May, 2020


Safe return to schools and nurseries

Education Secretary John Swinney has published a summary of the scientific advice behind the plans to re-open schools and Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) settings. In agreement with councils, professional associations and parent representatives, all schools will return on 11... (Continue reading)

UK Government to provide up to £23m in extra funding to tackle coronavirus in Wales

The UK Government has committed up to £23m in extra funding to support the Welsh Government during the coronavirus pandemic. As a result of recently-announced UK Government funding commitments to the Test and Trace Service and housing for rough-sleepers in... (Continue reading)

New £1 billion building safety fund to remove dangerous cladding from high rise buildings

Building owners have been urged to act and put the safety of residents first as the government’s £1 billion Building Safety Fund to remove dangerous cladding was launched by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP. It comes as the government yesterday... (Continue reading)

Dstl Awards £350 million ASTRID contract to BAE Systems CORDA

A contract worth up to £350 million to provide cutting-edge analysis to underpin UK Defence and Security decision-making has been awarded by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) to BAE Systems CORDA. Under the ASTRID (Analysis for Science and... (Continue reading)

Further £1 million invested into England’s fishing industry

A £1 million grants scheme supporting innovative ways to sell fish and shellfish has awarded the first grants to projects across England. The Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme was set up in April to help projects that will increase the sale... (Continue reading)

Government significantly boosts UK PPE supply with more than 100 new deals

A significant boost to PPE supplies that should help meet demand in the health and social care sectors has been announced by government. It has signed deals with more than 100 new suppliers from around the world in a challenging... (Continue reading)

UK commits new funding to combat space debris

New government funding for innovative solutions to tackle the growing problem of potentially hazardous space debris, has been announced today (Tuesday May 26th, 2020). There are an estimated 900,000 pieces of space debris larger than 1 cm orbiting the Earth,... (Continue reading)

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Prime Minister sets out timeline for retail to reopen in June

Thousands of high street shops, department stores and shopping centres across England are set to reopen next month once they are COVID-19 secure and can show customers will be kept safe, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed yesterday, Monday May... (Continue reading)

Covid funding plea

Finance Secretary Kate Forbes has urged the UK Government to provide certainty when announcing funding for Scotland to tackle the Covid crisis. On May 2 the UK Government announced a £617 million extension to business grants, which it advised would... (Continue reading)

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Transport Secretary announces new measures to “keep passengers safe now and level up for the future”

Further funding to protect and increase transport services, level up infrastructure and regenerate local economies after coronavirus (COVID-19) has been announced by the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps (23 May 2020). A further £283 million has been made available to increase... (Continue reading)

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