April, 2017


Mayor launches Skills for Londoners to boost training in capital


£114m to be invested in colleges and other providers to enhance post-16 training. Taskforce launched so all Londoners and businesses can realise their full potential. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today launched Skills for Londoners – a new... (Continue reading)

CBI: Businesses across Europe want the closest possible economic relationship post-Brexit


The CBI Director-General has addressed a business audience at Cambridge University. The CBI has highlighted the very real shared interest in securing an ambitious deal between the UK and EU, rather than focusing solely on the divorce settlement at this... (Continue reading)

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Digital Economy Bill receives Royal Assent

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The Digital Economy Bill 2016-17 has received Royal Assent. The Bill introduces measures to modernise the UK for enterprise. The measures have been designed to: empower consumers and ensure everyone has access to broadband wherever they live build a better... (Continue reading)

TUC: All party leaders must pledge to keep up with EU progress on workers’ rights


EU proposals published Wednesday to strengthen employment rights are a reminder that a bad ‘Brexit’ deal will mean a worse deal at work for Brits compared to EU workers, says the TUC. EU proposes new rights to paid parental leave,... (Continue reading)

New social security agency puts people first

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Profit-making private firms won’t carry out benefit assessments. Scotland’s new social security agency will put people before profits, with no private companies carrying out benefit assessments. Social Security Minister, Jeane Freeman, firmly ruled this out in a statement to Parliament... (Continue reading)

Migration drives record high in population


A record high in Scotland’s population has been driven by inward migration, according to data published today by the National Records of Scotland (NRS). The latest estimate of Scotland’s population (on 30 June 2016) is 5,404,700 – the highest ever... (Continue reading)

Accelerator innovation network event: autonomous last mile resupply

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The Defence and Security Accelerator is holding an event in London on 23 May 2017 to provide information on the autonomous last mile resupply themed competition. Suppliers attending the event will be able to hear presentations about the autonomous last... (Continue reading)

A&E departments to get more funding


Funds for next winter will ease pressure on accident and emergency (A&E) departments in England. The Department of Health announced on Friday, 21 April 2017, the allocation of £55.98 million of the £100 million A&E capital funding, outlined in the... (Continue reading)

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EU student funding guarantee for Welsh universities announced

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EU students applying for a place at Welsh universities for the 2018/19 academic year will be eligible for financial support, Education Secretary Kirsty Williams announced today (Mon 24 April). EU nationals who are currently in receipt of student loans from... (Continue reading)

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New funding lays the foundations for Wales Co-operative Housing initiative

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The Welsh Government has awarded £149,530 to the Wales Co-operative Centre to support the Co-operative Housing in Wales project, Communities and Children Secretary Carl Sargeant announced today. Co-operative housing is a model where groups of people collectively own and manage... (Continue reading)

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