February, 2020

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Gambling regulation: problem gambling and protecting vulnerable people

The Gambling Commission and government need to do more to ensure that regulation can protect gamblers effectively, according to a new NAO report. There are an estimated 1.8 million ‘at risk’ gamblers and 395,000 ‘problem’ gamblers – including 55,000 children,... (Continue reading)

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Welsh stations miss out on UK government investment

The Welsh Government has expressed its disappointment after stations on the Wales & Borders network have missed out on UK government funding, describing it as “the UK government’s failure to deliver the investment they are responsible for.” The Welsh Government... (Continue reading)

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New support plan to improve jails

A new intensive support programme will help challenging jails to improve safety and rehabilitation, Prisons Minister Lucy Frazer announced today (28 February 2020). HMP Wormwood Scrubs, Bedford and Feltham among first to benefit more staff, new technology and maintenance improvements... (Continue reading)

£20 million to connect communities across the country with new railway stations

New stations to improve links between communities and unlock economic growth. government focused on strengthening rail connections by investing in new and restoring disused stations part of government’s £500 million drive to reverse Beeching cuts of the 1960s and reopen... (Continue reading)

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Government to improve road journeys across the country with £93 million investment and cutting-edge transport tech

Investment to target current pinch points on local roads. 32 local authorities awarded share of £93.4 million to repair roads and bridges a further £900,000 will fund scientists, innovators, academics and tech-focused start-ups to research new ways to future proof... (Continue reading)

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Coronavirus advice

We understand that our residents and visitors may have concerns about coronavirus. We would like to reassure you that the government and NHS are well prepared to deal with this virus. The council is monitoring the situation closely and coordinating... (Continue reading)

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Budget increase to tackle violence against women

New £13 million fund in record human rights and equality package. Services to protect women and girls from gender-based violence will receive an extra £1 million this year with the launch of a £13 million fund. The Delivering Equally Safe... (Continue reading)

Prime Minister sets out new measures to end rough sleeping

PM Boris Johnson confirms an extra £236 million to help get rough sleepers off the street. The Prime Minister has announced an extra £236 million to help get people off the streets and appointed an independent adviser to lead an... (Continue reading)

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World’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone to save NHS billions by 2050

New report shows the Ultra Low Emission Zone and the Mayor’s other air quality policies will save the NHS around £5 billion over next 30 years. Mayor’s world-leading action means almost 300,000 fewer Londoners suffering diseases attributable to air pollution... (Continue reading)

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Poots announces £2.2million for environmental projects from carrier bag levy money

Environment Minister Edwin Poots today announced that 24 environmental projects across NI will share £2.2million of monies generated by the carrier bag levy. The Environment Fund 2020/21 uses the proceeds of the carrier bag levy (introduced in April 2013) to... (Continue reading)

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