June, 2020

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Criminals seek to exploit COVID-19 outbreak

Organised crime groups target most vulnerable. Criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic and playing on the fears of businesses and the public, Scotland’s Serious Organised Crime Taskforce has heard. Organised crime groups are now focusing on targeting those most vulnerable... (Continue reading)

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Bridging payments for stewardship agreements complete

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has confirmed that more than 3,800 bridging payments worth around £43 million have been made to farmers and land managers. On 28 April the government announced that, in recognition of the disruption to cash flow... (Continue reading)

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New £300-million contract paves the way for Veterans UK digital transformation

The way many of Veterans UK services are delivered is to be digitised as part of a new contract worth £300-million that successfully commenced on 1 June 2020. The 7 year contract will enable Veterans UK and other parts of... (Continue reading)

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Specialist Youth Justice degree for all officers working with children

Prison officers are being taught specialist skills to support their vital work with children who are in custody having committed serious offences. The £4.9 million scheme will see each officer working in youth custody become a Youth Justice Specialist after... (Continue reading)

Yemen: New UK aid will help stop the spread of coronavirus

A new package of UK aid worth £160million will help fight coronavirus and address the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced today. Even before the pandemic, Yemen was already experiencing the largest humanitarian crisis in the... (Continue reading)

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Additional quota for inshore fishing

Up to £2 million of potential new opportunities to help fleet. Inshore fishers who usually target shellfish will now be able to diversify into new markets and access fishing opportunities worth up to £2 million. The package aimed at helping... (Continue reading)

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Up to £65 million set aside to keep Wales’ railway running

Welsh Government has announced it will spend up to £65 million over the next 6 months to ensure train services continue to operate on the Wales and Borders network for key workers and others that rely on the train to... (Continue reading)

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New plans to boost security of consumer smart devices

Innovators encouraged to bid for funding to help security assurance of consumer smart devices Pot of £400k to support market of industry-led assurance schemes for rapidly growing Internet of Things sector Comes as smart device owners urged to change default... (Continue reading)

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£5 million funding given to mental health community projects

Community projects supporting people with their mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will benefit from their share of £5 million of additional funding. Community projects nationwide set to receive share of £5 million government investment to expand mental health... (Continue reading)

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UK reaches 200,000 coronavirus testing capacity target a day early

Following the rapid expansion of coronavirus testing, the UK reached the 200,000 capacity target on Saturday 30 May, including capacity for 40,000 antibody tests a day The extensive capacity now available makes this one of the largest network of diagnostic... (Continue reading)

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