February, 2020

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Wales and Ireland drive forward new collaboration

As Wales and Ireland face off in the Six Nations rugby today, Counsel General Jeremy Miles announced funding worth more than €6 million for 3 new projects aimed at strengthening ties between our 2 nations. The Welsh and Irish Governments... (Continue reading)

Moving to low carbon farming

A new programme to support farming’s contribution to meeting Scotland’s climate change ambitions is to receive £40 million of initial funding.   The Agricultural Transformation Programme will support the agricultural industry to undertake a range of potential actions to reduce... (Continue reading)

New UK aid to help stop the spread of coronavirus around the world

The International Development Secretary Alok Sharma has today pledged new support to the WHO to help respond to the global coronavirus outbreak. A number of developing countries across Asia and Africa have identified potential cases, but many lack the tools,... (Continue reading)

Government considers more flexible training for healthcare professionals switching discipline

The government will consider how to better recognise the skills and experience of existing healthcare professionals who want to train in a different area of healthcare. Newly designed courses could take into account existing qualifications, training and experience, making it... (Continue reading)

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. In a stark warning to train operators across the country, West Midlands Trains (WMT) will be required to spend an... (Continue reading)

Innovative new Freeports across the UK as Government lays out plans to boost economy

New hubs of business and enterprise will be opened across the UK creating thousands of jobs, regenerating communities and turbocharging Britain’s post-Brexit growth, the Government announced today (Monday 10 February). Up to ten new innovative Freeports will be opened across... (Continue reading)

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£5.5m to help prevent and reduce obesity in Wales

Minister for Health and Social Services, Vaughan Gething has announced an extra £5.5m to back plans to halt obesity in Wales. The £5.5m announced today is made up of: £4.1m for health boards and partners to provide support services for... (Continue reading)

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Record investment in health and care

Health and care funding will rise to more than £15 billion for the first time under the 2020-21 Budget. As part of the overall uplift, the Scottish Government has delivered more than £100 million in excess of Barnett consequentials to... (Continue reading)

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New ways to apply for children and young people disability benefits

Applications for the new Child Disability Payment are going to be available online, face-to-face and by telephone – for the first time ever. The Scottish Government is introducing the new benefit this summer, replacing the UK Government’s Child Disability Living... (Continue reading)

UK’s Creative Industries contributes almost £13 million to the UK economy every hour

New government figures show the country’s successful creative industries contributed £111.7 billion to the UK in 2018, equivalent to £306 million every day. This is up 7.4 per cent on the previous year, meaning growth in the sector is more... (Continue reading)

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