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UK — Digital and technology skills matrix

February 27, 2015 Comments off

Digital and technology skills matrix
Source: Cabinet Office

This spreadsheet will help digital and technology specialists identify the skills that:

  • they need to work effectively in a digital environment
  • are needed by their organisation to complete a project or maintain a service
  • they want to develop

Any given role in an organisation will use skills from several of the skills groups, so users should choose the groups which are most relevant for their needs.

Each skills group is given a separate tab listing skills for that area of expertise, along with some helpful resources.

The matrix is also available in manual format as the Digital and technology skills reference guide.

UK — Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia 2020

February 24, 2015 Comments off

Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia 2020
Source: Department of Health, Cabinet Office and Prime Minister’s Office

It sets out what this government wants to see in place by 2020 in order for England to be:

+ the best country in the world for dementia care and support and for people with dementia, their carers and families to live; and
+ the best place in the world to undertake research into dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases

It also highlights the progress to date on improving dementia care, support and research.

Variation in the Inflation Experience of UK Households, 2003-2014

February 23, 2015 Comments off

Variation in the Inflation Experience of UK Households, 2003-2014
Source: Office for National Statistics

  • The inflation experience of UK households has varied between 2003 and 2014.
  • The rate of inflation experienced by lower-spending households has averaged 3.3% per year over this period, compared with 2.3% per year for the higher-spending households.
  • The rate of inflation experienced by among the lowest income households has averaged 2.7% per year, compared with 2.4% per year for those around two-thirds of the way up the income distribution.
  • Price growth has also been faster for retired households than for non-retired households, and for households without children relative to households with children, although these differences are smaller than those seen between income and expenditure groups.
  • Inflation differences within sub-groups are also substantial, in particular among retired households.
  • Housing costs, and the prevalence of owner-occupation play an important role in the inflation experience of households.
  • A ‘democratically-weighted’ price index – which weights the inflation experience of households equally – would have been around 0.3 percentage points higher than the CPI on average over this period.

UK — Suicide prevention: second annual report

February 20, 2015 Comments off

Suicide prevention: second annual report
Source: Department of Health

This report summarises the latest trends, research and developments on suicide prevention in England.

The report:

  • calls on services to be more ambitious about suicide prevention, and challenge the assumption that suicide is inevitable
  • highlights 3 areas in England that have already adopted a zero suicide ambition
  • outlines how services can improve by adopting this new attitude and effective interventions

The annual report has been prepared with the input of leading experts in the field of suicide prevention, including the members of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group.

UK — Emerging technologies: big data

February 18, 2015 Comments off

Emerging technologies: big data
Source: Cabinet Office

In this paper, ‘big data’ refers to:

  • large volumes of data with high level of complexity
  • the analysis used for the data that requires more advanced techniques and technologies to gain meaningful information and insights in real time

The main trends include:

  • the emergence of cloud computing
  • new software tools and database systems for large, unstructured datasets,
  • refining analytical tools so that they can process vast quantities of data in near-real time
  • monetisation of big data sources
  • concerns around privacy of data and intellectual property
  • the rise of global smart cities

UK — Measuring National Well-being – Our Relationships, 2015

February 17, 2015 Comments off

Measuring National Well-being – Our Relationships, 2015
Source: Office for National Statistics

This article focuses on people’s relationships with both family and friends. However, these relationships do not operate in isolation, and relationships within the wider community and the workplace are also analysed. The ONS Measuring National Well-being programme aims to produce accepted and trusted measures of the well-being of the nation – how the UK as a whole is doing.

UK — Research and analysis: Report on small firms 2010 to 2015 by Lord Young

February 12, 2015 Comments off

Research and analysis: Report on small firms 2010 to 2015 by Lord Young
Source: Prime Minister’s Office, 10 Downing Street, Cabinet Office and Department for Business, Innovation & Skills

There are now a record number of small firms in the UK, 5.2 million, an increase of 760,000 since 2010, and a record number of people in work.

It finds that our changing relationship with the internet has brought down barriers to help people turn good ideas into viable businesses. The government has rolled out super-fast broadband to over 2 million UK homes and businesses. The increasing use of tablets and smartphones providing mobile internet access has made it easier for business owners to reach their customers and make sales.

The report charts a culture change; more people are choosing to be their own boss because of conviction in their own ideas. It also covers enterprise in education, changing public procurement, finance models and support for businesses, and includes case studies.

It also outlines how government policies providing more support for small firms and new enterprises have helped change the business environment over the past 5 years.

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