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Public bodies to band together for new mobile voice and data procurement

Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is harnessing the buying power of the public sector to reduce the cost to the public purse of purchasing mobile voice and data services.

Expressions of interest are now being taken from public sector organisations who want to take part in this latest bulk buying project.

The […]

LGA RESPONDS TO LGO REPORT ON EDUCATION, HEALTH AND CARE PLANS

Responding to a Local Government Ombudsman report on its first 100 investigations into Education, Health and Care Plans, Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, said: “The number of investigations undertaken in this report is relatively small when compared to the thousands of Education, Health and Care Plans […]

New Technical Director to lead product development at Eminox

Steve Whelan (left) Technical Director and Mark Runciman Operations Director Eminox

Gainsborough-based emissions specialists, Eminox has appointed Steve Whelan, as its new Technical Director.

In his new role, Steve will be responsible for the company’s product development as well as research and advanced engineering, helping to shape Eminox’s technology strategy for the future.

He […]

LGA RESPONDS TO CANCELLATION OF UBER’S TAXI LICENCE IN LONDON

Taxis working in London: Photo: GPSJ

Responding to today’s decision by Transport for London not to renew taxi firm Uber’s licence to operate in London, Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, said: “Other licensing authorities will be watching with interest today’s announcement by Transport for […]

Kodak Alaris unveils next wave of IN2 Ecosystem to take complexity out of information capture

Four casual-dressed persons working together on a new idea at the table.

Reporter: Allan Roach

Kodak Alaris is expanding its information capture ecosystem, delivering on the promise of digital transformation for businesses and governments around the world. The global solution provider is hosting customer and partner events in all regions this week to unveil […]

CTSI Director of Policy calls for independent national trading standards regime

Adam Scorer

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Director of Policy at the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI), Adam Scorer, repeated its call for an independent, national trading standards regime on BBC News today. This follows demands from Which? on manufactures to ‘do the right thing’ and stop producing plastic-backed cold-appliances from non-flame retardant materials.

“We have […]

GMB SAYS CHINESE BID IS NOT THE SOLUTION TO MOORSIDE NUCLEAR PLANT IN CUMBRIA AND SUGGESTS THE LESSONS OF THE TOSHIBA COLLAPSE HAVE NOT BEEN LEARNED

Most members of the public will be looking on in continued bewilderment at the financing pantomime surrounding Moorside and asking why on earth the UK government hasn’t stepped in says GMB.

GMB, the energy union, says a bid by Chinese nuclear company CGN for a stake in Moorside is not the solution to the problems […]

LGA RESPONDS TO GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO BRING FORWARD SOCIAL HOUSING GREEN PAPER

Responding to today’s announcement by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid that a green paper for social housing will be brought forward, Cllr Martin Tett, the LGA’s Housing spokesman, said: “The LGA has long-called for more powers to build good quality and genuinely affordable homes. We are encouraged that the Government is to bring forward its green […]

Local Government Minister sets out plans to strengthen rules to prevent anyone found guilty of serious crimes from serving on local councils

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Local Government Minister Marcus Jones has today set out plans to strengthen rules to prevent anyone found guilty of serious crimes from serving on local councils.

Under the planned changes to criteria, it would ensure those who represent their communities are held to the highest […]

IT experts tell GPSJ: ‘Government not doing enough to protect public sector against cyberattacks’

76% of UK CEOs are concerned about cyber threats

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

In May the NHS suffered a large scale ransomware attack and although the attack was not specifically targeted at the NHS a lack of IT security awareness and variations in software on IT systems in the organisation meant the affects were devastating.

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SIMPLIFY EU RULES OVER HOW COUNCILS BUY GOODS AND SERVICES AFTER BREXIT

Simpler rules regulating how councils buy goods and services after Brexit could boost local growth and create jobs, the Local Government Association says today.

Council leaders say the Government needs to introduce a more efficient UK system regulating how councils buy goods and services when we leave the European Union.

The LGA said this could […]

Half of local authorities across the UK are unprepared to deal with a cyber attack: PwC Research

76% of UK CEOs are concerned about cyber threats

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Just over half (53%) of local authorities across the UK are prepared to deal with a cyber attack according to research by PwC.

While the latest PwC Global CEO survey found that 76% of UK CEOs are concerned about cyber threats, only […]

Leading procurement advisers outline how changes to off-payroll taxes could give the public sector an opportunity to deliver better procurement practices all around

MD of Bloom, (Formerly Nepro Ltd) Rob Levene

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

There has been much debate about the serious impact changes to off-payroll tax rules (IR35) will have on the public sector and contractors alike. The MD of Bloom, (Formerly Nepro Ltd) Rob Levene, argues that the changes present the public sector with a […]

The Utility Week Live 2017 transformation leaders and technologies

For all utilities, transformation and flexibility are not optional as they face the challenges ahead: they are the key to survival.

Driving this change in culture are a number of people, whilst a number of key technologies will enable and shape the utilities’ transformation and increasing flexibility.

Utility Week Live 2017 has identified the 10 […]