Innopsis is the trade association for suppliers of Digital Infrastructure and Services to the UK Public Sector. Our members range in size from small startups to the largest telecoms providers in the country. Collectively, we provide over 75% of the telecoms and digital infrastructure used by the UK Public Sector.

Our objectives are to:

–       make it easier and quicker for our members to do business with government

–       enable government to maximise the benefits available from digital services by promoting a vibrant and active supplier community

–       to provide better public services and to work together for the common good.

Our focus is on the big opportunity for both customers and suppliers to benefit from safe information sharing and innovation in public service delivery

Latest News

 

BT Reopens 10 Year Old Case – Demands HMRC Repay Millions

Broadband ISP and media giant BT appears to have successfully lifted a stay against a decade old restitution suit in the UK High Court for Value Added Tax (VAT) refunds, which originally claimed that HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) owed them £91.8 million plus interest in overpaid tax.

The situation began in early 2009 after BT wrote to HMRC making a claim for hitherto unclaimed VAT on “bad debt relief” for the period 1st January 1978 to 31st March 1989, which arose because BT had accounted for the standard rate of VAT on its supplies to customers but, in some cases, those customers had failed to pay the operator (either in part or at all) for its supplies.

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Budget and COVID-19: The UK perspective within the local government.

Amidst the whirlwind scenario of the COVID-19 epidemic, the UK Government has finalized its yearly budget for 2020-2021, outlining the capital allocated to each area of the public sector. For Local government, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP on behalf of the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) announced an increase in core spending power for Local authorities of 4.4% in real terms, reaching a total of £49.2 billion.

The increase is higher than previous years (i.e. 2.8% from 2018-2019) and comes at a challenging time for the UK Public Sector, who will need to balance expenditures moving forward and put in place several policies during the COVID-19 pandemic to guarantee British citizens with housing, minimum income in case of job cuts, and normal functioning of local boroughs with possibly reduced staff due to quarantines. With the new circumstances, extra grants for most of the areas within the public sector may be introduced by central government to mitigate the crisis.

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DCMS leads fight to counter fake coronavirus information on internet

The UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) said that specialist teams across the government have been deployed for taking on false and misleading narratives regarding the prevailing novel coronavirus outbreak.

The teams are said to be working at pace to make sure that the public has the right information about the pandemic to guard themselves and save lives, said the department.

According to the DCMS, the Rapid Response Unit, which is operating from within the Cabinet Office and No10, is handling a variety of harmful narratives online. The harmful narratives range from self-claimed ‘experts’ giving dangerous misinformation to criminal fraudsters who have been running phishing scams.

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Huawei propose internet protocol with a built-in killswitch

New IP sounds good in some ways, but might help authoritarian crackdowns.
China, Huawei and Chinese carriers want to redesign a key aspect of the internet — and while there may be some upsides, their ideas have raised some alarm bells. The Financial Times understands that the group has proposed a new internet protocol at the ITU, New IP, that theoretically offers more efficient addressing and network management than the existing TCP/IP standard but also appears to have hooks that allow authoritarian regimes to censor and surveil their residents. Most notably, there would be a “shut up command” that would let a central part of the network cut off data going to or from an address. As you might guess, that could be handy if China wanted to silence an activist without resorting to extra tools.

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Beware the dangers of using consumer apps

Many people will be turning to consumer applications right now in order to continue their working lives. Although there are some fantastic, and free, tools out there for people to use there are many dangers businesses need to be aware of in the long term. We asked our vendor audience what those dangers are.

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Podcasts

 

Considerations for Business Internet use

In this podcast, Lynne Magennis talks to Martin Atkinson of Equinix, the Interconnection and Data Centre organisation about the issues that organisations may like to consider in utilising the internet for their business applications.

Should there be a Hippocratic Oath for Data Scientists?

The UK health system is one of the most telling barometers of our society. How do we care for a growing and ageing population? How do we make patients the winners? What are the greatest upcoming risks?

One thing is clear. Success will only be possible if politicians, clinicians, managers, patients, families, suppliers and all staff work jointly in a way they’ve never done before.

In this episode Lynne Magennis talks to Rebecca Pope, the Head of Data Science and Engineering at KPMG to gain her insight into the situation.

2019 – the year of Brexit, 5G and Full Fibre

We will probably look back at 2019 as the year dominated by Brexit. Undoubtably the on-off activities of Brexit have had a significant impact on Suppliers as Government works out what to do depending on the agreed outcomes. Coupled with a Winter General Election, the period of uncertainty has definitely had an impact.

54. Children are our Future

In this podcast we turn our attention to the excellent work being carried out in London Schools regarding technology, networks and more. It is crucial for the future prosperity of the UK that we have a world class education system that can help develop the next generation ready for the workplace and help them make the world a better place for us all.

53. When is it the Internet not the Internet? – Podcast

A new approach to using the Internet in the Public Sector to replace the traditional corporate Wide Area Network (WAN) is featured in this podcast. In this episode Lynne Magennis talks to Keith Smith of Virgin Media Business about a new service they have brought to market.

Activities

Network Services 2 Suppliers Briefing

Network Services 2 Suppliers Briefing

As a Network Services 2 Supplier, CCS would like to invite you to an event, supported by Innopsis, to celebrate the first six months The event will be held on Wednesday 11 March, 1:30pm - 4:45pm, University of Westminster 101 New Cavendish Street London W1W 6XH. We...

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Healthcare Excellence Though Technology

Healthcare Excellence Though Technology

HETT is a must-attend industry event for both exhibitors and visitors. Showcasing world-leading technologies and solutions in one space, under one roof, millions of pounds worth of business is discussed at the event.

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Continuous Improvement 2020

Continuous Improvement 2020

The Institute for Continuous Improvement in Public Services (ICiPS) will be hosting the its annual conference Continuous Improvement 2020. The event will covering the journey of leading change makers in the civil service, local government, education, and many more areas of public service. The conference programme will present participants with a carefully curated insights and networking opportunities.

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