February, 2020


Preparations for coronavirus stepped up

Scotland prepared for coronavirus outbreak. Preparations for a coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Scotland have been accelerated, as the virus continues to spread beyond China. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon chaired a Scottish Government Resilience meeting (SGoRR) to discuss preparedness in Scotland,... (Continue reading)

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Designing a smoking cessation intervention 

How a smoking cessation intervention for people with common mental health problems in a psychological services setting has been designed. Researchers investigated changes in mental health after smoking cessation compared with continuing to smoke. Focusing on the treatment and epidemiology... (Continue reading)

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Vital domestic abuse services receive £141k funding boost

Life-saving services for domestic abuse victims and their children have been given a £141k funding boost. Croydon Council has been awarded £141,996 by government to continue its work keeping those experiencing domestic abuse and their children safe. The money will... (Continue reading)

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Government underspending puts investment plans at risk

As Rishi Sunak prepares the Johnson government’s first budget, a new Institute for Government report finds that departments may struggle to spend the money they are allocated as part of Johnson’s ambitious infrastructure investment plans. The 2019 Conservative manifesto committed... (Continue reading)

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Breaking down gender barriers in the classroom

Taskforce will embed gender equality in education. A taskforce to tackle gender stereotyping in the classroom will meet for the first time on Tuesday (25 February 2020). The Gender Equality Taskforce in Education and Learning will be jointly chaired by... (Continue reading)

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Budget delay risks action on child poverty

Range of measures to help those who need it most is dependent on budget passing. The drive to eradicate child poverty in Scotland will be dealt a grave blow if the latest Scottish Budget fails to pass its first hurdle,... (Continue reading)

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UK aid helps Scots tackle climate change ahead of Glasgow climate summit

UK aid-funded platform Energise Africa makes it easier for people to invest in clean energy projects in Africa UK aid helps Scots tackle climate change ahead of Glasgow climate summit UK aid-funded platform Energise Africa makes it easier for people... (Continue reading)

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NDEC cyber centre injects £1m into Ebbw Vale area

Wales’s pioneering cyber centre has met its key milestones and is forging ahead with its first major business win, Economy, Transport and North Wales Minister Ken Skates will announce at a ceremony today to mark the first year of the... (Continue reading)

Scottish Sea Rescue Heroes receive £125k UK Government funding

Five Scottish sea rescue charities are to share part of a £1 million UK Government funding boost. Inshore rescue services in Port William, Moray, Loch Lomond, Nith and East Sutherland will receive awards totalling £125k to support their life-saving work.... (Continue reading)

New pharmacy referral service to help patients avoid hospital readmission

From July, hospitals will be able to refer patients who would benefit from extra guidance around new prescribed medicines to their community pharmacy. Patients will be digitally referred to their pharmacy after discharge from hospital. The NHS Discharge Medicines Service... (Continue reading)

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