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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)

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Editor’s choice of ICT items of note:

techUK Future Summit: Digital Infrastructure Session Summary

Cyber Resilient Scotland: strategic framework

Guest Blog: Tech sector growth creates massive opportunity for people to train for digital careers

Tackling big data challenges for next-generation experiments

Local government digital innovation funding and new models

NHSX launches Digital Technology Assessment Criteria

techUK launches landmark report on the future of the UK’s digital twin ecosystem

Scotland’s new Cyber Resilience Framework

Smart technology empowering smart people

 

Free Online Webinar | 3rd March 2021 | 15:00-16:30PM

As we come to terms with a long-term relationship with Coronavirus, it is apparent that new operating models are needed for the digital delivery of Local Government services.

With citizen engagement becoming digital first and council employees likely to remain home or hybrid workers, it is inevitable public finances will be squeezed. This means that new approaches are urgently needed for digital citizens and employee engagement. In this session, Peter Lloyd, Head of Change and Technology, Cheshire West and Chester Council will talk through how he and his team are embracing these challenges, both directly and via their partners, Qwest, CIPFA C.Co, ICS.AI and Microsoft.

Hear the experiences of Cheshire West and Chester Council live!
 
Editor’s choice of Health, Social Care & Homelessness related items of note:

Supporting urgent and emergency care during winter

IFS - Nurses more likely to leave NHS hospitals where costs of living have increased quickly

Surge testing to be deployed in targeted areas in Buckinghamshire and Lambeth

NICE draft guidance recommends sapropterin for children with rare inherited metabolic condition phenylketonuria

Ban lifted to allow UK blood plasma to be used for life-saving treatments

Huge progress made as rough sleeping figures at 6 year low

NHS patients to benefit from first full access deal in Europe for new CAR-T therapy recommended by NICE

UK to strengthen its ethical approach to the international recruitment of health and care workers

The number of people sleeping rough continues to decrease in England, but ongoing effort is paramount

Latest findings from antibody surveillance study published
 
Editor’s choice of Business / Commercial items of note:

CBI responds to Government roadmap out of lockdown in England

CIPD - UK companies report strongest employment intentions since onset of Covid-19 pandemic, survey shows

Increased support for fishing and shellfish businesses

“Boris Johnson’s sluggish timetable will do unnecessary damage to businesses and livelihoods”, says IEA expert

Business support scheme to boost UK space industry has lift off

Major redevelopment project awarded using NEPO207 Building Construction Works

The changing face of business: number of women on FTSE boards up by 50% in just 5 years

Business grants data published
 
Editor’s choice of Policy & General items of note:

TUC – young workers “bearing brunt” of jobs crisis

PM Boris Johnson's address to the UN Security Council on Climate and Security: 23 February 2021

New measures to accelerate greener, cheaper heating

Ken Skates: “We can look ahead to a greener, fairer, more prosperous future for North Wales”

FCA returns funds to victims of unauthorised deposit taking and collective investment schemes

Reading room services suspended until further notice

On the Quest to Revive the Iran Nuclear Deal

Calling all innovators - entries to the Mayor of London's Resilience Fund are now open

EHRC Chair responds to Hampton-Alexander Review

FCA responds to High Court decision to stay proceedings in enforcement case

Joint Advisory: Exploitation of Accellion File Transfer Appliance

 
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.

Directive Office Ltd

 

 More contributions to the Brexit process

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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.