January, 2020

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UK set to introduce ‘Jack’s Law’ – new legal right to paid parental bereavement leave

Parents who suffer the devastating loss of a child will be entitled to 2 weeks’ statutory leave. Working parents who lose a child under the age of 18 will get 2 weeks’ statutory leave the new legal right to 2... (Continue reading)

Refreshed plan for economic growth

A new website which makes it easier for businesses to get information and support is one of the measures in a refreshed Economic Action Plan for Scotland. Findbusinesssupport.gov.scot contains hundreds of products, services and events from Scotland’s enterprise and skills... (Continue reading)

£19 million CashBack funding allocated

Projects for disadvantaged young people will share £19 million seized from criminals. New organisations to benefit from the latest round of CashBack for Communities funding include Eden Court arts project in Inverness and the Mayfield & Easthouses Youth 2000 Project.... (Continue reading)

Improving farm productivity in UK and Canada: apply for funding

Businesses can apply for a share of £2 million to work with Canadian partners on new technologies that could improve farm productivity and reduce pollution. Agriculture is facing a major challenge to feed a global population of around 9 billion... (Continue reading)

High-tech products to level the playing field for disabled pupils

Trials of pioneering technology to help disabled pupils in the classroom will take place across the country in the first programme of its kind in the world. Speaking at the largest education technology show in the world today (22 January),... (Continue reading)

Over £50 million for clean energy projects across Africa

The UK has invested millions in clean technology across Africa, to support the continent’s growing energy needs. Green energy supply in Africa is set for a major boost after the UK government announced winners of an investment package for the... (Continue reading)

£183 million boost for military helicopter training

The MOD’s UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) has signed a £183 million contract to boost training services for new Rotary Wing pilots. The contract amendment includes: An uplift of four new Airbus H145 helicopters A state-of-the-art simulator and infrastructure... (Continue reading)

London schools benefit from Mayor’s air quality audit programme

Mayor Sadiq Khan’s blueprints for 50 schools in most polluted areas of London will now be implemented across 200 additional schools as five London boroughs commit to extending the Mayor’s air quality audit programme. Sadiq visits Salisbury Primary School in... (Continue reading)

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EU citizens vital to Scotland

New funding for legal support. EU citizens living and working in Scotland make an invaluable contribution to our society, culture and economy, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said today. At an event in Edinburgh to celebrate the positive impact of EU... (Continue reading)

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Boosting Scotland’s exports

First Minister stresses importance of international links. Efforts are being stepped up to help Scottish companies increase their exports following Brexit. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told business leaders and trade experts it was more important than ever for Scotland to... (Continue reading)

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