February, 2020

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Adult Social Care gets £4.5m digital boost

NHS Digital is investing £4.5m as part of the NHS’ Digital Transformation Portfolio to help bridge the technology gap between the NHS and adult social care. This will see Sixteen organisations that deliver, and commission adult social care services receive... (Continue reading)

Mental health support and staff pay rise among £23m increase in further education spending in Wales

The Welsh Government has revealed details of the additional £23m it will be providing to Further Education colleges, including sixth forms and Adult Community Learning, for the next financial year. Today it was confirmed that college staff will receive a... (Continue reading)

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Education and skills funding rises to £3.57 billion

Improving the life chances of children and young people underlined in Scottish Budget. Education and skills funding will rise 1.7% in real terms to £3.57 billion, under the proposed Budget 2020-21. Speaking today at the opening of a new Learning... (Continue reading)

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Better access to learning

Digital hubs launched across South of Scotland. A £6.7 million digital network will improve access to training for students from across the South of Scotland. The Skills and Learning Network is a partnership between Borders and Dumfries and Galloway Colleges,... (Continue reading)

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Investing in affordable homes

Budget provides future funding guarantee. More than £840 million will support the delivery of affordable homes. Last week’s budget announced a £17 million increase to help meet the Scottish Government’s commitment to deliver 50,000 affordable homes over the course of... (Continue reading)

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West Midlands Trains must invest £20 million after poor performance and delays

The additional funding will be invested in timetable improvements, recruiting new train drivers and offering passengers compensation for poor service. government taking action to address poor performance of West Midlands Trains operator must invest £20 million to improve service for... (Continue reading)

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Seafood fund seeks ideas for innovation projects up to £250k

Applications are now open for a second round of the £10 million UK Seafood Innovation Fund to transform the future landscape of the seafood industry. The second round of applications to the UK Seafood Innovation Fund is now open, boosting... (Continue reading)

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 Simplified processes provide welcome boost for UK researchers

From today the government’s overarching research body, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), will trial streamlined application processes for researchers. Government to trial simplified research grant application processes, helping free up researchers to focus more exclusively on their studies unnecessary paperwork... (Continue reading)

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£1m fund for innovative waste oils recycling technology revealed

Defence Minister unveils DASA and RAF contract winners to develop novel technique that could save money and help the environment The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) can today announce £1m funding for innovative technology to recycle waste aircraft oils and... (Continue reading)

John Tizard: Transparency matters in public sector outsourcing – but it must also be auditable

John Tizard

An ever-increasing proportion of total public expenditure goes to a complex web of organisations, including large contractors, SMEs, charities, housing associations and academy chains, who all deliver public services. All expenditure should be transparent. This is particularly the case when... (Continue reading)

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