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Investing in manufacturing

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£14 million fund to help firms compete globally. Manufacturing businesses will be able to improve their productivity and upskill their workforce with support from a £14 million fund. The Advancing Manufacturing Challenge Fund, which has scope to increase up to... (Continue reading)

Taoiseach & President Macron in funding bid for crucial Ireland-France electricity link

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An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar and President of France Emmanuel Macron have submitted a joint request to the European Commission seeking financial support for the Celtic Interconnector electricity link between Ireland and France. The Taoiseach and Mr Macron co-signed a letter... (Continue reading)

Tory leadership race: Sajid Javid says he will put 20,000 more police officers ‘on the beat’ if elected

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Conservative leadership hopeful Sajid Javid has promised to put 20,000 more police officers back on the street if he is elected to be the next Prime Minister. The Home Secretary has vowed he would have thousands of more officers “pounding... (Continue reading)

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Referendums Bill

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The Scottish Government has today (Wednesday 29 May 2019) published legislation to set the rules for any referendum within the competence of the Scottish Parliament. The Referendums (Scotland) Bill will provide a legal framework for the holding of referendums on... (Continue reading)

Best start grant for young asylum seekers

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Young asylum seekers are now eligible to receive financial support on the birth of their children. Those aged under-18 can apply for the Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment after the Scottish Government reached an agreement with the UK... (Continue reading)

Minister announces £4.3 million funding to promote the Welsh language in local communities

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The Welsh Government is making £4.3 million funding available to help promote the language in communities across Wales over the next 12 months, Minister for the Welsh Language, Eluned Morgan has announced. The minister has announced that a total of... (Continue reading)

UK train manufacturer named preferred bidder for €4.4 billion contract

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Bombardier Transportation has been named by the Egyptian Government as preferred bidder to build and operate a new monorail system, including supplying rolling stock, to a new trainline in Cairo. This project was announced by the Secretary of State for... (Continue reading)

Board gives green light to modernisation of community and hospital services

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The Board of NHS Highland has given the green light to a £48m investment to modernise health and social care services in Badenoch and Strathspey and Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross. At a special meeting the Board unanimously agreed... (Continue reading)

Reform Scotland urges parties to put economy first

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Reform Scotland, the independent think tank, has published a new report which asks political parties to remember that the economy should be the dominant issue ahead of the 2021 Scottish Parliament election. The report – ‘Beyond Holyrood: Why Scotland’s economic... (Continue reading)

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Community ownership study finds that a mix of funding is needed for success

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Communities have many options to secure and develop land, but the full range of financing models is often not widely known, and there is more scope to develop innovative finance models to support community ownership, a new report says. The... (Continue reading)

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