Sue Robb of 4Children talks to Julie Laughton and Alison Britton from the Department for Education about the role of childminders in delivering the 30 hours free entitlement.
A new Crown Commercial Service (CCS) framework will see small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) play a key part in supplying furniture for the government’s network of efficient, regional office spaces.
Two-thirds of suppliers on the new Supply, Delivery and Installation of Furniture and Associated Services agreement are SMEs, with each now having the chance to share a portion of £330 million of investment.
The government department revealed that SMEs received half of the £120 million spent through the previous furniture framework.
Sam Ulyatt, strategic category commercial director for CCS, says: “Small and medium-sized businesses played a big part in delivering the previous agreement, and we anticipate that widening the scope of the new framework will help them to play an even greater part in helping the public sector to deliver efficient services.”
Accessibility is the name of this game. Web designers are getting better at addressing the issues, but general awareness of accessibility requirements is still low. This is worrying – websites that are not currently accessible are potentially breaching the Equality Act of 2010. One of the first places to look for help should be the Government Digital Service (GDS), which provides help, advice and guidance on legislation regarding accessibility.
It is surprisingly easy to start meeting the government’s accessibility requirements.
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