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Home Office allocates £51 million to police forces for increased action on knife crime

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Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced he is allocating an immediate £51 million for police forces to strengthen their response to serious violence. The surge funding for forces worst affected by these crimes will enable them to bolster their operational activities.... (Continue reading)

Apply for a Cyber Essentials Grant

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With the support of the Scottish Government, SCVO are providing a small grants scheme to enable third sector organisations to achieve Cyber Essentials accreditation.  Application criteria Grants of up to £1,000 are available to Scottish third sector organisations. You should... (Continue reading)

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FCA sets out its priorities for 2019/20

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The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published its Business Plan for 2019/20, which outlines the key priorities for the coming year. As the UK finalises preparations to leave the European Union, the immediate priority will remain supporting an orderly transition... (Continue reading)

Trade unions back radical action on climate and jobs

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As STUC Congress prepares to confront the hard questions surrounding climate change and jobs, a new trade union report says that Scotland is missing out on job opportunities in the low-carbon and renewable energy economy while multinationals offshore money and... (Continue reading)

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Reducing fuel poverty

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People across Scotland at risk of fuel poverty will benefit from further investment to make homes warmer and energy efficient. The Warmer Homes Scotland initiative has awarded a minimum of £38 million to managing agent Warmworks to continue to deliver... (Continue reading)

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Using AI to better manage the environment could reduce greenhouse gas emissions, boost global GDP by up to US$5trillion and create up to 38m jobs by 2030

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Harnessing AI in just four sectors to support better management of the environment could yield productivity benefits, higher GDP, reduced carbon emissions and up to 38 million jobs globally. PwC UK’s preliminary assessment of the global economic and environmental gains... (Continue reading)

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Extra £200 million backing for British business

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High-flying firms across the UK will benefit from a further £200 million of government support to ensure that innovative British firms can access the finance they need to grow. The Exchequer Secretary, Robert Jenrick marked the launch of the new... (Continue reading)

Moray Council sets out spending plans for roads, street lighting and more

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Moray Council has set out how it will invest millions of pounds on improving infrastructure in the region over the next 12 months. More than £8 million will be spent on maintaining Moray’s 1,556 km, £1.6 billion roads portfolio. This... (Continue reading)

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Energy Efficiency Measure Could Be Extended

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Dundee City Council’s successful and popular programme of energy efficiency measures will be extended to 350 more council and private homes at a cost of £3m. Councillors will be told that houses in Benvie Road, Peddie Street, Law Crescent, Brownhill... (Continue reading)

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Easter investment for Aberdeen-Inverness line

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Network Rail will be working around the clock this Easter to deliver vital upgrades on the railway between Kintore and Inverurie as part of the Aberdeen-Inverness Improvement Project. From end of service on April 19, until the start of service... (Continue reading)

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