October, 2019


Lords debates UK’s withdrawal from the EU

On Wednesday 2 October, members of the House of Lords debated the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. Members taking part included a former member of the Lords EU Committee, a former shadow spokesperson for exiting the EU and a... (Continue reading)

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Prime Minister updates the House of Commons on Brexit negotiations

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, updated MPs on Brexit negotiations and the Irish backstop. The Prime Minister announced his deal for withdrawal from the European Union, which is currently being considered by EU officials. He announced that he would replace... (Continue reading)

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Scottish Secretary announces £25 million for new Growth Deal

Argyll and Bute latest region to benefit from UK Government funding Secretary of State for Scotland Alister Jack has today [2 October 2019] announced £25 million for a new Growth Deal covering Argyll and Bute. The move is the next... (Continue reading)

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UK to take a big ‘STEP’ to fusion electricity

The UK Government is committing £220M to the conceptual design of a fusion power station – the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP). Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP, announced the funding... (Continue reading)

£1.5m supported housing scheme launched

Tenancy will be offered to single people and couples who have assessed care needs. A £1.5m Making Space scheme will see 10 purpose-built supported housing bungalows created in Colne. The one-bedroom dwellings will be constructed alongside the flagship supported housing... (Continue reading)

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John Tizard: It is time to democratise not marketise public services

John Tizard

Over the last four years successive governments have promoted and at times legislated for the marketisation of our public services. Competition, competitive tendering, outsourcing, PFI and other market-based approaches have been applied to services such as education, health, criminal justice,... (Continue reading)

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£30 million to support health and social care services this winter

Health Minister Vaughan Gething has announced additional funding of £30 million to support the delivery of frontline health and social care services this winter. The money will help people access care closer to home and enable people to leave hospital... (Continue reading)

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Groundbreaking technologies for aerospace: apply for funding

SMEs can apply for a share of £2.5 million to develop innovative technologies that could win new business in the aerospace sector. The National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP) has £10 million to support small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) developing... (Continue reading)

New measures announced to help boost the nation’s skills

Measures will support ongoing work to transform technical education including providing up to £120 million to establish up to 8 more Institutes of Technology. On Monday, 30 September, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson announced a series of measures to help make... (Continue reading)

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HMRC adds a further £10 million to boost customs expertise

Grants will help customs agents recruit more staff to manage customs declarations before and after Brexit on 31 October. Following the recent £16 million investment to provide funding towards training and IT costs for businesses that complete customs declarations, HMRC... (Continue reading)

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