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UK and France to strengthen links in tech sector and artificial intelligence
Britain and France’s leading tech sector will be brought closer together with plans for a digital conference to promote deeper integration in the digital economy The UK’s tech firms have attracted more venture capital funding than any other European country in 2017 putting it at the top of the list...
Will the council tax hike be enough to keep London safe?
The London Assembly Budget and Performance Committee publishes its ‘Response to the Mayor’s draft consultation budget 2018-19’ The Mayor’s key decision this year was to increase council tax by 5 percent to be mainly allocated to the Met and London’s fire service. But despite the extra cash, Sadiq Khan has...
County councul offers views on developing local labour market strategies
Cllr Simon Henig, County Councils Network spokesman for Industrial Strategy & Growth and leader of Durham County Council offers his views on developing local labour market strategies Localis’ recent report, ‘In Place of Work’, paints a challenging picture for growth in England’s county areas. It identifies three main issues that,...
Public, private, or a mix? How to best finance infrastructure
The UK must improve the way it decides between infrastructure finance options if it wants to pick the best value finance options, argues Graham Atkins from the Institute for Government The UK government is planning for £242 billion of public and private infrastructure investment between 2016/17 and 2020/21 (see fig....
Sam Gyimah is made new Universities Minister as UK cabinet reshuffle continues
Sam Gyiah will replace Jo Johnson as the new Universities Minister following the recent UK cabinet reshuffle Sam Gyimah, the former prisons minister, took on the role as the new Universities and Science Minister to replace Jo Johnson who has been appointed as the Transport Minister and Minister for London. On Twitter,...
How technology can be used to deliver public services
Bob Hallewell from Expert Messaging explains why there is a major gap in the UK government’s strategy concerning technology to deliver public services Unless you have the right approach, your technology will control your people – rather than your people controlling and benefitting from your technology. The UK government has set...
The importance of smarter working practices in government
MF Warrender of Open Access Government explores the importance of smarter working practices across government Established in 2010, The Government Property Unit (GPU) works with central government departments, striving to drive savings across the government estate. Added to this, the GPU works with local authorities to support them in achieving...
Rationalising the UK government estate through the Government Property Unit
The Government Property Unit aims to streamline the public-sector estate and generate better value for money from its assets, as OAG discovers The Government Property Unit (GPU) was set up in 2010 as part of the Cabinet Office to get better value for money from the public sector’s extensive property...
How can a Service Desk improve Government?
Dave Aspindle, Head of Public Sector at Littlefish explains how getting the Service Desk right can dramatically improve the government’s efficiency. It goes without saying, that the IT function of any organisation is paramount to its success. For any government department to succeed then an excellent service needs to be...
The UK has 48 hours to agree to a potential Brexit deal so talks...
Michel Barnier has told EU member states that the UK has 48 hours to agree to a potential Brexit deal in order for negotiations to continue
UK and EU plan Bitcoin crackdown over tax evasion fears
As the cryptocurrency hovers around the $10,000 mark, the UK and EU are threatening a bitcoin crackdown to prevent tax evasion and cybercrime
May comes closer to a Brexit deal, but Irish border remains a sticking point
Theresa May is in Brussels and is said to be getting closer to a Brexit deal but talks on the status of Northern Ireland have not progressed
Tackling the UK’s obesity epidemic
Professor Russell Viner from the Royal College of Paediatrics shares his thoughts on the UK Government’s strategy to tackle the UK’s obesity epidemic
Welcome to the era of open government
Director, Policy & Community at BCS David Evans provides an expert insight into the world of open government digital services
Clean air targets could be met sooner than expected
A new study indicates that clean air targets for reducing NO2 emissions from vehicles could be achieved sooner than expected Government clean air targets underestimate how long it will take to reduce NO2 emissions, according to new data. The research, published in Nature Geoscience, says the initial figures from the University...
Independent review ordered into immigration centre abuse
G4S has ordered an independent review into alleged immigration centre abuse as reports emerge of staff 'mocking and assaulting' detainees
Jeremy Hunt accused of ‘astonishing failure’ over drop in the number of GPs
Jeremy Hunt has been criticised after new data shows a substantial drop in the number of GPs despite his promise to boost staff
Diversity in the neighbourhood drives support for a generous asylum policy
Dr Gideon Bolt at Utrecht University shares his expert perspective on attitudes towards asylum policy in Europe
Theresa May holds in-cabinet talks on looming Brexit ‘divorce’ bill
Theresa May is due to hold in-cabinet talks on the state of Brexit negotiations with the EU as the 'divorce bill' halts progress
UK and Canada lead global alliance to phase out coal
The UK and Canada have led a global alliance of 20 countries promising to phase out coal in a bid to switch to cleaner energy