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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.

Please note that previously published newsletters can be accessed from the Newsletter Archive

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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)  

 
Mitigate against the risks of acquiring unwanted sensitive data on your network

The rising threat of unwanted sensitive data acquisition, the act of unintentionally receiving and storing critical information, is a ticking time bomb for data breaches. 

In a post-GDPR world, all government and public sector organisations are more aware than ever of the need to properly secure sensitive data and the consequences and financial penalties that breaches can cause. This paper explores the risks of sensitive data acquisition through the three most widely used digital business collaboration channels:

  • Email – receiving emails with sensitive information by mistake
  • Mobile – sensitive data transfers onto corporate networks via mobile devices
  • Internet – acquiring unwanted sensitive data via website downloads.

Download your copy and learn how to mitigate against the risks of acquiring unwanted sensitive data on your network.

    
Editor’s choice of other ICT items of note:

techUK:  Lords report on the future of TV

techUK:  UK Cyber Security Council Formation Project

Join techUK's Skills & Diversity Council

DCMS:  Call for evidence launched on improving cyber security across the UK economy

GCS:  How can you help your organisation live its values

 
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.


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

DHSC:  New measures to secure MMR vaccine for private patients )

NHS England:  New NHS online training to help people get home from hospital quicker

CQC:  New supporting information for inspectors & Mental Health Act reviewers addresses the risk factors of closed environments

PC&PE:  NHS property services set up to fail

Audit Scotland:  NHS Highland urgently needs to redesign services

NHS Health Scotland:  Scottish Affairs Committee call for public health approach to drug use

WAG:  Plans to improve patient access to health professionals in Wales

Innovation Agency:  Collaborative helps GP practices to find hundreds more people with AF

NCFE:  Focusing on mental health to improve learner outcomes and retention

Unite: Staff at Frimley NHS to strike for two days over hived-off ‘tax avoiding’ company, says Unite

Reform:  A Sustainable Solution to The Social Care Crisis

Homeless Link:  London Winter Shelters list 2019/20 published

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

BEIS:  Heavy industry to cut 2m tonnes of carbon emissions with new tech

BEIS:  International partnership opportunities for UK research & innovation

NIC:  A renewable future for Britain is about more than meeting net zero

HM Treasury:  Independent review backs Chancellor pledge for higher National Living Wage

DWP:  Disability Confident scheme leads to inclusive work

ScotGov:  Migration vital to Scotland’s future workforce

WAG:  eProcurement tools: contract award update

OSSW:  Transformative North Wales Growth Deal signed

UK Space Agency confirms £7.35m funding to support small satellite launch from Cornwall

HMLR:  New services launched for complex commercial transactions & infrastructure developments

RLA:  Landlord regulations up by a third

CCW:  Water good lesson for a happy student house – (CCW:  General Election 2019 – what it means for our communications )

Crown Commercial Service:  Government awards new construction procurement agreement

ESFA:  ‘Look Beyond’ announced as the theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2020

NCFE qualification supports learner to gain apprenticeship at Manchester’s luxury Midland Hotel

NEPO:  £6m of North of Tyne funds for improving adult education

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

MoD:  DASA awards £2m contracts to counter hostile drone threats

MoD:  How a Century Old Spoon Led to The Military Burial of an Essex Soldier Who Died in The Great War

LGA:  School transport under threat as bill set to rise to £1.2bn by 2024

Environment Agency:  Action cameras help teams to inspect hard-to-reach structures

NCFE:  Providing more diverse options for learners studying English and maths qualifications

National Archives:  Online research project announced to mark World Digital Preservation Day

TfL:  Boost for future of river transport as collaborative Pier Strategy published

Charity Commission:  Committee seeks views on charity accounting framework

Government Equalities Office:  Support for disabled candidates seeking elected office

IFG:  New Speaker will face unparalleled challenge – and opportunity

Cabinet Office:  Update on tackling intimidation in public life

Defra:  Government launches new scheme to boost tree-planting

WAG:  New guidance will challenge bullying in Welsh schools

WAG:  Tackling pornography: new film & guide for families

MoJ digital and technology strategy

MHCLG:   New parking code could give motorists 10-minute grace period in private car parks

Action Fraud:  Watch out for fake emails claiming to be Action Fraud

RUSI:  NATO vs Russia at 70

 

 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

How to prepare if the UK leaves the EU with no deal

PC&PE:  Implications of Withdrawal Agreement Bill examined

OE Weekly Briefing: This is the Brexit General Election

B4B:  Don’t Cry For Me Europa

B4B:  Lib Dems remain bonus is economically Illiterate

B4B:  “Remaining” isn’t the answer: Clement Attlee is  

B4B:  What Philip Hammond has been telling the Swiss

 

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Innovate UK
Latest Documents
Decarbonising the UK’s industry: apply for phase 1 funding
Decarbonising the UK’s industry: apply for phase 1 funding
2 phase 1 competitions for businesses to help achieve a world-first, net zero-emission industrial area by 2040.
Building centres to drive electric revolution: apply for funding
Building centres to drive electric revolution: apply for funding 
Up to £30 million to set up flagship centres supporting the manufacturing supply chain in the latest power electronics, machines and drives.
Work with China to transform food production: apply for funding
Work with China to transform food production: apply for funding
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£125 million cash injection will support UK business innovators
Evaluation of innovation loans - interim report
The innovation loans pilot programme is delivered by Innovate UK and this evaluation covers 5 competitions for applications, from November 2017.
Get your business ready for Brexit
Get your business ready for Brexit
Find out how to prepare your business for Brexit.
Innovation funding: browse and apply online
Innovation funding: browse and apply online
If you’re a UK-based business you may be eligible for funding to develop an innovative idea - search the Innovation Funding Service.