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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 other ICT items of note:

techUK:  Where next for transforming local public services

DCMS:   Cairncross report recommends levelling of the playing field for UK journalism

ICO Blog: Advancing the adtech debate from a data protection perspective

Innovate UK:  Cyber security - funding to take academic ideas to market

 
Latest Guide: The Employee and Lone Worker Protection Manual

The UK public sector includes a vast range departments and organisations with quite varied requirements for the protection of employees.

Supported by recent case studies, this latest guidance offers advice and insights from several organisations across different sectors, where many of the challenges and experiences were shared.

Common challenges include:

  • The legislative pressure and moral obligation to provide a duty of care for employees working in high-risk roles has led to a review of internal procedures for dealing with employee emergencies.
  • Initially, reported incidents were reviewed and it was found they fell into 3 basic categories - Illness, Accident and Aggression, with particular concern over staff working alone and in isolated rural areas.

Access the latest guidance and public sector case studies on 'Protecting Public Sector Lone Worker Employees at Risk'

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

DHSC:  NHS can move towards more coordinated & continuous care

NHS England:  Hospital admissions for youths assaulted with sharp objects up almost 60%

NHS Health Scotland:  Stalling life expectancy is a warning light for public health in Scotland

WAG:  Transforming eye care services in Wales

EU News:  Falsified medicines - new rules to enhance patients' safety

Reform:  Beyond ‘Blue Monday’: Why the Divide Between Mental & Physical Health is Artificial & Unhelpful

Collaborate:  Notes From The Tield: Tackling Physical Inactivity in Essex

NICE & PHE publish new antibiotic prescribing guidance for patients with suspected pneumonia

NICE:  Diagnose Lyme disease if bull’s eye rash is present, says NICE

WAG:  Young care leavers to be exempt from paying council tax

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

NIC:  Cost of congestion shows need to enable local leaders to tackle the issue

MoD:  Dstl Announce Swarming Drone Hackathon Challenge

Dstl launches ‘SME Searchlight’ to harness innovation

Dstl:  DASA event - invisible battlespace collaboration day

DWP:  Seven years in jail for bosses who recklessly risk pensions

DWP:  Goodbye GSI – DWP email addresses are changing

HM Treasury:  Terrorism insurance gap closed, giving peace of mind to businesses

GEO:  New guidance to help employers close gender pay gap

ScotGov:  Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund

Insolvency Service:  Customer satisfaction survey

Residential Landlords Association:  Benefit cap driving poverty in rental market

Ordnance Survey:  New high-altitude platform to revolutionise the way we look at Earth

FSA welcomes successful council prosecution

FSCS:  Beaufort clients warned of potential scam

 
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:

Roast & Ground

Click here to find out more.

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

ESRC:  Drivers of Mediterranean migration

RoSPA:  Tragic death of baby is a reminder of poisoning risks of e-cigarettes

NCFE:  Supporting you through the Functional Skills reform

Civil Service:  An international guide to managing public sector fraud

Sport England:  Guide to Dementia-friendly Sport

Home Office:  Applying for your passport online

MHCLG:  Training introduced to help faith leaders support their communities

WAG:  Ministers press ahead with 50p minimum unit price for alcohol in Wales

MoJ:  Upskirting: know your rights

Action Fraud:  Don’t invest your heart in a fauxmance - victims lose over £50m to romance fraud 

IFS:  If the coming spending review is to end austerity Chancellor will need to find extra £bns

  

 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

10DS:  PM's statement to the House of Commons on Brexit: 12 February 2019

10DS:  PM meeting with the PM of Malta: 11 February 2019

Defra:  New system launched to maintain environmental standards on harmful gases in No Deal Brexit scenario

Defra:  EU vessels prevented from electric shock fishing post Brexit

DIT:  UK & Switzerland sign trade continuity agreement

DIT:  UK and USA agree to continue Mutual Recognition Agreement

HMRC awards new logistics contract to support customs compliance

ScotGov:  Brexit farm compensation

WAG:  Devolved administrations call for clarity on future funding post-Brexit

WAG:  Funding support for non-UK EU citizens ahead of Brexit

CMA:  Trust & Brexit amongst priorities annual plan

PC&PE:  Second report scrutinising Brexit-related international agreements published

PC&PE:  UK unprepared for new fisheries conservation rules

PC&PE:  Uncertainty over future UK participation in Erasmus and Horizon programmes

EU adapts trans-European transport networks to prepare for a 'no-deal' Brexit

Brexit Preparedness: EC adopts “no-deal” contingency measure for railway safety & connectivity

Agreement with Singapore set to give a boost to EU-Asia trade

B4B:  The Keys to Downing Street: Leave-Voting Marginals

B4B:  May’s customs union con-tricks

B4B:  The Malthouse Compromise

B4B:  The problem with Norway Plus

B4B:  “It’s not the apocalypse. Calm down”

B4B:  If the hotel is on fire it’s better to get out before the roof falls in

B4B:  A Negotiator and A Journalist Walk Into a Bar…

B4B:  A new divorce bill danger: why the EU rejects legal process

 
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Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
Latest News
Supporting the development of technology for Fukushima clean-up
Supporting the development of technology for Fukushima clean-up
NDA Head of Technology Melanie Brownridge is part of an international panel working with the Japanese to review their research for technologies needed to clean up Fukushima. She reflects on progress after returning from a recent visit.
This is Me Cumbria
This is Me Cumbria
Cumbrians have joined together to share their personal stories as part of a national campaign to end the stigma associated with mental health issues.
Nuclear employees WiN big at national diversity conference
Nuclear employees WiN big at national diversity conference
Employees from across the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) group were honoured at a national awards ceremony for their work in addressing gender imbalance and diversity in the nuclear industry.
Wylfa reactors 75% defuelled
Direct Rail Services lifts 6th Golden Whistle Award
DRS won the prestigious Golden Whistle Award for the sixth time running, when officially declared ‘The Best Performing Rail Freight Operator’.
Robots tackle Sellafield’s notorious radioactive ‘hot spot’
Robots tackle Sellafield’s notorious radioactive ‘hot spot’
Robots at Sellafield have started to remove radioactive sludge from the most hazardous spot on the site.