victims lost life savings

Key role for GAD at climate conference

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland sets the NI Regional Rate

Schools will need help to cope with AI-generated homework, computing teachers warn
SME Supplier Locator update...

With the officially stated target and ongoing drive for SME’s to receive £1 of every £3 spent on government contracts, UK public sector spend with SME’s is continually on the increase.

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.

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