May, 2017


Teacher campaign impact

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Thousands more people are considering a career in teaching as a result of the Scottish Government’s latest recruitment campaign, according to early evaluation findings. The Teaching Makes People campaign was launched by Deputy First Minister John Swinney in February, targeting... (Continue reading)

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Digital Single Market: EU negotiators agree on the WiFi4EU initiative


The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission have now reached a political agreement on the WiFi4EU initiative and its funding which supports installing free public Wi-Fi hotspots in local communities across the EU: in public squares, piazzas, parks, hospitals... (Continue reading)

Glenn Thorsen: Blockchain, poised to transform public services

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Initially devised to enable secure trading over the internet using the virtual currency Bitcoin, Blockchain is poised to transform public services. For procurement, finance, maintenance and asset management departments it is a gift – offering secure, automated transactions that cannot... (Continue reading)

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Social Security benefits

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The first social security payments to be delivered by the Scottish Government have been outlined to parliament by Social Security Secretary Angela Constance. The next milestone in building Scotland’s new social security system will be the delivery of the first... (Continue reading)

Accelerator innovation network event: autonomous last mile resupply

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The Defence and Security Accelerator held an event in London on 23 May 2017 to provide information on the autonomous last mile resupply themed competition. Suppliers attended the event and heard presentations about the autonomous last mile resupply themed competition... (Continue reading)

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£50 million to reduce NHS waiting times

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An additional £50 million will be invested to improve waiting times performance across Scotland’s NHS, Health Secretary Shona Robison has announced. The funds will be distributed among all territorial health boards to improve performance – including outpatient consultations, diagnostic tests... (Continue reading)

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Customer enquiry service changes

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How you contact UK Visas and Immigration is changing. From 1 June, all customer enquiries will be handled by a new commercial partner Sitel UK. The new contract will see a number of changes for customers. These changes help the... (Continue reading)

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UK hits a new record for solar generation – WWF comment

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Gareth Redmond-King, Head of Energy and Climate at WWF commented on news that the UK has hit a new record for solar generation, with more than 8.75GW of power produced.  Mr Redmond-King said: “As we enjoy the sun, it’s great to... (Continue reading)

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UK Armed Forces recognised for support to UN Peacekeeping

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UK Armed Forces personnel have been recognised for their efforts to support Peacekeeping around the world. Yesterday (29 May) was the annual International Day of UN Peacekeepers, which was marked by a number of events in London. The day also... (Continue reading)

Registration for Baby Box will begin in June


All new-born babies in Scotland will be offered a Baby Box. Registration for Scotland’s Baby Box will open on the 15 June 2017 for all babies due on or after 15 August 2017. The Box is a strong signal of... (Continue reading)

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