June, 2020

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£400 million boost to regional R&D projects across the UK

Seven major research and innovation projects across the UK have today (Friday 26 June) received over £400 million in government and industry funding. Businesses and universities in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff, Bristol, Liverpool and Kent are all set to benefit,... (Continue reading)

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Health Secretary calls on country to get tested as access is expanded even further

Coronavirus testing has been made even easier and more accessible, the Health Secretary announced today (Friday June 26th, 2020). Six new ‘walk through’ local testing sites are now offering appointments to people in England, with the capacity to test hundreds... (Continue reading)

Additional funding for councils

Almost £258 million of additional funding for vital local services, such as food provision for those in need, education and social care, has been approved by the Scottish Parliament. The provision of a further £72 million is being agreed with... (Continue reading)

£3 million given to Fire and Rescue Authorities to help the response to national emergencies

Fire and Rescue Authorities (FRAs) in Wales have been awarded £3 million in funding by Welsh Government, to support national resilience capabilities and the response to national emergencies. Split between all three Welsh authorities, the funding will support FRAs in... (Continue reading)

£150,000 awarded for digital solutions in response to Covid-19

Five digital health initiatives have been awarded funding as part of a £150,000 call to action for new and innovative ways to use digital technology in response to coronavirus and beyond. The five winning initiatives announced today [Thursday 25] will... (Continue reading)

UK-wide consultation into dairy sector to tackle supply chain issues launched

The UK Government working with the devolved administrations have launched a consultation seeking to end any unfair practices across the UK’s dairy sector. Evidence gathered during the Groceries Code Adjudicator Call for Evidence in 2016 highlighted how unfair practices have persisted in the... (Continue reading)

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UK and Welsh governments team up on big broadband boost for rural Wales

Residents and businesses will have access to more funding for better broadband, as the Welsh Government “tops up” the UK Government’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme, it was announced yesterday (Wednesday June 24, 2020). The scheme helps people with funding to... (Continue reading)

£105 million to keep rough sleepers safe and off the streets during coronavirus pandemic

Interim housing for thousands of rough sleepers taken off the streets during the pandemic to be provided Government makes significant commitment in drive to end rough sleeping for good New funding from the Treasury to provide interim support for 15,000... (Continue reading)

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Extra support for new teachers amid surge in applications

New teachers are set to receive a boost to their training and development amid a surge in applications to join the classroom since the outbreak of coronavirus. The new induction programme, based on the Early Career Framework, will be launched... (Continue reading)

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MOD funds predictive sepsis test for coronavirus patients

Ploughshare Innovations, a Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) spin-out firm, has funded the development of a revolutionary test that has the potential to predict whether coronavirus patients will develop Sepsis before symptoms appear. £200,000 of initial seed funding has... (Continue reading)

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