November, 2019


General Election 2019: Labour plans to raise income tax for 1.6 million people – the highest-income 3% of adults


The Labour Party has announced plans to introduce a 45% income tax rate on annual incomes over £80,000 and a 50% rate on incomes over £125,000 from 2020–21. New analysis by IFS researchers, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, examines the likely effects... (Continue reading)

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Strengthening children’s rights

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Scotland will incorporate the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into law to the maximum extent possible within the powers of the Scottish Parliament. Deputy First Minister John Swinney announced the approach following an extensive public... (Continue reading)

Small firms cheer commitment to end £2.5 billion late payment crisis

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Responding to the speech delivered by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn this morning, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) National Chairman Mike Cherry, said: “It’s very positive to see the Labour party putting late payments and business rates at the top of its business... (Continue reading)

€200 million to promote European agri-food products in and outside the EU

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The European Commission will allocate €200.9 million in 2020 to fund promotion activities for EU agri-food products at home and abroad. The 2020 promotion policy work programme adopted by the Commission outlines the main priorities for support. EU policy on... (Continue reading)

Leading software company to establish new Scottish HQ after £6m investment


A £6 million investment in leading software company IOTech Systems Limited (IOTech) will help establish a new HQ in Edinburgh and create more than 50 new job as it embarks on a global expansion programme. Launched in April 2017, Industrial... (Continue reading)

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Changes to protect NHS staff

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New pension measures to help NHS Scotland retain highly experienced staff have been announced. From 1 December 2019, an interim policy will give eligible NHS staff the option to get their employer pension contributions paid to them as part of... (Continue reading)

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Government announces grants to help protect properties from flooding

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The government yesterday (Tuesday 19 November) announced that flood-hit homes and businesses will be able to receive up to £5,000 to help protect them from future flooding. The grants, which will be made available through local authorities from the end of... (Continue reading)

£25m Funding Bid to bring 2020 vision for Sheffield’s historic High Street


A bid made by Sheffield City Council and supported by the University of Sheffield has been successful in the first round of applications to secure funding for improvements to Sheffield’s historic High Street and Fargate. The expression of interest submitted... (Continue reading)

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New law to introduce votes for 16 and 17 year olds at local council elections in Wales unveiled

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A major new package of reforms to local government in Wales, which includes giving 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote at local elections has been unveiled by the Welsh Government. The Local Government and Elections (Wales) Bill,... (Continue reading)

£1.3 million EU funds to upskill Welsh agriculture and food businesses


Counsel General and Brexit Minister, Jeremy Miles, today announced £1.3 million EU funds to support high level and technical skills training for agricultural and food businesses. The funding will expand the Welsh BioInnovation project eastward to cover businesses across the... (Continue reading)

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