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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.

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 — Social attitudes of young people

January 6, 2015 Comments off

Social attitudes of young people
Source: Cabinet Office

The report explores how sustained changes in the attitudes of people in different generations lead to long-term, changes in societal attitudes. It uses surveys to see whether there are differences in the attitudes of today’s young people and the attitudes of older generations when they were young. It looks at:

  • values and personal autonomy
  • attitudes to society and government
  • aspirations
  • wellbeing

It also explores the how young peoples’ circumstances may change over the next 10 years. Also using current attitudinal trends, the report analyses how young people’s attitudes, behaviours and experiences may evolve over time.

UK — State of the Nation 2014 Report

October 23, 2014 Comments off

State of the Nation 2014 Report
Source: Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, Cabinet Office, Department for Education and Department for Work and Pensions

This is the Commission’s second annual State of the Nation report to be presented to Parliament. The Commission was created by the UK Government in 2012 as an independent and statutory body to monitor and report on what is happening to child poverty and social mobility in our country.

The report assesses what the UK government, the Scottish government and the Welsh government are doing (the Commission’s remit does not cover the Northern Ireland government), what progress is being made, and what is likely to happen in future. The report also examines the role of employers and professions, councils and colleges, schools and universities, parents and charities. The report makes a number of recommendations for action.

This is the last State of the Nation report prior to the 2015 UK General Election. As such it presents a verdict on the past and provides a window into the future. The central conclusion is that the next government will have to adopt radical new approaches if poverty is to be beaten, mobility improved and if Britain is to avoid becoming a permanently divided society. We define that as the 2020 challenge.

UK — Women in Whitehall: culture, leadership, talent

October 20, 2014 Comments off

Women in Whitehall: culture, leadership, talent
Source: Cabinet Office

This is the final report of a research project into the blockages facing talented women succeeding in the Senior Civil Service (SCS).

It sets out the opportunity and challenge to unleash the potential of many more staff who want to serve HM Government and our Country.

The report builds on the Interim Report presented to Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, on 23rd April 2014.

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