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Welsh Government Cloud Seminar: Cardiff Thursday 2nd May 12pm-5pm. Register here

Join us to hear from Gavin James and Alex Fray, key consultants for the Welsh Government, on how they modernised their published desktop experience with a scalable cloud solution that reduced operational costs and minimised asset depreciation.

With increased pressure for the public sector IT workforce to be productive, this session will help you understand:

  • How the Welsh Government modernised their published desktop experience.
  • Why Citrix Cloud is the most flexible way to manage apps, desktops and data
  • How to run all your workloads from the same secure, trusted cloud platform, with Microsoft Azure

Limited to 40 places click here to discover more and secure your place at this free event.

  
Editor’s choice of other ICT items of note:

techUK:  EC takes forward expert group’s AI guidelines

ICO Blog: Data Protection law does not prevent information sharing to save lives and stop crime

Facebook changes its terms & clarify its use of data for consumers

ESAs publish Joint Advice on ICT risk management & cybersecurity

NCSC:  GCHQ cyber courses recognised by qualification board

AXELOS:  How to be comfortable with feeling uncomfortable

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

DHSC:  NHS-funded nursing care rate announced for 2019 to 2020

DHSC:  New tools to help health professionals boost prevention impact

NHS England:  Last chance to put forward health & care heroes for NHS awards

UK Space Agency - Stargazing technology used to spot cancer

RoSPA:  New advice available on transporting premature & low birth weight babies

NICE encourages use of greener asthma inhalers

WAG:  People in residential care can now keep even more money in Wales – almost double the rest of the UK

 
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:

Halkin Products

Click here to find out more.

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

NIC:  Infrastructure and inclusivity

Defra:  Consultation on new proposals to boost security for tenanted farmers

MHCLG:  Housing Minister unveils new guidance for local authorities to crack down on rogue landlords

MoD launches £2m fund to counter drones threat

DfE:  The First Twelve Institutes of Technology Announced

Ofgem introduces new tougher entry tests for energy suppliers

FCA:  Insurance firms failing to consider value of the products & services provided to consumers

TUC calls for overhaul of shared parental leave
 
Editor’s choice of other Policy & General items of note:

MoD:  UK’s most advanced jets deploy overseas for the first time

LGA:  One year on: soft drinks levy needs to go beyond the school gate

Defra:  Bees' needs: public urged to support pollinators

Scottish Qualifications Authority helps Midlothian pupils get work ready

STFC:  Scientists invent a sniffing method to detect rotten avocados

Ciitizens Advices:  Home insurance companies make 100% of their profits from the loyalty penalty

FCO:  Lack of food & access to healthcare in Venezuela

HO:  Stricter laws to tackle terrorism come into force

DfE:  New teacher recruitment service set to save schools £ms

MHCLG:  New government measures to update crematoria provisions

IOPC:  National campaign to raise awareness of the Silent Solution system

MoJ:  New divorce law to end the blame game

Action Fraud:  Hajj fraud warning issued by Civil Aviation Authority over fake Makkah deals

Reform:  Time to Build Houses For This Century, Not The Last

Reform:  Beyond Blame - The NHS is Not The Only Public Service That Struggles to Learn From Its Mistakes

Collaborate:  Watch your language!

Peer review of pesticide active substances: new admin. guidance for applicants & Rapporteur Member States

 

 More contributions to the Brexit process

Still a ‘hot topic’, with widely spread views, for those who put fingers to keyboard in order to ‘share their views’:

Researched Links:

GOV. UK – Brexit

Latest Documents

GOV.UK Brexit Search

10DS:  PM statement at the European Council: 11 April 2019

Defra:  UK listed status application approved to assure animal & animal product movements in a no-deal Brexit

Home Office:  Funding awarded to support vulnerable EU citizens apply for settled status

HMRC extends deadline for £8m of customs training funding

UK FCA:  & Australian Securities & Investments Commission agree to strengthen cooperation post-Brexit

PC&PE:  EU Committee draws special attention to Gibraltar/Spain tax & finance agreement

ESMA updates on the impact on its databases & IT systems of a no-deal Brexit scenario on 12 April 2019

EU News:  Brexit Preparedness 08 April

Invitation letter ahead of special meeting on 10 April 2019

EC: Brexit Preparedness in the area of Social Security Entitlements

Visa free travel after Brexit: Council adopts regulation

Final adoption of the new European Criminal Records Information System on convicted third country nationals

Special meeting of the European Council (Art. 50) on 10 April 2019

EC takes stock of ‘No-deal’ preparations & provides practical guidance to ensure coordinated EU approach

ScotGov:  Stay in Scotland

ScotGov:  Continuity Bill update

WAG:  Written Statement - No Deal Brexit Contingency Plans – Holyhead

WAG:  Plans to minimise Holyhead Port no deal disruption announced

Open Europe poll on forthcoming European Parliamentary elections

OE:  European press reacts to ‘Halloween Brexit’

techUK comments on the decision to extend Article 50 until 31 October

B4B:  Is the EU About to Call Time on Theresa May’s Delaying Tactics?

B4B:  Little to Fear from No Deal

B4B:   Number 10 Has the Brexit Key

B4B:   The IMF’s latest no-deal warnings are sloppy and overblown

B4B:  Overturning the Referendum?

B4B:  The Real Plan Behind The Article 50 Extension

 
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