January, 2020


Government’s support to business


Government could be doing more to ensure that its activities to support businesses are aligned and well-co-ordinated, according to the National Audit Office (NAO). The NAO has published two reports today. The first, Business support schemes, looks at the management... (Continue reading)

Minister announces £3.6million funding to support pioneering advances in sustainable energy

Minister for the Economy, Diane Dodds, today announced that Invest Northern Ireland has offered £3.6million of support for Phase II of the Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy (CASE). CASE, which is an industry-led sustainable energy research centre, is hosted at... (Continue reading)

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UK Government commits £2bn to support new Northern Ireland Executive

UK Government commits £2bn to support new Northern Ireland Executive The UK Government will provide a £2bn injection of financial support to the new Northern Ireland Executive which will end the nurses’ pay dispute, transform public services, turbocharge infrastructure investment... (Continue reading)

NHS funding bill enters Parliament

The NHS Long Term Plan Funding Bill will enshrine in law an extra £33.9 billion a year by 2024 for the NHS. Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, will today introduce the NHS Long Term Plan... (Continue reading)

New heart disease drug to be made available for NHS patients

The government is collaborating with pharmaceutical company Novartis to launch a clinical trial for new cholesterol treatment. Collaboration to offer cutting-edge new cholesterol treatment to tens of thousands of patients at risk of heart disease in coming years In a... (Continue reading)

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Government announces £8 million cash boost for vibrant new communities

Funds allocated to deliver up to 200,000 new homes in garden towns and villages and for councils to support new neighbourhood plans. Communities across England are set to benefit from thousands of new, better-designed homes thanks to an £8 million... (Continue reading)

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Search is on for young space entrepreneurs across the UK

The UK Space Agency is offering young people expert advice and a share of £50,000 for their ideas of how satellites could improve life on Earth. The SatelLife Competition, now in its fourth year, is looking for innovative proposals that... (Continue reading)

John Tizard: Will a majority Conservative Government lead to a public service outsourcing bonanza?

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With the start of a new year and a new, strong majority Conservative Government, public service outsourcing companies are no doubt buoyed and optimistic, in anticipation of a splurge of new contracts as a consequence of no real thaw in... (Continue reading)

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Brexit will not be “done” in 2020 – it will dominate government for years

The UK is set to leave the EU on 31 January 2020 and enter the transition period – a milestone in the Brexit process. But the most complicated tasks lie ahead and many questions about the UK’s departure are still... (Continue reading)

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£13m for new health centre in Cardiff

Health Minister, Vaughan Gething, has announced £13m funding for a new Wellbeing Hub in Cardiff. The Wellbeing Hub @ Maelfa will build on the existing advice, support and education services provided by the local authority and voluntary sector at the... (Continue reading)

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