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Snap UK General Election announced for 8 June

Snap UK general election announced for June

The Prime Minister has announced there will be a snap general election on the 8th of June Following an announcement this morning, the PM declared that Britain needs certainty, stability and strong leadership following the EU referendum. The shock announcement is a u-turn for the Prime Minister who had previously said...

Public sector IT must deliver cost effective support solutions

Mark Smith, CEO of SAP, highlights the plight of public sector IT amid budget cuts and explains why it is vital to deliver better sourced services
Article 50: pulling the trigger on a British exit from the EU

Article 50: pulling the trigger on a British exit from the EU

Theresa May has signed the documentation to begin the process of withdrawing from the EU. Open Access Government discusses what this could mean for the UK
Cloud is first and it’s native to the public sector already

Cloud is first and it’s native to the public sector already

Software Europe's Chief Sales Officer, Deborah Saunby, shares her views on the move from ‘cloud first’ to ‘cloud native’ within the public sector Back in 2013, GDS published a policy that said all public sector buyers of IT products should consider the cloud as their first option, hence ‘cloud first’....
Citizen and the state: The government at your service

Citizen and the state: The government at your service

The relationship between the citizen and the state is sacrosanct. Cabinet Minister Ben Gummer explains how the government will work for the people
Brexit Bill: MPs set to reject changes put forward by Ministers

Brexit Bill: MPs set to reject changes put forward by Ministers

Ministers have warned they expect MPs to reject two changes made to the Brexit Bill when it is debated for the second time later today
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Artificial intelligence receives £17m funding boost

A major review will be carried out on artificial intelligence as part of the UK government’s Digital Strategy, which is expected out later this week As part of the government’s new Digital Strategy, Culture Secretary Karen Bradley and Business Secretary Greg Clark have unveiled a cash injection to support the...
Prison officer pay boost labelled ‘divisive’ and ‘poorly thought out’

Prison officer pay boost labelled ‘divisive’ and ‘poorly thought out’

A prison officer pay boost announced by the Justice Secretary has been slammed as “divisive” and inadequate by the Prison Officers’ Association Prison officers at 31 prisons in London and the South East are set to get an immediate pay rise, according to the Ministry of Justice. Justice Secretary Elizabeth Truss...
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New National Cyber Security Centre opened by The Queen

Her Majesty The Queen officially opened the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre HQ in London today The NCSC, as part of GCHQ, is tasked with making the UK ‘the safest place in the world to live and work online’. The new London office forms its operational nerve centre. At the launch,...
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Council boycotts of Israeli goods will become illegal

The UK government plans to make local council boycotts of countries and companies – particularly Israel – illegal, in new measures announced this week Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has unveiled plans to prevent council boycotts of companies and countries, unless they fall in line with central government policy. The move aims...
New government transformation strategy unveiled

New government digital transformation strategy unveiled

The Cabinet has published the Government Transformation Strategy, which sets out how online public services will be improved The Strategy, which was published yesterday, is expected to harness digital technologies, skills and tools to transform public services and put citizens first. It is also expected to redefine the relationship between the...
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Scotland’s draft climate change plan: Roseanna Cunningham sets out ambitions

The Scottish Environment Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham MSP, sets out the key aims of Scotland’s draft climate change plan for Open Access Government The publication of our new draft Climate Change Plan represents an opportunity to build on the ambitious approach that has seen Scotland gain recognition in the international community for...
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Brexit white paper expands on May’s 12 point plan

The government issued its Brexit white paper at lunchtime, outlining plans to leave the customs union and curb immigration but maintain ‘frictionless trade’ Following the vote yesterday to allow Theresa May to trigger Article 50 and begin the process of leaving the EU, the government today published the promised white...
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Shadow cabinet members resign over Article 50 vote

MPs voted yesterday in favour of beginning the formal Brexit process, amidst a wave of shadow cabinet resignations over Labour’s line on the Article 50 vote The government is today set to publish a white paper on its Brexit negotiating priorities, following a Commons vote yesterday evening in favour of...
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Government IT: The year to adapt, change and collaborate

SolarWinds’ Patrick Hubbard looks forward to the year ahead for government IT professionals, and how DevOps culture could change the landscape If there is one thing government organisations are used to, it’s change. From central government to local government and healthcare, budgets, technology, and policies are constantly changing. It is...
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Dissecting the government’s new economic roadmap

Dr Julian Francis, Director of Policy and External Affairs, ACE, discusses the government’s new Industrial Strategy and economic roadmap
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Parliament must give Article 50 go ahead, Supreme Court rules

The Supreme Court has now ruled that Parliament must give Article 50 go ahead before the process of leaving the EU can begin Today’s ruling means that the government cannot start the process of the UK leaving the EU until MPs and peers of Parliament give the go ahead to...
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May intends to ‘grasp the bigger prize’ with modern industrial strategy

Theresa May is to set out her flagship Modern Industrial Strategy today, the policy which sits at the core of her government’s vision for post-Brexit Britain The Prime Minister is using her first regional Cabinet meeting today to launch a new, more interventionist industrial strategy aimed at bridging the productivity...
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Beside the seaside: Cash to breathe new life into British coast

Communities up and down the British coast are set to benefit from a new wave of government investment aimed at boosting seaside tourism, housing and jobs The government will provide a cash boost for seaside areas with the creation of 28 new Coastal Community Teams along the British coast. The teams...
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Which local parks are under threat? 38 Degrees launches info gathering campaign

38 Degrees today launches what it calls “a people powered investigation” to find out which local parks are under threat in England The civil society organisation 38 Degrees is coordinating people across the country and asking them to write to their local councils for information on how local parks and...

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