Governments set to spend big on IT in 2023

Government IT spending is forecast to total $589.8 billion globally in 2023, an increase of 7.6% from 2022, with inflation and skills shortages among the top considerations for CIOs. That’s according to research from Gartner, which says that this year they will also ensure their digital projects endure mission impact. An increasing number of government […]

Government opens £368m Youth Investment Fund to improve facilities & services

Youth services in the country’s most underserved areas are being encouraged to apply for a slice of a £368 million fund to improve the health, wellbeing, skills and opportunities for young people. Earlier this year £12 million from the fund was fast-tracked to local youth services where supply was short of meeting demand. The aim was to cover […]

Government bill ushers in new era for building safety

The government has published its landmark Bill to deliver the biggest changes to building safety for nearly 40 years and make residents safer in their homes. The Building Safety Bill will improve regulations as the government seeks to bring forward a clearer system with residents’ safety at the heart of it. The government is also announcing […]

Government moves to reassure over Interserve public services

Parliamentary Secretary of the Cabinet Office Oliver Dowden has issued reassurances over public services in relation to the difficulties being experienced by Interserve. The outsourcing giant, which went into administration on March 15th and has already completed the sale of the Group, other than Plc, to newco Montana 1 Ltd, is a big provider of […]

Government pushes ‘Outsourcing Playbook’ for public services

The UK government has unveiled its ‘Outsourcing Playbook’, which has been designed to improve government procurement and deliver better public services. The Playbook offers guidance to ensure the government gets more projects right from the start, engages with a diverse and healthy marketplace of companies, including small businesses and charities, and is ready for when […]

Government offers advice to suppliers on Carillion crash

The Government has offered advice to suppliers and creditors affected by Carillion’s liquidation last week. Troubled UK facilities management and construction giant Carillion owed almost £1.3bn to banks and the end finally came on January 15th as a winding up order was made against the firm, with the court appointing the Official Receiver as the liquidator. […]

Government calls for submissions for building regs review

In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the Government has published a call for evidence for the independent review of building regulations and fire safety. Led by Dame Judith Hackitt, the review will examine buildings and fire safety regulations, plus other related compliance enforcement, focussing on multi-occupancy, high-rise residential buildings. Recommendations will make sure […]

Government announces independent review into fire regulations

Following the fatal fire at Grenfell Tower the Government has announced that an independent review of building regulations and fire safety is to be carried out and published in a report “no later than next spring”. Concerns have been raised regarding the safety of high-rise residential buildings, along with testing of aluminium composite material (ACM) […]