July, 2020


John Tizard: Can COVID-19 be the catalyst to end marketisation and introduce relational partnerships with charities?

John Tizard

As the COVID-19 pandemic and the public sector’s response to it moves to a new phase, and whilst thoughts are turning to managing and surviving the pandemic for what may be many months or even years, there is much talk... (Continue reading)

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Are you missing out on a council tax reduction?

With more people than ever facing financial hardship due to the coronavirus crisis, Finance Minister Rebecca Evans is urging everyone to check if they are eligible for help with paying their council tax bills. The Welsh Government’s flagship Council Tax... (Continue reading)

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Dstl awards £300 million weapons research contract

The Weapons Sector Research Framework (WSRF) contract will provide the armed forces with the battle winning technology to fight future conflicts including directed energy, complex and conventional weapons technologies A contract for the accelerated development of disruptive weapon technologies has... (Continue reading)

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Dowden: ‘Jump-start’ for UK’s leading creative industries

Government announces new £500 million scheme to kickstart film and television production struggling to secure insurance for Covid-related costs Further detail also released on how £880 million of the government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund will support cultural, arts and... (Continue reading)

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Giant leap for UK spaceflight programme as consultation launches


A public consultation on regulations that will support the Space Industry Act 2018 opens today, paving the way for the UK’s first ever space launch. consultation on the rules governing UK spaceflight launches today first ever launch into space could... (Continue reading)

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Government further boosts chances of UK receiving COVID-19 vaccine

Deal announced which will secure early access to a promising new coronavirus vaccine, enhancing the UK’s growing portfolio of vaccine candidates. An additional 60 million doses of a potentially lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine have been secured by the government the agreement... (Continue reading)

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Applications open for £50 million funding to boost UK customs intermediaries

HMRC is encouraging customs intermediaries and traders who make their own declarations to take advantage of the funding now. From today (29 July 2020), customs intermediaries can apply for £50 million of new funding, first announced in June 2020, to... (Continue reading)

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Pride at Home

Executive Director of People, Morven Spalding reflects on how SLC colleagues have celebrated Pride at home this year. Working from home isn’t always easy. Those living alone can feel isolated, while those with partners may have felt their relationships put... (Continue reading)

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Redress for abuse in care

More than 400 advance payments made. A scheme that offers recognition and acknowledgement to survivors of historical childhood abuse in care has made payments of £10,000 each to 417 people in its first year. The Advance Payment Scheme provides redress... (Continue reading)

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Extra funding to support low income families

Scottish Welfare Fund payments rise to £37.6 million. Funding of £37.6 million was allocated to support people and families on low incomes in times of need in the 12 months to 31 March 2020 – an increase of 7% on... (Continue reading)

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