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WiredGov Plus provides a weekly roundup of news from the UK Government and Public Sector. To save your time, we research & validate the links to websites / documents and selectively add additional background links as appropriate.

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Not all items published in the last week are listed for each news source, but note that when you click on an item, scrolling down it will also display the last 7 day’s items for that channel (if item clicked on has less than 10 articles in that period, then the last 10 articles will be displayed regardless of date)

A news source may be listed in more than one section if the different items cover different topics (ex.; ScotGov may be listed in General …. & Health, …. & Policy….  & Consultation  …. & ICT …. and Business …… sections

We will try to ensure that we list at least one item per news source (if they have published any in the past week)  

Editor’s choice of ICT items of note:

Cyber experts set out blueprint to secure smart cities of the future

Developing essential digital skills

Fifteen times more online scams stamped out as cyber experts moved to protect UK during pandemic

New Cloud Compute agreement awarded for hyperscale cloud hosting

‘Cyber Security is a Team Sport’ - CYBERUK 2021 begins

Large UK organisations offered ten steps to stay ahead of cyber threat

Home Secretary announces Computer Misuse Act Review

British tech startups offered help to keep innovations secure

New tool launched to support organisations achieve Cyber Essentials certification

How modern data protection is helping to unlock the power of data

Tight guidelines needed to make sure new Online Safety law is a success, says professional body for IT

Neurodiversity and disability to be captured in second survey on diversity of UK cyber sector
 

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

Two-thirds of UK adults receive first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

Second dose milestone as one third of adults in England receive both jabs

NHS Confederation - Primary care leaders call for support to bring back patient services

More restrictions eased for care homes

Boost for mental health support at GP practices in Lancashire and South Cumbria

A refreshed Evidence Standards Framework for Digital Health Technologies and an increased focus on digital health for NICE

NHS Confederation - Alert level change reflective of receding COVID wave but caution critical to avoid turn in tide

COVID-19 vaccines: further evidence of success

People smuggling gang found guilty

NHS Confederation - Absence of social care in Queen's Speech 'disappointing and disheartening'

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

Government spending with small businesses continues to rise

Over 800 organisations receive new funding to tackle loneliness

Business and industry leaders urged to accelerate climate action and seize opportunities of net zero

Further support for Welsh businesses

New laws to ensure the UK has the skills it needs

Help shape the future of Business Gateway

Business and government must stand united to tackle great challenges of the age – G7 business groups

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

Vital project management techniques for financial services

Geospatial Commission announces up to £4m for second phase of transport location data innovation competition

The apprenticeship levy should be scrapped completely, says IEA expert

LGA responds to Age UK report on an increase in older people’s social care need due to the pandemic

Queen's Speech 2021

Ministry of Justice Mediation Voucher Scheme

New Environment Bill provisions to tackle storm overflows

New RUSI Project on Artificial Intelligence and Financial Crime

JRF - Queen’s Speech: Where is the Employment Bill for low-paid workers?

Environment Agency delivers £1.3 million boost to England’s fisheries

Competition hots up for climate leadership in MENA

 
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.

ESA Retail

 

 More contributions to the Brexit process

Still a ‘hot topic’, with widely spread views:

Researched Links:

GOV. UK – Brexit

Latest Documents

GOV.UK Brexit Search

 

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Latest Articles

Partnering with industry to support public services
Andrew Cullinane introduces a new scheme in which the Civil Service partners with industry to give volunteers currently furloughed from their jobs in the private sector the opportunity to work in government and support the delivery of public services.

Supporting each other during unprecedented times
In light of recent events, Civil Service Race Champion Richard Heaton considers how far we still have to go to be truly diverse and inclusive.
Making caring visible – an update on implementing the Carers Strategy
Making caring visible – an update on implementing the Carers Strategy
Marking the start of Carers Week, Government Chief People Officer Rupert McNeil picks out some highlights from the newly published progress report on the Civil Service Carers Strategy.
The pandemic benchmarking test for mental health and wellbeing
The pandemic benchmarking test for mental health and wellbeing
Civil Service Health and Wellbeing Champion Jonathan Jones on how the coronavirus pandemic has set a new direction for the organisation’s Thriving at Work journey.
Championing mental health and wellbeing through the pandemic
Championing mental health and wellbeing through the pandemic
In Mental Health Awareness Week, Government Chief People Office Rupert McNeil introduces a virtual wellbeing and leadership learning package on how to manage through a crisis and work towards a common goal.