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Editor’s choice of other ICT items of note:

techUK:  Proposal for a European Cybersecurity Competence Network & Centre

techUK:  Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund

New ICO hub to support innovation

ICO:  New data protection self-assessment checklist for sole traders

Cabinet Office:  Value of location data to be unlocked by government investment

GDS:  Taking GOV.UK Verify to the next stage

Government Communications Service:  5 Trends in Leading Edge Communications

AXELOS:  So why is staff training so critical for your data protection?

 

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

DHSC:  Record high levels of severe obesity found in year 6 children

(NHS England:  Turnbull & Fry effect will save lives, says NHS Chief

NHS England:  NHS to provide long term screening service for Grenfell community

HO:  Government announces that medicinal cannabis is legal

CQC:  State of Care 2017/18 published

MHCLG:  James Brokenshire launches £20m fund to help homeless into private rented homes

LGA:  Response to homelessness funding announcement

 
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:

Coaching for Change

Click here to find out more.

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

10DS:  PM launches series of measures to tackle barriers facing ethnic minorities in the workplace

STFC:  Laser research could make £18bn industry more efficient

DfT:  Reformed Plug-In Car Grant extended into next decade

Dstl:  Make a pit stop for innovation in combat modelling

ESPO:  New frameworks reference guide now available

NEPO works to reduce Single Use Plastics

CIPD:  The UK’s mismatched workforce – Half of UK workers are in the wrong job

Future of UK naval shipyards hangs by a thread due to government inertia, says Unite

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

LGA:  Local services face further £1.3bn government funding cut in 2019/20

Ofsted:  Chief Inspector sets out vision for new Education Inspection Framework

DWP Director of Communications appointment

HMICFRS:  Progress made ensuring disabled victims get access to justice

LC: Government not to legislate for level crossings reform

Cabinet Office:  UK Government launches first public sector counter fraud profession

Action Fraud:  Could you spot an impersonation scam?

NLGN:  Declining appetite for Outsourcing in Local Government – Time to rethink Partnerships between the Public & Private sectors

 

 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:

Brexit microsite (Information about the Article 50 process and our ‘partnership’ negotiations with the EU)

DExEU:  Secretary of State Dominic Raab's statement - update on EU Exit negotiations

Home Office:  Immigration Rules - Next phase of EU Settlement Scheme confirmed

DIFD:  The future of UK aid post-Brexit

Defra:  Statement on Funding for Scottish Farmers Post-Brexit

ScotGov:  Advice service for EU citizens

WAG:  Benchmarking project to help red meat sector prepare for Brexit gets underway

WAG:  Finance Secretary gives key note speech at ‘EU funding post-Brexit’ event

Protecting Intellectual Property Rights: new EU Customs action plan adopted by the Council

NHS Confed:  We have to find a way of exiting EU without disrupting access to medicines, says BHA 

IFS:  Men with fewer qualifications most at risk from potential new trade barriers with the EU

JRF:  North unites to demand control over EU cash to rebalance the economy

IPPR:  Vast majority of EU workers would be barred from UK under Migration Advisory Committee proposals

OE Event summary: After Salzburg what next?

BfB:  The Impossibility of an All-Weather Backstop

 
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