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UK — Securing technology at the OFFICIAL classification

January 28, 2015 Comments off

Securing technology at the OFFICIAL classification
Source: Cabinet Office and CESG

The OFFICIAL classification is used to manage the majority of information that is created or processed by the public sector. This includes routine information about business operations and services, some of which could have damaging consequences if lost or stolen.

Security at OFFICIAL is achieved through commercial good practice, using commodity technologies and people taking personal responsibility and using their judgement actively. Government-wide security standards are met through meeting clearly defined outcomes and working within common frameworks rather than applying prescriptive controls. The Government Security Policy Framework describes government’s overall approach to protective security.

Whilst technology risks must always be effectively managed, there are opportunities for organisations to develop innovative solutions and use modern, commodity technologies and tools. Security should always considered when making decisions about technology, and it should be balanced against other aspects of the service.

This page will be updated with new guidance as it is issued by the Cabinet Office and CESG, the Information Security arm of GCHQ, and the UK National Technical Authority for Information Assurance.

2011 Census Analysis: Do the Demographic and Socio-Economic Characteristics of those Living Alone in England and Wales Differ from the General Population?

January 27, 2015 Comments off

2011 Census Analysis: Do the Demographic and Socio-Economic Characteristics of those Living Alone in England and Wales Differ from the General Population?
Source: Office for National Statistics

This story analyses the characteristics of those living alone within the household population aged 16 and over, and the broader usually resident population, using data from the 2011 Census. Characteristics analysed include age and sex, housing tenure, qualifications and ethnicity. Geographical variations in those living alone are also highlighted.

UK — Government Digital Strategy: annual report 2014

January 23, 2015 Comments off

Government Digital Strategy: annual report 2014
Source: Government Digital Service and Cabinet Office

A yearly update on the progress of government departments in carrying out the Government Digital Strategy.

UK — Resource nationalism

January 20, 2015 Comments off

Resource nationalism
Source: Cabinet Office

This paper explores resource nationalism, particularly for energy and metal and mineral supplies, and the potential implications for the UK.

Resource nationalism is defined as anti-competitive behaviour designed to restrict the international supply of a natural resource. Population growth, the uneven worldwide distribution of resources, and governance issues can lead to resource nationalism.

Resource nationalism is likely to have a greater effect on global terms of trade when a natural resource is only produced in few countries. In these markets, countries can affect global prices for raw materials and have most to gain from resource nationalism. In these cases, there is potential for the main producers (companies or countries) to act together to manipulate global prices.

The risk of resource nationalism may be higher for some lesser-known metals and minerals than resources such as oil, coal and gas.

UK — Scaling community lenders: the role of social investment

January 16, 2015 Comments off

Scaling community lenders: the role of social investment
Source: Cabinet Office

The community lending sector is diverse. It includes credit unions, personal lending Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs) and other lenders, including housing associations. This report examines the potential role of social investment in this sector, by exploring 3 ideas:

  • community lenders have limited access to the capital they require to grow
  • community lenders have an immediate need for investment
  • social investment can play a role in meeting some of this demand

UK — Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s annual report published

January 9, 2015 Comments off

Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s annual report published
Source: Home Office

Today the Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s first annual report was laid before Parliament.

The report sets out how the Commissioner:

+ Continues to promote the surveillance camera code of practice
+ Has launched an easy-to-use self-assessment tool for any organisation to demonstrate how they are meeting the principles in the code
+ Has continued work of his predecessor to simplify the CCTV standards framework in order to encourage the industry and operators of CCTV systems to meet minimum standards
+ Will be issuing guidance to users of domestic CCTV following his concerns about the growing number of complaints around the use of CCTV at people’s homes.

Life Expectancy at Birth and at Age 65 by Local Areas in England and Wales, 2011–13

January 8, 2015 Comments off

Life Expectancy at Birth and at Age 65 by Local Areas in England and Wales, 2011–13
Source: Office for National Statistics

Key findings

  • In 2011–13, the inequality in life expectancy between the local areas with the highest and lowest figures was greater for newborn baby boys than girls, but slightly greater for women than men at age 65.
  • The inequality in life expectancy between the local areas with the highest and lowest figures increased for newborn baby boys, but reduced for girls between 2007–09 and 2011–13.
  • Life expectancy at birth and at age 65 increased at a faster pace in London, the North East and the North West compared with other regions between 2007–09 and 2011–13.
  • In 2011–13, approximately 32% of local areas in the East, 43% in the South East and 28% in the South West were in the fifth of areas with the highest male life expectancy at birth.
  • In contrast, there was no local area in the North East and Wales in this group. A similar pattern was observed for females.
  • In 2011–13, life expectancy for newborn baby boys was highest in South Cambridgeshire (83.0 years); 8.7 years longer than in Blackpool with the lowest (74.3 years).
  • For newborn baby girls, life expectancy was highest in Chiltern (86.4 years); 6.4 years longer than in Manchester with the lowest (80.0 years).
  • For men at age 65, life expectancy was highest in Harrow (21.1 years) and lowest in Manchester (16.0 years).
  • For women at age 65, life expectancy was highest in Camden (24.0 years) and lowest in Halton (18.8 years).
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