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Harrow to share procurement services with Brent and Bucks Outsourcing and joint working also considered, but were rejected; shared service will enable Harrow to achieve savings of £290k and Brent £270k over the next two years Public Services > Local government > News

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News in Brief - April 27
By Neil Merrett
The government looks at blockchain to support grant management, the MoD signs two year future application hosting environment deal with CGI and the Charity Commission details a self service digital drive
Public Services > Central government > News
HMCTS: digital justice reform plans "well advanced"
By Neil Merrett
Organisation to focus later this year on new online service functions and work with Crown Prosecution Service on shared digital platform to manage criminal cases
Infrastructure > Cloud > News

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Procurement

NAO warns over ICT and data at heart of probation reforms
By David Bicknell
Watchdog also fears for investment necessary to replace inefficient technology used by probation trusts, particularly systems for offender case management
Public Services > Justice > News
DfE courts partners for schools' bulk tablet procurement
By Neil Merrett
A series of webinars is to be held this month around CCS exercise designed to better negotiate the discounted purchasing of several types of device
Public Services > Central government > News

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Efficiency

HMRC publishes print and scan notice
By David Bicknell
PIN details services worth estimated £175m covering five lots including document design, composition and control, central and bulk print services, email delivery and image capture
Infrastructure > Devices > News
Councils get £500k funding for digital and data projects
By David Bicknell
34 councils have gained funding for schemes to transform local services; winners include Adur, Worthing and West Sussex, Leeds and Calderdale, and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
Business > Efficiency > News

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Transformation

GOV.UK Verify tomeet live service requirements "shortly"
By Neil Merrett
ID assurance platform will not meet intended April target to switch from Beta; assessments of digital service standards and privacy impact yet to be published
Public Services > Central government > News
NAO warns over ICT and data at heart of probation reforms
By David Bicknell
Watchdog also fears for investment necessary to replace inefficient technology used by probation trusts, particularly systems for offender case management
Public Services > Justice > News

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Flexible Working

BIS outlines preferred Land Registry privatisation plan
Government argues that control over ownership of accurate data register can be maintained by shifting organisation to private sector for revenue and digital service benefits
Public Services > Central government > News
Met CSC towers speed up digital policing and wider Cloud use
By David Bicknell
Up to 20,000 tablets for officers' crime-scene reporting and a move to hybrid cloud set to follow end user and hosting contracts
Management > CIO > News







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