August, 2020


More support for perinatal and infant mental health

Charities providing counselling and peer and parental support are to share funding to help improve the life chances and wellbeing of pregnant women, new mums and their families. The Perinatal and Infant Mental Health fund will provide annual funding of... (Continue reading)

Finance Minister announces additional £2.8 million to support Council Tax Reduction Scheme

Local councils across Wales will receive an extra £2.8 million to help them fund the increase in demand on the Welsh Government’s Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS) since the start of the pandemic. With large numbers of households being affected... (Continue reading)

Funding boost for artificial intelligence in NHS to speed up diagnosis of deadly diseases

Patients will benefit from major improvements in technology to speed up the diagnosis of deadly diseases like cancer thanks to further investment in the use of artificial intelligence across the NHS. A £50 million funding boost will scale up the... (Continue reading)

UK government provides over £140 million of support for exports to Ghana

UK Export Finance (UKEF) has announced it will provide over £140 million of financing to support UK exports to Ghana and help secure export opportunities for UK companies on major national infrastructure projects across the country. This infrastructure support has... (Continue reading)

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Transport Secretary announces plans to make pavements accessible for all

Pavements could be made safer for people with disabilities, and families, under new proposals to ban antisocial parking unveiled by the government today (31 August 2020). Parking on pavements disproportionately affects people with visual or mobility impairments, those assisted by... (Continue reading)

War on plastic waste stepped up with extension of plastic bag charge

The single-use carrier bag charge will be extended to all retailers and increased to 10p from April 2021 to further protect our oceans from plastic waste. The Government has today stepped up its fight against single-use plastics by confirming that... (Continue reading)

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Supporting Scottish culture and heritage

Emergency funding announced. Culture and heritage sectors are to benefit from a £59 million funding package to protect jobs and help the industry weather the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. A new £15 million Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery... (Continue reading)

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Families in Wales encouraged to consider ‘back to school’ transport options

With the new school term about to start, families across Wales are being encouraged to consider the different transport options available for pupils returning to the classrooms from next week. Pupils and students intending to travel to and from schools... (Continue reading)

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UK Government to fund COVID-19 research in Scotland

The UK Government is investing £8.4 million in COVID-19 immunology research projects across the UK, including the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee. It is the biggest ever contribution to COVID-19 immunology research in the UK. Three new UK-wide studies... (Continue reading)

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£500,000 funding for innovative research to diagnose TB in cattle faster

The government has awarded £500,000 grant funding for projects that develop new tools to diagnose tuberculosis (bTB) in cattle. Ground-breaking scientific research aimed at detecting tuberculosis in cattle (bTB) will take place after five projects were awarded a combined investment... (Continue reading)

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