May, 2020


Up to £15 million to support the Citizens Advice service during COVID-19 pandemic

Citizens Advice and Citizens Advice Scotland will receive a funding boost of up to £15 million to help them deal with increased demand for advice and information from the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Scully has... (Continue reading)

Route announced for £1 billion Trans-Pennine dualling transformation

The announcement reveals the list of improvements  wants to now take into construction. The A66 is both a nationally important road, linking the M6 at Penrith in Cumbria with the A1(M) at Scotch Corner in North Yorkshire, and a key... (Continue reading)

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£50 million boost to support the recovery of our high streets

A new £50 million fund for councils to support their local high streets get safely back to business was announced yesterday by High Streets Minister Simon Clarke (24 May 2020). To prepare for the reopening of non-essential retail when the... (Continue reading)

6000 new supported homes as part of landmark commitment to end rough sleeping

Radical plans to provide thousands of long-term, safe homes for vulnerable rough sleepers taken off the streets during the pandemic have been unveiled yesterday (24 May 2020) by Housing Secretary Robert  Jenrick MP.  This ambitious commitment – the biggest of its kind since the government’s Rough Sleeping Initiative began – will... (Continue reading)

£300 million additional funding for local authorities to support new test and trace service

Local authorities will be central to supporting the new test and trace service across England, with the government providing a new funding package of £300 million. Each local authority will be given funding to develop tailored outbreak control plans, working... (Continue reading)

New app to provide specialist advice to GPs in seconds

Health Minister, Vaughan Gething, has approved £650,000 funding for a new system to allow GPs, paramedics and other healthcare professionals to get immediate specialist advice when reviewing and treating patients. The Consultant Connect app has been fast-tracked for use in... (Continue reading)

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Substantial investment to improve public transport and support economic growth announced by Welsh Government

£30 million is set to be invested in improving public transport and encouraging economic growth, Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales, Ken Skates has announced. Wales’ 22 local authorities were invited to submit proposals to Welsh Government’s Local Transport... (Continue reading)

New made-in-Wales blood test for coronavirus

A new made-in-Wales antibody test is being introduced throughout the UK to tell whether people have had coronavirus Wales – and the rest of the UK – will roll out the new-style blood tests, including those produced in Pencoed by... (Continue reading)

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Providing physical work packs for pupils with limited or no internet connection

A multi-academy trust (MAT) made up of primary schools mainly located in urban and rural disadvantaged areas shares its approach. Our multi-academy trust has used a variety of methods to engage our pupils in remote learning. For those pupils who... (Continue reading)

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UK provides new home for 478 children seeking asylum

UK government announces successful transfer of 478 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children under section 67. The UK government announced today that it has successfully completed the transfer of 478 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016. Amongst... (Continue reading)

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