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Countering Drones Phase 2 competition gains extra funding

An additional £1.5M funding is being allocated to the Defence and Security Accelerator’s (DASA) Countering Drones competition. The Home Office Counter-Drones Unit owns domestic counter-drones policy for the Government, working closely across the Government and operational partners to understand risk... (Continue reading)

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Largest testing programme for coronavirus publishes its initial findings

Over 120,000 volunteers tested across England between 1 May and 1 June as part of the country’s largest study into coronavirus. Health Secretary welcomes initial findings from Imperial College London suggesting there was a significant reduction of the virus before... (Continue reading)

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Breast Cancer Screening to resume

Patients will receive letters to reschedule appointments. The Breast Screening Programme which was paused in March because of coronavirus (COVID-19) is to resume safely and carefully from 3 August. Anyone who was invited for a breast screening appointment before the... (Continue reading)

New guidance to support September schools return

The Welsh Government has today published updated guidance to support schools prior to the return of all pupils in September. Last Thursday, the Education Minister, Kirsty Williams, announced that all learners would be able to return to schools in the... (Continue reading)

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Angelina Jolie and UK call for support to protect education for refugee children

The UK has announced £5.3 million of new UK aid to support salaries of teachers in the world’s poorest refugee-hosting countries. Angelina Jolie will join Baroness Sugg, the UK’s Special Envoy for Girls’ Education, to ensure refugee children are not... (Continue reading)

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97.5% of in-person coronavirus (COVID-19) tests returned next day

Statistics covering the 5th week of operation (25 June to 1 July) of the NHS Test and Tracehe 5th set of data demonstrates a huge improvement in turnaround times of test results. Anyone getting a test at a regional test... (Continue reading)

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Multi-billion pound investment as government unveils new long-term plan to tackle flooding

Homes and businesses across the country will be better protected and more resilient in future after the government revealed its long-term plan to tackle the risks of flooding and coastal erosion. The measures set out in the new plan are... (Continue reading)

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Hairdressers and barbers to re-open

Guidance published to ensure safe return for salons. Hairdressers and barbers are preparing to re-open on 15 July under the Scottish Government’s route map out of lockdown. To ensure salons can safely re-open new guidance has been published for the... (Continue reading)

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Emergency funding to prevent homelessness

Call for UK Government to provide support. Ministers have demanded that the UK government suspend their restrictions in order to prevent homelessness and destitution among people who have No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF). More than £875,000 has been provided... (Continue reading)

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Wales ready to welcome visitors again

The First Minister Mark Drakeford will today see how tourism businesses are preparing to welcome back visitors to Wales as the sector prepares to open for the first time since the since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. He will... (Continue reading)

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