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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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Editor’s choice of other ICT items of note:

techUK:  Mapping the Data Centre Standards Landscape

techUK:  Early professionals initiative launched to drive innovation in public

ICO Blog:  Show you mean business by paying the Data Protection Fee

EU boosts its data economy as Council approves deal on wider reuse of publicly funded data

NCSC:  Universities invited to apply for NCSC certification of undergraduate cyber security degrees

APCC:  Together for a better Internet

AXELOS:  The future of project & programme management – a snapshot of the market

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

NHS England:  GPs create 100,000 extra patient appointments through Primary Care Network model

NHS England:  Older patients spared dementia & falls by NHS tech roll-out

NHS Digital:  Data Security & Protection Toolkit helps care providers get online with NHSmail

DfE:  One of the largest mental health trials launches in schools

ScotGov:  Progress on integration of health & social care

The King's Fund welcomes the new contract for general practice

Reform:  Primary Care Networks as a Response to The Winter Healthcare Crisis

CMA launches court action against Care UK

Homeless Link:  What should enhanced oversight for supported housing look like?

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

CO:  Seven year framework for Government & public sector development projects launched

UK Hydrographic Office:  UK to support safe maritime trade & economic growth across Overseas Territories

ScotGov:  Loan support for remote rural areas

WAG:  Fund to revitalise town centres boosted to £31m

IS:  Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) claims and the Official Receiver

CMA:  Hotel booking sites to make major changes after CMA probe

FCA warns public of investment scams as over £197m reported losses in 2018

FSCS warns consumers of potential scam

Dstl's latest apprenticeship opportunities are now open

Innovate UK:  Bionic arm start up secures £4.6m to go global

Innovate UK:  AI and digital design to transform future of UK construction

NEPO:  Supplier Questionnaire: Highways -Technical Surveys

TUC: Government "dithering” on pension reforms could cost low earners thousands

GEO:  Mordaunt launches fund to help isolated & marginalised women return to work

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

MoD:  New figures reveal increase in ex-service personnel employment rates

LGA response to PAC report on local government spending

DfT:  Thousands of green taxis to benefit from new chargepoint

Children’s Commissioner publishes a statutory Duty of Care for online service providers

DVSA:  7 tips for motorists to stay safe online

EHRC:  Free speech to be protected at university

STFC:  UK university has something to twist & shout about after 40-year search

Home Office:  Government announces plans to tackle illegal traveller sites

DfE:  Education Secretary sets out 5 foundations to build character

MHCLG:  James Brokenshire confirms funding package for local authorities in 2019 to 2020

ScotGov:  New fire safety standards for Scottish homes

MoJ:  Government sets out new vision for legal support )

PC&PE:  5 proposals made to Government to reform immigration detention

 

 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 speech in Belfast: 5 February 2019

10DS:  Joint statement on behalf of the PM and President Juncker

BEIS:  Design for new product safety marking after Brexit

HMT:  HMRC simplifies importing from the EU as part of 'no deal' preparation

UK agrees deal to protect social security rights of UK & Irish citizens living & working in each other’s state

MHCLG:  EU Exit local information sharing

DfT:  EU Exit -  road haulage

Defra:  No deal Brexit advice - guidance on food & drink labelling

ESMA and EU securities regulators agree no-deal Brexit MoUs with FCA

Visa free travel after Brexit: Council agrees negotiating mandate

ESMA agrees no-deal Brexit MOUs with the Bank of England for recognition of UK CCPs & UK CSD

Remarks by President Donald Tusk after his meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

Meeting between President Jean-Claude Juncker and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

Cutting red tape for ships – provisional agreement with Parliament on maritime single window

ScotGov:  Immigration threat to universities

ScotGov:  Concerns raised over funding for the third sector after Brexit

WAG:  Veterinary surgeons receive training to provide Export Health Certificates post-Brexit

WAG:  Joint statement by the First Ministers of Scotland & Wales

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

PC&PE:  Committee asks Minister about ‘no deal’ Brexit security preparations

CC:  Opportunity for charities to become authorised advisors to EU citizens applying to settle in the UK

FCA outlines how it would use the temporary transitional power

OE:  Are the UK and the EU27 prepared for No Deal?

OE: Assessing Labour’s new “five tests”

Fears of empty supermarket shelves after no-deal Brexit are overblown, says new IEA briefing 

B4B:  EU economies are faltering, and the costs of Brexit are exaggerated

B4B:  Theresa May is not up to the job of renegotiating the Withdrawal Agreement

B4B:   Opponents of a WTO Brexit Ignore the Basic Lesson of Economics

B4B:  Labour Party is going to take the UK out of the European Union

 
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ICO

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Blog: Show you mean business by paying the Data Protection Fee
Blog: Show you mean business by paying the Data Protection Fee Share
Paul Arnold, ICO Deputy Chief Executive explains to small businesses why they need to pay the data protection fee. 

Housing developer fined for ignoring data request
Organisations have been reminded they could face a criminal prosecution if they fail to respect the public’s legal right to access their personal information.

ICO to audit data protection practices at Leave.EU and Eldon Insurance after fining both companies for unlawful marketing messages
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued fines totalling £120,000 to an EU referendum campaign and an insurance company for serious breaches of electronic marketing laws and is set to review how both are complying with data protection laws.

Data, Transparency and Trust: How information rights can promote a culture of accountability
Elizabeth Denham's speech at a Parliamentary Internet, Communication and Technology Forum event held in partnership with the ICO and the APPG for Data Analytics.

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