January, 2019


Fighting the throwaway culture

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Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has reiterated the Scottish Government’s pledge to introduce a deposit return scheme as part of plans to further tackle plastic waste. Deposit return will increase the quality of recycled materials collected in Scotland. By collecting more... (Continue reading)

Hammond tells Davos: “Britain is a great place to do business”

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“Britain is a great place to do business,” the Chancellor will tell business leaders in Davos, as he commits further investment for research and technology. Leading the UK delegation to the World Economic Forum, the Chancellor will announce £100 million... (Continue reading)

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100% business rates relief to continue to flow for community hydro projects

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The Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths has announced the continuation of 100% business rate support for community hydro projects with a rateable value of up to £50,000 for 2019-20. The continuation of the grant scheme will... (Continue reading)

Energy Union: EU invests a further €800 million in priority energy infrastructure


EU Member States voted on a Commission proposal to invest almost €800 million in key European energy infrastructure projects with major cross-border benefits. The EU funding comes from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), the European support programme for trans-European infrastructure.... (Continue reading)

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County council to invest in schools, transport and streetlighting


Residents of Oxfordshire could see highway improvements, new school buildings and energy-efficient streetlighting thanks to a £1 billion investment over the next ten years as part of the county council’s budget. Transport schemes across Oxfordshire – including Banbury, Oxford, Eynsham,... (Continue reading)

Health Minister announces £7m investment in south Wales’s hospitals

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The Welsh Government is investing £7m in a new operating theatre and two new scanners at hospitals across South Wales, Health Minister Vaughan Gething announced. £1m will be used to develop an extra operating theatre at the University Hospital in... (Continue reading)

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Glasgow Airport rail link ‘badly needed’, ministers told


Proposals to build a rail link between Glasgow Airport and Glasgow city centre must be progressed “as a matter of urgency”, according to opposition parties at Holyrood. A plan to connect the airport to the city directly from Glasgow Central... (Continue reading)

Britain ‘could triple state aid for industry under EU rules’

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Britain could triple state aid spending to industry without breaching EU rules, according to a study that compares government subsidies to promote economic growth across Europe. EU state aid rules “do not prevent an active industrial policy”, the report found,... (Continue reading)

Nottingham aims to be first carbon neutral city in the UK

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Nottingham could become the first carbon neutral city in the UK after the City Council set itself an ambitious target to achieve this by 2028. The city has already met its Energy Strategy target early – a 26% reduction of... (Continue reading)

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£10 million to develop vaccines against global infectious diseases


The UK government will give £10 million of funding to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) to help develop vaccines against emerging infectious diseases. The £10 million is UK-aid funding that prioritises helping low- and middle-income countries. CEPI is... (Continue reading)

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