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UK — Beyond the adoption order: challenges, intervention, disruption

April 11, 2014 Comments off

Beyond the adoption order: challenges, intervention, disruption
Source: Department for Education

Research looking at adoption disruptions and how the adoption system can be improved.

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UK — Policy Paper: International classified information

April 10, 2014 Comments off

Policy Paper: International classified information
Source: Cabinet Office

This document sets out:

  • how the UK protects international classified information provided to government
  • how the government can exchange UK classified information with international partners
  • the various roles and responsibilities of UK government departments, agencies and contractors

UK — Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration 42nd report: 2014

March 26, 2014 Comments off

Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration 42nd report: 2014
Source: Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration, Department of Health and Office of Manpower Economics

This report sets out the DDRB analysis of evidence given by relevant organisations and makes proposals on doctors and dentists’ pay from April 2014.

Inequality in Healthy Life Expectancy at Birth by National Deciles of Area Deprivation: England, 2009-11

March 25, 2014 Comments off

Inequality in Healthy Life Expectancy at Birth by National Deciles of Area Deprivation: England, 2009-11
Source: Office for National Statistics

Key Findings

  • Males in the most advantaged areas can expect to live 19.3 years longer in ‘Good’ health than those in the least advantaged areas as measured by the slope index of inequality (SII). For females this was 20.1 years.
  • The largest differences in healthy life expectancy between neighbouring deciles were found between the most deprived area groupings.
  • Males in the most deprived areas have a life expectancy 9.2 years shorter (when measured by the range) than males in the least deprived areas, they also spend a smaller proportion of their shorter lives in ‘Good’ health (70.9% compared to 85.2%).
  • Females in the most deprived areas have a life expectancy 6.8 years shorter (when measured by the range) than females in the least deprived areas they also expect to spend 16.9% less of their life in ‘Good’ health (66.5% compared to 83.4%).

UK — Open Public Services 2014

March 20, 2014 Comments off

Open Public Services 2014
Source: Cabinet Office

The Open Public Services (OPS) White Paper, published in 2011, set out the government’s approach to reforming public services, based on the principles of choice, diversity, accountability, decentralisation and fair access.

This progress report shows how far government has come in reforming public services in line with these principles. It demonstrates how these reforms have improved the quality of our public services and made sure services can respond to individual choices and people’s real life, complex needs.

Climate Change: Evidence and Causes (PDF Booklet) (2014)

March 19, 2014 Comments off

Climate Change: Evidence and Causes (PDF Booklet) (2014)
Source: National Academy of Sciences, Royal Society

Climate Change: Evidence and Causes is a jointly produced publication of The US National Academy of Sciences and The Royal Society. Written by a UK-US team of leading climate scientists and reviewed by climate scientists and others, the publication is intended as a brief, readable reference document for decision makers, policy makers, educators, and other individuals seeking authoritative information on the some of the questions that continue to be asked.

Climate Change makes clear what is well-established and where understanding is still developing. It echoes and builds upon the long history of climate-related work from both national academies, as well as on the newest climate-change assessment from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It touches on current areas of active debate and ongoing research, such as the link between ocean heat content and the rate of warming.

UK — Cyber security skills: a guide for business

March 17, 2014 Comments off

Cyber security skills: a guide for business
Source: Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, Cabinet Office and Government Communications Headquarters

This guidance sets out a range of government and industry-supported cyber security skills activities and initiatives. It details how individual businesses can find out more, and participate and benefit from the initiatives.

UK Gross Domestic Expenditure on Research and Development, 2012

March 15, 2014 Comments off

UK Gross Domestic Expenditure on Research and Development, 2012
Source: Office for National Statistics

Key Points

  • In 2012, the UK’s gross domestic expenditure on research and development (GERD), in current prices, decreased by 2% to £27.0 billion compared with 2011. Adjusted for inflation, in constant prices, research and development (R&D) expenditure decreased by 3%.
  • In constant prices, R&D expenditure has increased by 56% from the 1985 estimate of £17.3 billion. Expenditure peaked in 2011 at £27.9 billion.
  • The business sector performed 63% of UK R&D expenditure in 2012. Expenditure by this sector decreased by 2%, in current prices, to £17.1 billion in 2012, compared with 2011.
  • Total R&D expenditure in the UK in 2012 represented 1.72% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), a decrease from 1.77% in 2011.
  • International comparisons show that UK R&D expenditure in 2012 was below the EU-28 provisional estimate of 2.06% of GDP.

UK — Effective health care for vulnerable groups prevented by data gaps

March 13, 2014 Comments off

Effective health care for vulnerable groups prevented by data gaps
Source: Department of Health

This report, from the Data and Research Working Group of the National Inclusion Health Board (NIHB):

  • identifies where to find good data and the gaps in information and data where the burdens of ill health and untimely death are greatest for vulnerable groups (vulnerable migrants, gypsies and travellers, homeless people, and sex workers)
  • is for data providers, healthcare professionals, commissioners and others working to improve the health of the vulnerable groups

The report concludes that:

  • it is impossible to obtain a comprehensive picture of the vulnerable groups’ health
  • the health needs of some of the most vulnerable people in society continue to be invisible to health commissioners and the wider health system planners
  • the health needs of the vulnerable groups sometimes place heavy and unpredictable demands on the health service, which may result in multiple avoidable visits to hospital
  • the data gaps prevent effective monitoring of health care use and seriously undermine local efforts by NHS and local government to understand and prioritise the local needs of the vulnerable groups

Suicides in the United Kingdom, 2012 Registrations

February 27, 2014 Comments off

Suicides in the United Kingdom, 2012 Registrations
Source: Office for National Statistics

Key Points

  • In 2012, 5,981 suicides in people aged 15 and over were registered in the UK, 64 fewer than in 2011.
  • The UK suicide rate was 11.6 deaths per 100,000 population in 2012, but there are significant differences in suicide rates between men and women. Male suicide rates were more than three times higher at 18.2 male deaths compared with 5.2 female deaths per 100,000 population.
  • The highest suicide rate was among men aged 40 to 44, at 25.9 deaths per 100,000 population.
  • The most common methods of suicide in the UK in 2012 were hanging, strangulation and suffocation (58% of male suicides and 36% of female suicides) and poisoning (43% of female suicides and 20% of male suicides).
  • In 2012 in England, the suicide rate was highest in the North West at 12.4 deaths per 100,000 population and lowest in London at 8.7 per 100,000 population.
  • The median registration delay for deaths where suicide was the underlying cause of death was 155 days in England and Wales and 144 days in Northern Ireland. In Scotland, the time taken to register a death did not exceed the allocated eight days.

UK — Measuring National Well-being – Governance, 2014

February 26, 2014 Comments off

Measuring National Well-being – Governance, 2014
Source: Office for National Statistics

This article is published as part of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Measuring National Well-being Programme. The programme aims to produce accepted and trusted measures of the well-being of the nation – how the UK as a whole is doing. This article explores in more detail aspects of governance considered important for understanding National Well-being. It considers information on forms of civic engagement, notably satisfaction with government and democracy, interest in politics and participation in politics.

UK — Wildlife Law: Control of Invasive Non-native Species

February 26, 2014 Comments off

Wildlife Law: Control of Invasive Non-native Species
Source: Law Commission of England

On 11 February 2014, we published our final report, Wildlife Law: Control of Invasive Non-native Species. This is the first item to be delivered from the full project. This element of the project was brought forward at the request of Defra and the Welsh Government to enable them to consider whether to introduce early legislation.

Invasive non-native species are ones that arrive as a result of human action and cause environmental and economic damage. They pose a significant threat to ecosystems as well as damaging property and infrastructure. Existing law does not contain sufficient powers to allow for their timely and effective control or eradication. Our recommendations in relation to species control orders will allow for a proportionate and necessary response to an increasing problem.

UK — Communique: strengthening the cyber security of our essential services

February 21, 2014 Comments off

Communique: strengthening the cyber security of our essential services
Source: Cabinet Office, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and National security and intelligence

A joint communique from ministers, senior officials and regulators sets out steps to address cyber security challenges for essential services.

UK — Psychological wellbeing and work: improving service provision and outcomes

February 6, 2014 Comments off

Psychological wellbeing and work: improving service provision and outcomes
Source: Department for Work & Pensions and Department of Health

This report by RAND Europe explores proposals to improve employment and health outcomes for people with common mental health problems. It was commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health through the Cabinet Office’s Contestable Policy Fund.

The report makes a number of recommendations. These include:

  • using evidence-based models to provide services that combine employment and mental health support
  • increasing integration between existing treatment and employment services to improve outcomes in both areas
  • applying evidence-based models in new ways or a using combination of approaches
  • providing timely access to coordinated treatment and employment support for a greater number of people with common mental health problems

The government is currently considering propsals in the report to improve support for people with common mental health problems and improve integration between employment and health services. These include:

  • developing the link between psychological therapies and employment support
  • enhancing support for those out of work to build resilience
  • providing access to a range of work and wellbeing assessments online, by telephone and face to face

Spear Phishing

January 17, 2014 Comments off

Spear Phishing
Source: Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (UK)

Overview
Spear Phishing is a type of cyber-attack used by a range of adversaries to steal information or cause disruption to an organisation’s business. This CPNI guidance introduces how these attacks work, their success rate, whether you are likely to be targeted and the steps an organisation can take to manage the business risks.

Who is this aimed at?
The document is aimed at IT Security managers and employees looking to understand more around the threat from Spear Phishing and ways they can protect their organisation.

Key messages

  • How does Spear Phishing work?
  • Online Reconnaissance
  • Construction of Spear Phishing emails
  • Spear Phishing via web browsers
  • The business impact of Spear Phishing
  • How to defend against Spear Phishing

UK — Increasing diversity in public appointments

January 14, 2014 Comments off

Increasing diversity in public appointments
Source: Cabinet Office

The government has an aspiration that by 2015 half of all new appointees to the boards of public bodies will be women.

This action plan identifies potential barriers to appointments and puts in place a number of actions to overcome them.

UK — Crime against businesses: Detailed findings from the 20 12 Commercial Victimisation Survey

November 27, 2013 Comments off

Crime against businesses: Detailed findings from the 2012 Commercial Victimisation Survey (PDF)
Source: Home Office

This is the second release of data from the 2012 Commercial Victimisation Survey (CVS), wh ich further examines the extent of crime against businesses in England and Wales. The CVS was a recommendation from the National Statistician‟s review of crime statistics to address the significant gap in crime statistics that existed for crimes against businesses, not covered by either of the two main sources of da ta on crime: the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) and crimes recorded by the police. While police recorded crime does include crimes against businesses, it does not separate these out from other crimes (other than for offences such as shoplifting which, by its nature, is against businesses). The police recorded crime also only includes those crimes that are reported to, and recorded by, the police. The CSEW is a survey of crime against households and individuals living in those households and so does not cover crime against businesses at all. The CVS was previously run in 1994 and 2002, and is planned to be repeated in 2013 and 2014.

The 2012 CVS was a premises – based survey focused on four industry sectors: manufacturing, wholesale and retail , transportation and storage, and accommodation and food. The results of the survey should not be considered to be representative of crime against businesses as a whole, only of crime against these four sectors.

Railway Suicides in the UK: risk factors and prevention strategies

November 13, 2013 Comments off

Railway Suicides in the UK: risk factors and prevention strategies (PDF)
Source: National Health Service and British Transport Police
From press release:

The lack of research on the gender and ethnicity of people who take their own lives on the UK railway system obscures an urgent need for more effective preventive strategies, a new report has claimed.

‘Railway Suicides in the UK: Risk factors and prevention strategies’, commissioned by NHS England, and produced by mental health charity Careif and the Cultural Consultation Service, reveals inconsistencies in how data on suicide is collected and the way emergency services, government agencies and the police collaborate.

In addition, the widely reported association between mental illness and railway suicide, believed to be due to a station’s proximity to in-patient psychiatric units and severe forms of mental illness such as schizophrenia, requires further research, according to the study.

Among the report’s recommendations is:
• The need for a standardised framework to collect information on suicide, including ethnicity and previous contact with care services
• Better coordination between emergency services to help prevent railway suicides
• More effective intervention in high-risk groups with steps to improve public awareness and public mental health and wellbeing in general
• Implementation of an emergency pathway across all agencies nationally to enable a consistent and coherent response.

State of the Nation 2013: Social Mobility and Child Poverty in Great Britain

October 21, 2013 Comments off

State of the Nation 2013: Social Mobility and Child Poverty in Great Britain
Source: Social Mobility & Child Poverty Commission (UK)

The legally-binding goal of ending child poverty by 2020 is likely to be missed by a considerable margin, and progress on social mobility may be undermined by the twin problems of high youth unemployment and falling living standards. So finds the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission in its first State of the Nation Annual Report.

The Commission is a statutory body set up to monitor the progress of government and others in tackling child poverty and improving social mobility. Over the last 9 months, we have looked carefully at evidence on living standards and life chances in Britain.

We believe the UK Government deserves credit for sticking to commitments to end child poverty by 2020 and for adding a new one of making social mobility the principal aim of its social policy. But while we see considerable efforts and a raft of initiatives to make Britain a fairer place, we do not believe the scale and effort is enough for progress to be likely. In particular:

• since 2010 children in workless households have fallen 15% but recently there has been a 275,000 rise in the numbers of poor children in absolute poverty. Projections by the Institute for Fiscal Studies suggest that targets on poverty will be missed by 2 million children;

• there are more people in work than ever before but the numbers of young people unemployed for two years or more are at a twenty-year high and Government has been too slow to act;

• real median weekly earnings are now lower than they have been for more than a decade, putting many more families under pressure

UK — Government Security Classifications

October 18, 2013 Comments off

Government Security Classifications
Source: Cabinet Office

The Government Security Classification Policy and accompanying guidance. This will come into force in April 2014.

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