July, 2020

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£200-million announced for vital improvements to troops’ accommodation

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Chancellor Rishi Sunak announce £200-million new government funding for the UK Armed Forces’ housing and accommodation. Thousands of UK Armed Forces families across the UK will have their housing and accommodation improved and renovated thanks... (Continue reading)

Support for childcare sector

Transitional Support Fund announced. Funding of £11.2m is being made available to support childcare providers with the cost of safely reopening. The new Transitional Support Fund will help childcare providers in the private and third sectors, including out-of-school care providers,... (Continue reading)

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£100 million for employment support and training

Focussing on support for youth jobs. People looking for work or those at risk of redundancy will benefit from additional assistance to move into work or retrain. The package of support, outlined by Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop, is backed by... (Continue reading)

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Helping farmers diversify into forestry

Additional £1m available through new Agricultural Transformation Programme. Farmers and crofters are being offered £1 million in funding to diversify into forestry and help with the fight against climate change The money is the first batch of funding from the... (Continue reading)

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Monthly GDP Estimates for May

An Experimental Statistics Publication for Scotland. Scotland’s GDP increased by 1.5% in May, after the sharp falls of 18.9% in April and 5.5% in March, according to statistics announced today by the Chief Statistician. Although output has picked up slightly... (Continue reading)

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Planning for re-opening schools safely

Advice on physical distancing and school transport published. Scientific advice for the safe re-opening of schools and resumption of school transport has been published today (Thursday 16 July). The advice will inform the development of comprehensive guidance on how to... (Continue reading)

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Welsh Government Economic Resilience Fund protects 75,000 jobs

Economy Minister Ken Skates has revealed that the Welsh Government’s unique Economic Resilience Fund (ERF) has already supported more than 9,000 businesses in Wales, helping them to protect around 75,000 jobs. The fund has seen £150 million worth of crucial... (Continue reading)

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Summer Reading Challenge 2020 launches today

The Summer Reading Challenge will be launched in Wales today by the Education Minister and the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism. The annual Challenge aims to get children between the ages of 4 and 11 to read six... (Continue reading)

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Commonwealth stands together on the global response to coronavirus

The Prime Minister has issued a joint statement alongside 53 Commonwealth Heads of Government, vowing to stand together against the challenges posed by the Coronavirus pandemic. The statement says the Commonwealth is committed to protect the health of all 2.4... (Continue reading)

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Local lockdown measures to continue in Leicester with modifications

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock spoke about the local lockdown measures in Leicester and an issue with Randox swab test kits. Mr Speaker, with permission, I would like to make a statement on our action against coronavirus and... (Continue reading)

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