May, 2019


ADEPT’s Live Labs launched – £22.9million SMART Places programme goes live


The Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport’s (ADEPT) SMART Places Live Labs programme is launched. The £22.9million programme, funded by the Department for Transport (DfT) will see eight local authority led projects develop and test prototypes and... (Continue reading)

Labour will use the billions spent by government to force firms to take radical action on climate change


Under a Labour Government, in order to win public sector contracts firms will have to take radical action on climate change, by following strict environmental standards on energy use, emissions and waste disposal, while taking measures to aid the transition... (Continue reading)

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Influential Tory Think-Tank Urges Next Leader To ‘Turn On The Spending Taps’

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The next Conservative leader must “turn on all the taps” in the next spending review an influential Conservative Party think-tank has urged. A report published by Onward has called on the party to slow down in its attempt to close... (Continue reading)

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Partners to create “first-class” innovation centre at Michelin’s Dundee plant

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A “flagship innovation centre” – the Michelin-Scotland Innovation Parc – will be created on the site of the Michelin factory at Baldovie in Dundee, partners have pledged. An agreement has been signed to form a new company, Michelin Scotland Innovation... (Continue reading)

Health Secretary announces more than £13 million funding for new ambulances in Wales

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Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has announced £13.586 million in funding for the replacement of operational ambulances. 111 new vehicles will replace some of the existing Welsh Ambulance Service fleet, including 71 new emergency operations ambulances, 33 non-emergency patient transport vehicles,... (Continue reading)

Greens call for rail expansion

Scottish Greens are calling on communities across Scotland to apply for new local rail funding to help tackle the climate emergency. The £2 million Local Rail Development Fund – secured by the Greens in the 2018/19 Scottish budget – helps... (Continue reading)

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Call for English devolution


A leading electoral campaign group has described England as ‘the gaping hole in the devolution settlement’ and is calling for a public debate on the issue to combat the ‘geography of discontent’. The Electoral Reform Society’s report, Westminster ‘Beyond Brexit:... (Continue reading)

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Mayor of London to invest more than £100m in small businesses


Small businesses are set to benefit from more than £100 million in investment from the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, as he launches the largest fund of its kind ever created by City Hall. The Greater London Investment Fund has... (Continue reading)

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Northern Powerhouse lacks joined-up planning, RTPI warns

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Planning needs to be more joined up across the North to bring growth and prosperity not only to major metropolitan areas but also neglected towns and communities, a new report says. “Ambitions for the North”, launched by the RTPI on... (Continue reading)

£50 million to improve attainment


88% of headteachers see progress in closing the gaps in attainment and wellbeing. Thousands of young people will continue to benefit from targeted funding to help close the poverty related attainment gap thanks to an additional £50 million in 2019/20.... (Continue reading)

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