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Capita chosen for Welsh fire service collaboration support
By Neil Merrett
Software agreement will support operation of shared control room services between multiple fire and police services upon going live next May
Public Services > Blue light > News
HP withdraws from emergency services network contest
By Neil Merrett
A total of six suppliers are now confirmed to be competing for ESN contracts, with award process still scheduled for this later year
Public Services > Blue light > News

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Central Government

Manzoni calls on Whitehall departments to beef up their spending plans
By David Bicknell
Civil service chief executive sets out thinking behind creation of "Single Departmental Plans"
Public Services > Central government > News
Crothers to leave commercial officer role
By David Bicknell
Recruitment for a new government chief commercial officer to begin immediately
Public Services > Central government > News

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Local Government

CGI set for £186m Edinburgh ICT services contract
By David Bicknell
CGI to be preferred bidder for seven year contract which aims to transform council services and save £45m over seven years
Public Services > Devolved > News
Bristol picks Civica to help drive improved housing management
By David Bicknell
Cloud-driven council will use Housing Cx system in £1.9m, five-year contract to underpin services for 61,000 tenants
Infrastructure > Cloud > News

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Healthcare

£75m spent on IT for NHS reforms
By David Bicknell
Jeremy Hunt statement on NHS modernisation also reveals £323m costs of setting up CCGs and £395m on closing bodies such as PCTs
Public Services > Central government > News
US Hospital group to "mentor" NHS trusts on safety and technology
By Neil Merrett
£12.5m agreement signed with Virginia Mason Institute to support five trusts in building their efficiency and technology skills as part of wider reform plans
Business > Efficiency > News

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Police

Forces battle Home Office's October PSN deadline
By David Bicknell
Migrating to Windows 8.1 and meeting PSN compliance could cost £2m for two South-East forces
Infrastructure > Devices > News
Met set to outsource three key back-office services to SSCL
By David Bicknell
Decision to outsource finance, procurement and HR to Sopra Steria-Cabinet Office joint venture set to be runner-stamped at 29th July meeting
Services > Outsourcing > News

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Education

Capita makes Pervasive Networks acquisition
By Neil Merrett
Move increases capabilities of Capita's Technology Solutions division in areas such as information security, networking, and unified communications
Public Services > Education > News
CCS launches ICT Services for Education framework
By Neil Merrett
Framework will replace 2010 BECTA agreement to provide specialist ICT services to broad range of education providers
Public Services > Education > News

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National Security

MoD to unveil new ICT strategy this year
By Neil Merrett
New approach, driven by assured, common ICT services and infrastructure, will support ministry's work at back office and operational level
Business > Flexible Working > News
Investigatory powers review calls for new law to replace RIPA
By David Bicknell
Draft legislation expected to be published in the autumn; report says intelligence agencies should retain powers to gather bulk communications data but says ministers should be stripped of their powers to authorise surveillance warrants
Management > Identity > News

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Geographical Information

CGI set for £186m Edinburgh ICT services contract
By David Bicknell
CGI to be preferred bidder for seven year contract which aims to transform council services and save £45m over seven years
Public Services > Devolved > News
Digital and devolution mark Osborne's spending review plans
By David Bicknell
Government looks to achieve £20bn of savings; review will be published at the end of November
Public Services > Central government > News

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Justice

MoJ brings forward courts Wi-Fi target date
By Neil Merrett
Ministry expects to complete implementing Wi-Fi at 302 sites by October this year as part of wider digital overhaul to support collaborative working
Business > Efficiency > News
Cabinet Office completes XP migration
By Neil Merrett
Whitehall understood to have completed migration from unsupported software, with other departments currently finalising switch
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Transport

'Emergency Budget' outlines welfare reforms and devolution aims
By Neil Merrett
Chancellor outlines plans for £12bn of savings by restructuring benefits system; no mention of previous plans for GDS to support local government digital transformation
Public Services > Central government > News
TfL launches £400m networks tower procurement
By Neil Merrett
Exercise underway to appoint a supplier of wide area network (WAN) services under initial five year contract
Business > Procurement > News



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