March, 2020


New electronic notifications service for vaccinations launched this winter

An NHS Digital service which enables information about flu vaccinations to be sent electronically from pharmacies to GP practices has been rolled out by two system suppliers. More than 30,000 electronic messages carrying flu vaccine information have been sent during... (Continue reading)

Wales calls time on low cost, high strength alcohol

A new law comes into force today (Monday March 2nd, 2020) setting a minimum price for alcohol in Wales. This means alcohol can’t be sold or supplied for less than 50p a unit. You won’t notice a change in the... (Continue reading)

More older people to be treated at home

An initiative to let more older people receive hospital quality care at home is to receive £1 million.The funding in the draft Scottish Budget for 2020/21 will support the development of ‘Hospital at Home’ type services – which can treat... (Continue reading)

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Preparations for COVID-19

The Scottish Government and NHS Scotland are well-prepared to deal with a potential coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and are working with the UK Government, Wales and Northern Ireland to publish a coordinated response. In the coming days the four nations will... (Continue reading)

Food standards

Scotland’s globally recognised food standards should not be sacrificed in order to secure non-EU trade deals, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said. The UK Government’s published mandate for talks with the European Union, their own Agriculture Bill, and public statements... (Continue reading)

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Helping homeowners maintain tenements

A project that  offers tenement homeowners free advice to tackle problems over communal upkeep will receive an extra £50,000. An additional £10,000 will support research into potential safety issues, such as electrical fires. In addition to taking action to support... (Continue reading)

£20m could provide Welsh communities with new railway stations

Towns and cities across Wales could see new stations constructed and disused links restored to their former glory, the UK Government Rail Minister confirmed on Friday (28 February), thanks to a £20m fund to boost rail connections across the country.... (Continue reading)

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UK launches second call for proposals for Business Innovation Challenge in Kenya

The UK launched the second round of a business innovation challenge fund that will see an additional 5 promising businesses receive grant funding and technical assistance of up to KES 13,000,000 (£100,000) each. The call for proposals will seek to... (Continue reading)

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