March, 2019

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£30m Homes England loan brings more new homes to Basildon

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The loan from the government’s housing delivery agency will help to redevelop the Craylands Estate, renamed as Beechwood Village, and the Laindon Shopping Centre, which will become Laindon Place. More than 550 new homes are being built at the Beechwood... (Continue reading)

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Quieter, smoother M6 in £7 million Carlisle upgrade

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Highways England has unveiled a package of maintenance and repairs along the M6 near Carlisle, which will keep drivers and the local economy smoothly and safely on the move. The work includes resurfacing the main motorway carriageway, upgrading the roundabout... (Continue reading)

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£9.75 million to clean our high streets

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Councils across England will receive an immediate cash boost from a £9.75 million fund to back their efforts in cleaning up high streets and town centres, Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP confirmed. From Ashford to Wakefield, councils in... (Continue reading)

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LGA survey: councils to use borrowing powers to accelerate homebuilding programmes

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New powers to borrow and invest in new and existing housing look set to be used by the majority of councils but further reforms are needed to spark a genuine renaissance of social housing, a survey by the LGA reveals.... (Continue reading)

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Extra £6.6m for research in Welsh universities

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To coincide with British Science Week, the Education Minister, Kirsty Williams, has announced an extra £6.6m of funding to support higher education research in Wales this year. The funding will pave the way for a new, longer-term approach to research... (Continue reading)

£10m Welsh Government funding to improve health outcomes

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£10 million Welsh Government funding to reduce waiting times for cancer treatment, deliver earlier diagnosis and modernise treatment has been announced by the Health Minister Vaughan Gething. The main focus is to improve the quality of care, to reduce variation... (Continue reading)

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MPs urge action on oil and gas sector deal

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MPs from across the political spectrum urged the UK Government to make progress on a vital deal to sustain the North Sea energy industry. Peter Wishart, chairman of the Scottish Affairs Committee (SAC), said it is “imperative” that skills built... (Continue reading)

CMA: ‘Government staff need training on how procurement decisions affect health of markets’

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Government staff will need to be capable of assessing the health of competition in outsourcing markets when preparing and planning for projects if new guidance on handing out contracts is to be effective, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has... (Continue reading)

Network Rail announces preferred bidders for final £1.5bn track work contracts

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Network Rail has announced the final preferred bidder for delivery of track upgrade works for the next decade in Central England. It includes track, points, and associated overhead lines and signalling, and is worth an estimated £1.5bn over 10 years.... (Continue reading)

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Government to give £55m from dormant accounts to new financial inclusion body

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The government will give a new organisation £55m from dormant accounts to tackle the issue of high-cost credit. The Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport announced its intention to allocate the money to financial inclusion initiatives last year. Fair4All... (Continue reading)

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