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  • GB: 25% ICT GCSE spike first in eight years

    GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) candidates received their results across the country today (23 August 2013), with a sharp increase of 25% in candidates choosing to sit the ICT exam.

    According to the Joint Council for Qualifications, ICT GCSE entries rose to 87,788 candidates sitting the exam in 2013, compared with 70,420 in 2012. This is the first time the number of ICT candidates has risen since 2005.

  • GB: A quarter of councils have no strategic plan to bring services online - report

    One in four (24 per cent) local government organisations has no strategic plan to bring services online, according to a survey of IT decision makers in local government by IT services provider Eduserv, a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity.

    Despite the local government services not being covered under the government's Digital by Default strategy, many local authorities such as Camden Council are attempting to save money and improve services through their own digital strategies.

  • GB: Alphabet partners with CityFibre to help boost smart city development

    Business mobility services provider Alphabet has announced the provision of a series of vehicles to the digital infrastructure platform CityFibre to fuel the growth of the company’s full fibre networks with gigabit speeds.

    With full fibre networks currently in place in more than 60 towns and cities in the UK, CityFibre has dedicated a number of teams out in the field, meaning the running of a fleet is now a key part of its business.

  • GB: CIO interview: Joan Miller director of Parliamentary ICT

    Computer Weekly spoke to Parliamentary ICT director Joan Miller, to ask her thoughts on how Parliament should be using technology today, as well as the challenges of digital in an evolving world.

    Miller says she is excited about the prospect of a commission: “Technology has become so much a part of how people work these days, not just an IT issue, it’s a business issue.”

    She says the commission will allow MPs to think through the impact of current technology practices and future trends.

  • GB: Cloud driving employee skill sets to become more specialised, says City & Guilds IT director

    IT employees can't stagnate with the skills they already have as a shift to the cloud requires them to specialise, according to Ian Turfrey, group board IT director at vocational education organisation City & Guilds.

    Turfrey described his organisation as a Microsoft house, adding that it has recently implemented Office 365, SharePoint online and Windows Azure.

  • GB: DCLG hands out £7m to shared service projects

    Thirty councils will share in a £7m fund to implement more shared service arrangements, local government minister Brandon Lewis has announced.

    Lewis said the money would help councils ‘overhaul the way they do business’ by integrating local health and care services, sharing finance and human resource functions and creating partnerships for better asset management.

    The 18 winning bids include a £750,000 award to implement shared services between Surrey and East Sussex county councils and their respective fire authorities.

  • GB: Department for Transport seeks support for public transport data standards

    The Department for Transport is seeking support for public transport data standards.

    In a public tender notice, the organisation said that in the past it had commissioned the creation of a small number of public transport data standards for use by the wider transport data community.

    "These standards are used for sharing information in a consistent format for stops, localities and services, and a separate standard has also been created for cycling data," an ITT statement of requirements document reads.

  • GB: Digitisation or Transformation? The significance behind the name change of the government strategy

    Toplevel strategy director Jane Roberts says digitisation is not a summit to be reached, a goal or achievement in itself; it’s a process that is dynamic and can be constantly revised and improved to fulfil its potential

    Digitisation is so last year; now it’s all about transformation. The renaming of the Government Digital Strategy as the Government Transformation Strategy, leaked in early December and expected to be published on Thursday, is more than just a rebrand, however. It aims to show that digitisation is a constant dynamic ongoing process and that “2020 does not represent an end date” for these transformations. The cynics may regard this as simply an example of some serious back-pedalling but this also indicates a more realistic appraisal of what it means to convert to digital working.

  • GB: East Midlands: North West Leicestershire: Council offers ‘shared legal services’

    A local government legal department is offering its services to other councils across the country through a commercial ‘shared services exchange’, as part of plans to reduce running costs by 40% over the next five years.

    North West Leicestershire District Council is the first legal department to join CapacityGRID, which allows local authorities to provide transactional services to each other regardless of location.

  • GB: Effective identity assurance also needs 'attribute exchange'

    Socitm briefing highlights potential of adding ability for service providers to access information online about an individual's attributes that entitle them to specific services

    Major savings and improved customer experience of transacting with government services are in sight thanks to some new work on identity assurance and particularly 'attribute exchange' involving Warwickshire County Council.

  • GB: English schools fingerprinted over 1m kids in 2012/2013

    Nearly 1.3 million school children are thought to have had their fingerprints taken in school, according to Big Brother Watch (BBW).

    The civil liberties campaign group’s findings are based on responses to Freedom of Information Act Requests sent out to 2,500 schools during the 2012-2013 academic year.

    The results revealed 866,000 children had their fingerprints taken, but BBW claims this figure is likely to be around the 1.28 million mark now.

  • GB: Ever devolving circles: Distracting from service delivery or essential democratic evolution?

    Eduserv's Jos Creese says digitally-based devolution can help address the underlying costs of public service provision -but depends on a national digital agenda to support it

    "Devolution" is, unarguably, the current government buzzword - a move away from Westminster-centric decision-making, which the Conservative administration has placed at the centre of its economic, social and democratic policy planning.

    Much of this is driven by political expediency, as well as the unprecedented and somewhat unexpected fallout from the Scottish referendum, coupled with a general dissatisfaction with the level of public policy centralisation in London.

  • GB: Flagship telehealth scheme 'cost £92,000 per QALY'

    The Government’s flagship telehealth strategy has suffered another blow as the DH-commissioned review revealed the pilot cost £92,000 per quality adjusted life year, almost three times the upper limit for cost effectiveness set by NICE.

    The official evaluation of the Department of Health funded Whole Systems Demonstrator pilot showed the approach had just an 11% likelihood of proving cost-effective for the NHS at this threshold, when added to standard care.

  • GB: Forty per cent of public-sector bodies 'have suffered data breach', lack of skills blamed

    Forty per cent of IT leaders in the public sector have admitted that their department has suffered a data breach because management is struggling to deal with the pace of change as more and more services shift towards digital.

    That's according to research released in a new report, The Public Sector - managing information through the challenge of change, published by security firm Iron Mountain.

  • GB: Gove’s new ICT curriculum sees five year olds writing programs and 3D printing in schools

    The Department for Education has released its latest English national curriculum framework document, and ICT appears to feature highly on the agenda for a change.

    The measures are planned to be brought into effect from the start of the new school year in 2014.

    Developments include Key Stage 1 (five to seven year olds) being taught about the definition of algorithms, followed by creating and debugging simple computer programs, as well as being taught to recognise common uses of ICT beyond school.

  • GB: Goverment imposes new targets for telehealth initiative

    GPs will be compelled to make telehealth more readily available as the Government set a target for the scheme to be offered to 100,000 patients across seven regions within the year.

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told an Age UK conference that seven ‘pathfinders’, including CCGs and local authorities, are set to agree contracts with suppliers to offer telehealth to patients in the next year. This will pave the way for the Department of Health to reach its target of offering the service to three million people by 2017.

  • GB: Government creates ministerial group to aid digital transformation

    The government has created a new group which will focus on reforming the UK's digital public services.

    The government has been focused on making things ‘digital by default' since 2010 under former Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude.

    His replacement, Matt Hancock, announced the creation of the ministerial group on government digital technology, which will focus on providing better access for citizens to government services - something that Whitehall has been working on for years - but will also focus on building a series of digital "platforms".

  • GB: Government has failed to provide guidelines on use of biometric data, warn MPs

    The government has failed to properly legislate for the increasing use of biometric data, leading to oversights and gaps in how it is managed, MPs have warned.

    The Science and Technology Committee has voiced concerns about how information is collected, stored and used in its 'Current and future uses of biometric data and technologies' report.

  • GB: Government ICT spend continues to decline

    The government is continuing to drastically reduce its public sector ICT spend, a new report has said, claiming that the sector could see a further 10 per cent decline by the end of 2012.

    According to the report by Tech Market View - a research analysis group, the government ICT sector saw a 2.3 per cent decline in 2011.

    Whitehall departments and agencies are now expected to suffer the most drastic decline in market size over the next four years.

  • GB: Government not doing enough with data it holds – TechUK

    The government isn't doing enough to make the most of the data it has at its disposal, according to TechUK, the trade association that counts more than 850 companies as its members.

    Sureyya Cansoy, a director at TechUK, said that different industries were at different points of their journeys in making the most out of data, with retail and transport ahead of other sectors.

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