Archive for the ‘Cabinet Office’ Category

UK — The Olympic and Paralympic legacy: Inspired by 2012 – second annual report

July 25, 2014 Comments off

The Olympic and Paralympic legacy: Inspired by 2012 – second annual report
Source: Cabinet Office

This report describes the activities which took place in the second year since the Games to build a lasting legacy across a number of commitments, namely sport and healthy living, the regeneration of east London, bringing communities together, the Paralympic legacy and economic growth.

The report includes a foreword by the Prime Minister and the Mayor of London, and an assessment of progress by Lord Sebastian Coe, the Prime Minister’s Olympic & Paralympic Legacy Ambassador.

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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 — 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.

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 — 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 — 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 — 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.

UK — International Procedures for United Kingdom Personnel Security Clearances

October 9, 2013 Comments off

International Procedures for United Kingdom Personnel Security Clearances (PDF)
Source: Cabinet Office

The UK National Security Authority (NSA) Security Notice UKNSA-SN2011-01, issued on 26 July 2011, explained to our international partners the procedures to follow when making Personnel Security Clearance (PSC) applications for UK nationals who require access to international classified information.

This Security Notice covers several topics concerning UK personnel security procedures.

To aid readers we have included several hyperlinks to guide users to the relevant parts for their organisation. The main topics covered by the Security Notice are:

  • Section I: Security Clearance Requests (Pages 3-6)
  • Section II: UK PSC Certificates (Page 7)
  • Section III: Change in Personal Circumstances (Page 8)
  • Section IV: Security Assurance Requests (between NSAs) (Pages 9-10)

Scotland analysis: Macroeconomic and fiscal performance

September 5, 2013 Comments off

Scotland analysis: Macroeconomic and fiscal performance
Source: Cabinet Office and HM Treasury (UK)

The fifth paper in the UK government’s Scotland analysis series, which looks at Scotland’s place in the UK and how it contributes to and benefits from being part of the UK.

UK –National Risk Register for Civil Emergencies – 2013 edition

July 12, 2013 Comments off

National Risk Register for Civil Emergencies – 2013 edition
Source: Cabinet Office

The National Risk Register of Civil Emergencies July 2013 edition has been published and provides an updated government assessment of the likelihood and potential impact of a range of different civil emergency risks (including naturally and accidentally occurring hazards and malicious threats) that may directly affect the UK over the next 5 years. It also provides information on how the UK government and local respondents such as emergency services prepare for these emergencies.

Members of the public, organisations and businesses wishing to be better prepared for emergencies may find the National Risk Register a useful reference document.

UK — Open Data White Paper: Unleashing the Potential

July 6, 2012 Comments off

Open Data White Paper: Unleashing the Potential
Source: Cabinet Office

Today we publish our Open Data command paper, which sets out how we’re putting data and transparency at the heart of government and public services.

We’re making it easier to access public data; easier for data publishers to release data in standardised, open formats; and engraining a ‘presumption to publish’ unless specific reasons (such as privacy or national security) can be clearly articulated.

From the Prime Minister down, central Government is committed to making Open Data an effective engine of economic growth, social wellbeing, political accountability and public service improvement.

UK — Tackling Fraud and Error in Government: A Report of the Fraud, Error and Debt Taskforce

February 10, 2012 Comments off

Tackling Fraud and Error in Government: A Report of the Fraud, Error and Debt Taskforce
Source: Cabinet Office

This report sets out an ambitious but focused delivery programme that seeks to reduce levels of fraud and error across Government. We must continue to work together to support the national fraud strategy ‘Fighting Fraud Together’, and demonstrate the significant financial benefits that can be made in reducing the harm of fraud and error in the public sector. The Fraud, Error and Debt Taskforce will continue to drive forward this activity over the next few years, helping to facilitate collaborative working between central and local government, and the public, private and civil sector in order to enhance our approach.

+ Full Report (PDF)

The August riots in England – understanding the involvement of young people

November 7, 2011 Comments off

The August riots in England – understanding the involvement of young people (PDF)
Source: Cabinet Office

This report has focused on the question: “Why did young people get involved in the riots?” It identifies various motivations, influencing factors and decision-making processes which affected young people’s behaviour. The findings are complex but a clear picture emerges. Although there were differences in the way events unfolded in different areas, the underlying factors and issues were very similar:

  • The riots had no precedent in young people’s experience: it was “a day like no other”, when normal rules did not seem to apply and for some “moments of madness” led to atypical behaviour.
  • Young people’s involvement in the rioting – what they actually did – can be classified into four main categories: watchers, rioters, looters and non-involved. Some young people moved through different types of behaviour during the riots: for example, curious watchers who went out to see what happened got caught up in events and become opportunistic looters.
  • A set of initial motivations for involvement can be identified as directly related to how young people expected to benefit from their actions: excitement; “free stuff”; getting back at the police.
  • How and whether young people acted on these motivations depended on situational factors that related to “on-the-night” group processes and dynamics, peer pressure and what young people saw happening around them.
  • Young people also “brought with them” an additional set of influences: individual factors including previous history of criminality and involvement with the police; factors that related to the attitudes and attachment to family and community; and wider societal factors such as local youth provision, poverty and materialism.

Decisions about whether to get involved were based on what young people thought was right or wrong; and whether they felt the benefits to themselves outweighed the risks. These decisions were influenced by all the above factors. The range of factors identified affected decisions in different ways for different people: someone who initially saw the actions as justifiable, could end up deciding the personal risk was too great to get involved; someone who was initially unsure about taking part could end up deciding the chance of getting caught was minimal and so get involved.

Young people in unaffected areas reported a set of contextual factors that could have resulted in them making the same decisions as those in the affected areas. But, crucially, some key facilitators (such as less obvious inequality in Sheffield) were missing, or important inhibitors (such as resistance of local communities) were present, meaning that riots did not take place.

UK — Independent Transparency and Privacy Review

September 25, 2011 Comments off

Independent Transparency and Privacy Review
Source: Cabinet Office

The Cabinet Office has published an independent review of the impact of transparency on privacy, in line with an announcement made by the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, in December 2010.

The review was commissioned to inform the Government’s approach to the release of data as part of the Transparency Agenda. It was led by Dr Kieron O’Hara, a Senior Research Fellow in electronics and computer science at the University of Southampton and an expert in the fields of privacy, trust and web science.

+ Summary and Recommendations (PDF)
+ Full Report (PDF)

UK — Role of the Telecommunications Industry in Emergency Planning

August 24, 2011 Comments off

Role of the Telecommunications Industry in Emergency Planning
Source: Cabinet Office

The Telecommunications industry play a crucial role in helping to ensuring a secure and resilient United Kingdom. There is a strong industry lead in this area with the Electronic Communications Resilience and Response Group (EC-RRG) [DN: Please link to the page created today entitled: The Electronic Communications – Resilience and Response Group (EC-RRG)] providing a forum for the telecommunications industry to discuss resilience issues. They also maintain the National Emergency Plan for the Telecommunications Sector and are responsible for the National Emergency Alert for Telecommunications (NEAT).

An Introduction to the Telecoms Sector in PDF

EC-RRG Terms of Reference in PDF

UK — Food Procurement Reporting

August 12, 2011 Comments off

Food Procurement Reporting
Source: Cabinet Office

In June 2011, the coalition Government set out an agreement which included a commitment by the Government to “ensure food procured by government departments, and eventually the whole public sector, meets British standards of production wherever this can be achieved without increasing overall cost”.This is supported in the Defra Business Plan to drive sustainable food procurement by theGovernment and the public sector.

+ Cabinet Office food procurement report 2010/11 (PDF)

UK — Eliminating Public Sector Fraud: Counter Fraud Taskforce interim report

June 15, 2011 Comments off

Eliminating Public Sector Fraud: Counter Fraud Taskforce interim report
Source: Cabinet Office

The Counter Fraud Taskforce interim report outlines early successes in the Government’s drive to fight fraud against the public purse.

The Taskforce has taken a fresh approach; by overseeing a series of pilots to show how quickly fraud could be reduced if we focus on delivery rather than strategy. The pilots have already saved £12 million and expect to save £1.5 billion over the next 2 – 4 years as they are rolled out more widely.

+ Full Report (PDF)

See also: Millions saved through Fraud Taskforce pilots

UK — Giving White Paper

May 25, 2011 Comments off

Giving White Paper
Source: Cabinet Office

We believe that everyone can make a difference. So we want to empower and encourage more people to get involved; support each other and create the change they want to see. In the White Paper we set out three core strands of activity where we want to work with partners to make giving as easy as possible, make giving as compelling as possible and give better support to those that provide and manage opportunities to give – be they charities, community groups or others

One measure we are trialling is whether charitable advertising on Government websites is effective.

+ Full Paper (PDF)

See also: Giving Green Paper

UK — Unshackling Good Neighbours

May 19, 2011 Comments off

Unshackling Good Neighbours
Source: Cabinet Office

Report and accompanying press release of the Independent Task Force established to consider how to cut red tape for small charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises.

UK — Better Choices: Better Deals

April 15, 2011 Comments off

Better Choices: Better Deals (PDF)
Source: Department for Business Innovation and Skills and Cabinet Office

This document aims to show how consumers can become empowered to make better choices and get better deals. It is about helping consumers to get better value, better customer service and better support when making choices or seeking help. By empowering consumers, Better Choices: Better Deals can also contribute to long term growth. More active consumers mean that our best and most innovative businesses benefit most, helping to improve overall economic performance.

Many of the changes set out in Better Choices: Better Deals would have been impossible a decade ago.The internet, smart phones and new data management methods have increased the information available to consumers.This has created new opportunities for consumers, which we want to support.

These technological changes have also given businesses more information about their customers’ shopping habits. In some areas, businesses know more about customers’ spending habits than they do themselves – with detailed knowledge of how they use their phone, or how likely they are to go over their overdraft limit.

Better Choices: Better Deals is about putting customers in charge: in charge of their own personal data which can be used to inform their purchasing decisions and lifestyle choices.


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