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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 other ICT items of note:

ICO Blog: Using biometric data in a fair, transparent & accountable manner

NCSC:  ALERT - Microsoft SharePoint remote code vulnerability

Reform:  The Master’s Voice: Gov.uk and The Future of Voice Assisted Government

RUSI:  Russian Internet Efforts Go Further Than Just Helping President Trump Being Elected  

Socitm on the world stage

GDS:  Newyddion gwych! The first service to use GOV.UK Pay in Welsh is now live

NHS Digital chief nurse calls on nurses & midwives to continue to take the lead on digital revolution

 

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

DHSC:  Innovative brain cancer treatment aid now available across England

NHS England:  Army of NHS experts brought in to care homes to tackle over-medication

NHS England:  NHS funds tech to protect prostate cancer patients during radiation treatment

NHS Digital chief nurse calls on nurses & midwives to continue to take the lead on digital revolution

ScotGov:  Trauma Training Programme extended

NHS Health Scotland:  Final Delivery Plan

Innovation Agency:  Online appointment system saves NHS £120K in East Lancashire

NICE recommends first ever treatment for children with rare muscle-wasting condition

Reform:  a Web of Support - Digital Services to Reach Vulnerable Young People

Homeless Link:  The Outside Project - supporting LGBTIQ+ homeless people in London

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

BEIS:  New boost for UK ambition to lead the world in zero emissions vehicles

DfT;  Stamp of approval for dealerships trained to work with electric cars

DfE:  Call for views on new digital Functional Skills qualifications

ScotGov:  Funeral cost guidance published

Ofcom:  Broadband, phone & pay TV firms must tell customers about their best deals

Dstl shares new open-source framework initiative

NDA:  Dounreay recycling trial opens doors for future possibilities

ESPO:  The brand new 2019/20 products catalogue has arrived

NEPO:  Highways Surfacing & Road Markings - Soft Market Testing Exercise

FRC: Guide to help smaller listed companies improve financial reporting

Employers not doing enough to keep pregnant women safe at work, TUC & Maternity Action warn

 
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:

Livepay

Click here to find out more.

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

Defence Secretary calls for veteran-led support to be at the heart of mental health services

MoD:  RUSI Sea Power Conference 15 May 2019

LGA responds to new support for domestic abuse survivors

STFC:  Work on research lab that will transform our understanding of diseases starts at Harwell

EA:  Summer water testing has started at English beaches

TfL:  GLA – First month of Mayor’s ULEZ sees 74% of vehicles comply

UK online centres:  Blended learning

MHCLG:  New public buildings to have Changing Places toilets for severely disabled people

DfE:  Thousands of schools to pilot new reception class check-up

DfT:  Accessibility must be at the heart of new transport tech

ScotGov:  Wheels in motion for further e-bike support

MoJ:  Justice Secretary announces new model for probation

Home Office:  Offensive Weapons Act receives Royal Assent

ScotGov:  Reducing ineffective short prison terms

WAG:  Law to ban letting fees receives Royal Assent

Action Fraud:  Fraudsters are continuing to send victims their own passwords in sextortion scam

NAO:  Investigation into penalty charge notices in healthcare

 

 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

PC&PE:  Does Brexit risk more plant & animal diseases?

PC&PE:  UK participation in CSDP missions & operations after Brexit report debated

PC&PE:  EU Committee draws special attention to UK/Norway & Iceland trade agreement

PC&PE:  UK foreign policy report debated by Lords

techUK:  Digital Service Providers (EU Exit) Consultation

OE: What next for Brexit?

OE: The Netherlands looks set to send a strong Eurosceptic contingent to the European Parliament

OE: The 2019 European Parliamentary elections and the future of the European project

OE’s Pieter Cleppe discusses level playing field provisions after Brexit

OE: How will the UK’s participation in the European Parliament elections affect the EU?

B4B:  Few City Blues on Brexit

B4B:   A Second Referendum - Unfair, Dishonest and Undemocratic

 
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Civil Service
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Using data to improve employee wellbeing
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Civil Service Health & Wellbeing Champion Jonathan Jones describes how we are starting to identify trends in health and wellbeing across the organisation.
'This is me' - opening up about mental health
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Celebrating staff networks
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Rupert McNeil, Government Chief People Officer, writes about National Day for Staff Networks, and the importance of such networks for the Civil Service.

Personal Disability Stories: 10 – Kay’s story
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Philip Rutnam introduces the latest in our series of personal disability stories from public servants. This one focuses on Royal Navy Commander Kay Hallsworth, who relates her experience of living with ME.