April, 2019


Life-saving brain cancer blood test being developed in Scotland

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A University of Strathclyde spinout company, ClinSpec Diagnostics Limited, is developing a pioneering new blood test for the early detection of brain cancer. The low cost test provides rapid results, giving doctors an accurate test for brain cancer and reducing... (Continue reading)

Economic and green boost for the Peak District as £14m rail freight scheme unveiled

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A new £14m railway extension has been unveiled in Buxton which will boost productivity in the UK construction sector. Network Rail has transformed a disused council tip into 430 metres of railway sidings so longer freight trains can serve local... (Continue reading)

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Help for affordable homes


Extra funding for councils (April 30th). An additional £80 million over the next two years will help councils deliver affordable homes across Scotland. The investment will mean local authorities will share a total of £1.3 billion between now and 2021... (Continue reading)

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Smart energy systems: apply for funding

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UK organisations can apply for a share of £30 million to develop design proposals for smart local energy systems. UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £30 million to develop designs for smart local energy systems that... (Continue reading)

Life sciences centre supported with £3.75 million grant

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The University of the Highlands and Islands is set to receive £3.75 million from the European Regional Development Fund to enhance its facilities at a new building on Inverness Campus. The funding will be used to extend the floor space... (Continue reading)

New £10bn Glasgow Metro plan with trams and reopened train routes unveiled for city

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A city-wide Glasgow Metro should be built to create a new comprehensive public transport system, according to a panel of experts. The idea is the centrepiece of a new report into Glasgow’s transport for the future by the Connectivity Commission. The... (Continue reading)

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Network Rail announces £750m contract awards to deliver signalling nationwide

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Network Rail has announced the award of six multi-million-pound framework contracts to deliver signalling and telecoms across the country, worth an estimated £750m for Control Period 6 (2019-2024). The signalling and telecoms (S&T) frameworks, which are split into six geographical... (Continue reading)

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Further £70 million to improve waiting times


Next phase of Waiting Times Plan outlined. Long waits for patients are to be targeted with an additional investment of £70 million. Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has outlined the next phase of investment to be directed under the £850 million... (Continue reading)

White Cart can unlock Paisley’s economic potential

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A project to build new bridges and connections across the White Cart river in Paisley is aiming to unlock the town’s economic potential. Flowing through the town centre, the White Cart passes Paisley Abbey out to Glasgow Airport in the... (Continue reading)

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SCVO welcomes plans for Citizens’ Assembly in Scotland


Responding to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement that the Scottish Government will work to establish a Citizens’ Assembly in Scotland, Chief Executive of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) Anna Fowlie said: “The First Minister’s commitment to establish a... (Continue reading)

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