April, 2018

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Multi-million fund to boost children’s early language skills

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New support to help parents improve their children’s early language and literacy skills at home before they start school have been announced today (30 April) by Education Secretary Damian Hinds MP. Two schemes will build the confidence of parents to... (Continue reading)

Almost a billion pounds to fully fund childcare

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Funding package agreed in partnership with COSLA (April 27th). Almost a billion pounds will be invested annually to fund the huge expansion of early learning and childcare, transforming the life chances of children in Scotland. Following extensive engagement to reach... (Continue reading)

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Cornwall proposes post-’Brexit’ plan to create 20,000 jobs

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Cornwall Council has called on Whitehall to devolve more powers to the south western peninsular as part of a plan to help it cope with the impact of ‘Brexit’ (April 27th). An estimated 66% of Cornwall’s exports go to the... (Continue reading)

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£5m extra to invest in Buckinghamshire’s roads

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Buckinghamshire County Council Councillors have unanimously agreed to use more than £1 million from the Council’s reserves to boost investment in the county’s roads (April 27th). It goes into a pot that now totals £5m for an immediate highways repairs... (Continue reading)

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£50m fund to deliver joined-up care closer to home

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The Welsh Government has confirmed how a £50m a year fund that supports joined-up working between health, social care, housing and the third sector will be used to deliver care closer to people’s home over the next 12 months (April... (Continue reading)

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North of Tyne devolution: North East councils vote in favour of landmark deal

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Millions of pounds and decision-making powers are set to be handed to the North East by the Government after council leaders backed plans for a North of Tyne Combined Authority (April 27th). Almost two years after the region-wide devolution deal... (Continue reading)

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Government announces Tech Fund to support disabled people and their employers

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Minister for Disabled People announces new Tech Fund as part of ‘Access to Work’, offering employers significant savings on the cost of assistive technology (April 27th). The news came as the Minister spoke in Birmingham today (27 April) at Naidex,... (Continue reading)

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Next-generation services: new fund for industry and research

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A new pioneer fund worth £20 million will create new opportunities for businesses and researchers to work together to develop the next generation of services for the accountancy, insurance and legal industries (April 27th). The challenge is the latest in... (Continue reading)

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£1.4m EU boost to increase skills in the advanced manufacturing sector

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Finance Secretary, Mark Drakeford announced today an extra £1.4m EU funds to help more employees in the advanced manufacturing sector gain skills to drive a globally competitive Welsh economy (April 27th). The Materials and Manufacturing Education Training and Learning (METaL)... (Continue reading)

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MPs to examine future of Scottish oil and gas sector

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MPs have launched an inquiry into the future of the oil and gas industry in Scotland (April 26th). The Scottish Affairs Committee will look at challenges facing the sector and how they can be tackled, and ways to secure the... (Continue reading)

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