August, 2020


Hundreds of additional school improvement projects get green light

Funding has today (5 August) been allocated for 580 building projects at academies, sixth form colleges and voluntary aided schools in England to transform facilities and improve school buildings. The funding will be used to repair and upgrade school facilities... (Continue reading)

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Further £50 million for social care sector

The social care sector will receive up to £50 million further additional funding to help meet additional costs related to coronavirus (COVID-19), Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has announced. Following an agreement between the Scottish Government and COSLA, the funding will... (Continue reading)

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£20 million to improve small business leadership and problem-solving skills in the wake of coronavirus

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis spurs British businesses to adopt new ways of working, the government is investing £20 million to improve small businesses’ management, productivity and problem-solving skills through 2 training programmes, at this crucial time in the UK’s... (Continue reading)

£1.3 billion investment to deliver homes, infrastructure and jobs

Tens of thousands of new homes and other vital infrastructure projects were given the green light with nearly £1.3 billion of investment confirmed today (4 August 2020) by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick. The move is part of the government’s comprehensive... (Continue reading)

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Quality assurance at heart of new £2 billion green homes grants

Builders, plumbers, and other tradespeople across England will need a government-backed seal of approval to provide their services as part of the new £2 billion Green Homes Grant going live at the end of September. The new scheme will see... (Continue reading)

Funding boost for science centres

Scotland’s four science centres are being offered an extra £2 million in emergency funding to help weather the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The money is on top of annual funding of £2.67 million from the Scottish Government, and... (Continue reading)

Emergency funding to prevent homelessness

The UK government must reconsider its position on people with no recourse to public funds (NRPF) according to Housing Minister Kevin Stewart. The move follows a letter from Minister for Immigration Compliance Chris Philp which again stated that there were... (Continue reading)

Minister announces extra £22.7m to help adult social care sector

Health and Social Services Minister Vaughan Gething has announced £22.7m in extra funding to help meet the additional costs adult social care providers are incurring as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The money is in addition to the £40m... (Continue reading)

Roll-out of 2 new rapid coronavirus tests ahead of winter

Millions of ground-breaking rapid coronavirus tests will be rolled out to hospitals, care homes and labs across the UK to increase testing capacity ahead of winter. The tests will enable clinicians and NHS Test and Trace to quickly advise on... (Continue reading)

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Eat Out to Help Out launches today – with government paying half on restaurant bills

Anyone visiting a participating restaurant, café or pub on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout August will receive the half price discount – keeping more money in hardworking families’ pockets and giving a vital boost to the UK’s hospitality sector. The... (Continue reading)

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