April, 2019

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New funding will ensure all charities can access safeguarding training to build safe and strong civil society

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The Minister said it is vital that all charity employees and volunteers are able to spot warning signs of unacceptable behaviour and know how to handle and report concerns. She has announced that Government and The National Lottery Community Fund... (Continue reading)

£75m investment set to revolutionise Royal Navy operations

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Robots and autonomous mine-hunters are set to revolutionise Royal Navy operations after the Defence Secretary announced a £75million injection into pioneering new technology. The funding boost will be spent on two new autonomous mine-hunter vessels with cutting-edge sonars to enable... (Continue reading)

Split ‘Big Four’ audit function from consultancy services, say MPs

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The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) should aim for the full structural break-up of the ‘Big Four’ firms into audit and non-audit businesses, say the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee. The report endorses the CMA’s proposed operational split... (Continue reading)

Devolution of forestry to Scotland completed

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On 1 April 2019, the Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Act 2018 came into effect completing the devolution of forestry to Scotland. This means that Forestry will be fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and the Scottish Parliament. It also means... (Continue reading)

Next steps for the Northern Powerhouse

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George Osborne: Government failing to deliver Northern Powerhouse Northern Powerhouse Partnership set out the four big ideas to rebalance the economy and challenges Downing Street to adopt them - A Northern schools challenge. Hundreds of Northern schools need direct government... (Continue reading)

Labour sets out plans for radical shake up of UK banking system

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Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell MP, has announced a radical shake up of the UK banking system to provide the long-term funding needed to prepare our economy for the future, support communities neglected by the finance system, and kick start... (Continue reading)

‘WiFi4EU’: new call for municipalities to apply for free Wi-Fi network in public spaces

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The Commission will launch a new call for applications for ‘WiFi4EU’. The call, which is open to municipalities or groups of municipalities in the EU, will last one day and a half, until 5 April 2019 at 17:00 CEST. Municipalities... (Continue reading)

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Full fibre network for public services in four Highland locations

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The delivery of public sector services in four Highland locations is to undergo a dramatic transformation thanks to a project that will bring new full fibre infrastructure – the fastest, most reliable digital connectivity – to the region. As part... (Continue reading)

£201 million road repair fund to resurface extra 1,000 miles

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Councils in England will be given a share of more than £200 million for road maintenance and pothole repairs – enough to resurface a road between London and Budapest. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has announced the allocation of an extra... (Continue reading)

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£13.4m to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

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Funding to support low carbon projects. A project to help people in social housing get solar panels is one of the projects getting a share of £13.4 million of low carbon funding. The smart storage project in Aberdeenshire will enable... (Continue reading)

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