May, 2020


Update on Fisheries Response Fund: support for aquaculture businesses

Update on the support for aquaculture businesses under the Fisheries Response Fund English aquaculture businesses producing seafood for the food supply chain may now apply for grants up to a maximum of £10,000 per farm from the government’s £10 million... (Continue reading)

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UK to observe a two-minute silence to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day

Union Flags will fly at full-mast on UK Government buildings and the UK will observe a two-minute silence on Friday 8 May to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe. A two minute... (Continue reading)

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Over 1 million food boxes delivered to those most at risk from coronavirus

Over 1 million boxes of essential food have now been delivered to those at highest risk across England. Nationwide milestone reached as part of unprecedented government effort to protect the most clinically vulnerable from coronavirus In the last week, the... (Continue reading)

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More than 69,000 Bounce Back Loans worth over £2 billion have been approved during the first 24 hours of the scheme, the Chancellor has announced.

More than 69,000 Bounce Back Loans worth over £2 billion have been approved during the first 24 hours of the scheme, the Chancellor has announced. The seven largest lenders (Barclays, Danske, HSBC, Lloyds, RBS, Santander and Virgin Money) received more... (Continue reading)

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John Tizard: Procurement cannot escape a Public Enquiry on COVID-19

John Tizard

Inevitably, there will be a public enquiry (ideally a judicial enquiry) on the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the British people and economy. The enquiry should be, be comprehensive, wide ranging and consider matters including: • the preparedness of... (Continue reading)

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Preparing for economic recovery

Expert tech review announced as further business support opens to applications. The second phase of the Small Business Grant scheme – which extends grant support to all subsequent eligible properties – is now open for applications, Finance Secretary Kate Forbes... (Continue reading)

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Extra payment for unpaid carers

Investment of £19.2 million to support 83,000 carers As part of the next emergency coronavirus legislation, the Scottish Government is proposing an additional £19.2 million investment in Carer’s Allowance Supplement. This is in recognition of the additional pressure that carers... (Continue reading)

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Aid for private rental landlords

Support to protect tenants. A £5 million fund will offer interest-free loans to landlords whose tenants are having difficulty paying rent during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The Private Rent Sector Landlord COVID-19 Loan Scheme will offer eligible landlords up to... (Continue reading)

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Funding boost to steer more women away from crime

A funding pot of £2.5 million is being made available to community services across England and Wales which support women at risk of being drawn into crime. £2.5 million to be awarded to community services which divert women away from... (Continue reading)

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£5.4 million to support legal advice sector during the COVID-19 pandemic

People seeking help with housing, debt, discrimination and employment problems will benefit from a £5.4m boost thanks to new government funding. The money will be distributed to those most in need through not for profit organisations and Law Centres across... (Continue reading)

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