July, 2020


Supporting local areas to prioritise and meet the needs of children and young people with SEND

Ofsted and CQC will visit local areas to support strengthening special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) systems in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, before returning to full inspections when it is right to do so. Ofsted visits in the... (Continue reading)

UK Space Agency, European Space Agency and DCMS open call for proposals on 5G and space

The UK Space Agency, European Space Agency (ESA) and DCMS have joined forces to invite companies to submit ideas for how they can use 5G terrestrial and space technology to support the UK’s logistics businesses – from rail to ports,... (Continue reading)

BCC responds to the Chancellor’s Summer Statement

Commenting on the Chancellor’s Summer Statement, delivered today, BCC Director General Dr Adam Marshall said:  “Businesses will celebrate many of the Chancellor’s announcements today, although it is likely that the scale of the stimulus needed to help the UK economy... (Continue reading)

Sustainable Farming to remain at heart of future Welsh agriculture support

Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, has confirmed Sustainable Farming will remain at the heart of future Welsh agriculture support. The Welsh Government published its response to last year’s Sustainable Farming and our Land consultation, which received over 3,300... (Continue reading)

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900 extra teaching staff in plan to “Recruit, recover and raise standards” in Welsh schools

The Welsh Government will provide an additional £29 million to schools to boost support for learners at crucial stages in their education from September. The equivalent of 600 extra teachers and 300 teaching assistants will be recruited throughout the next... (Continue reading)

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Applicants to nursing courses in England up 16% as NHS employs record number of nurses and midwives

A record number of nurses and midwives are employed in the NHS, as the Nursing and Midwifery’s Council reports its largest ever annual increase of registered nursing and midwifery professionals. Around 18,370 more nurses, midwives and nursing associates are now... (Continue reading)

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Rishi’s Plan for Jobs will help Britain bounce back

Delivering his Summer Economic Update in Parliament, the Chancellor announced a package of measures to support jobs in every part of the country, give businesses the confidence to retain and hire, and provide people with the tools they need to... (Continue reading)

Sunak prepares £3bn ‘green’ building retrofitting package

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is to reveal a £3bn package of green investment to “decarbonise” public buildings and cut emissions from poorly insulated homes, in a bid to kickstart Britain’s recovery from the coronavirus lockdown. It will involve improving insulation in... (Continue reading)

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Mayor and housing sector call for £5bn affordable homes investment

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has called for the Government to agree to a multi-billion pound package to kick-start London’s housing sector in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Ahead of the Chancellor’s economic statement tomorrow, London builders, councils, housing... (Continue reading)

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£4m available for Natura 2000 sites to help Wales protect vital habitats and threatened species

A grant scheme of at least £4m has been launched to help improve sites of natural significance around Wales, supporting land managers, charities and communities to take forward their vital work and contribute to the nation’s recovery from Covid-19. The... (Continue reading)

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