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Scottish teenagers each to get access to pot of money over the next nine years

Hundreds of thousands of teenagers in Scotland are set to benefit for the first time from money in Child Trust Funds (CTFs) that has been waiting for them since they were young children. Since 2002, around 6.3 million CTF accounts... (Continue reading)

Weir welcomes £19.6million new build for St Joseph’s High School Crossmaglen

Education Minister Peter Weir has attended a sod cutting ceremony to mark a new school build for St Joseph’s High School, Crossmaglen. The project represents an investment of £19.6 million by the Department of Education. The construction project will see the... (Continue reading)

New Scottish space project to boost global sustainable development

UK Space Agency award funding to Glasgow-based company to support sustainable development in Kenya. Yesterday, on World Humanitarian Day (19th August), the UK Space Agency has announced new funding for a Glasgow-based company to help Kenya develop cleaner and more... (Continue reading)

Connecting Scotland

Around 23,000 low income households without proper internet access will be helped to get online with the assistance of £15 million of Scottish Government funding. The investment, part of the Connecting Scotland programme, will prioritise disadvantaged families with children and... (Continue reading)

£9.5 million programme to reduce housing’s carbon footprint

A new programme worth up to £9.5 million will reduce the carbon footprint of existing social housing in Wales, make energy bills more manageable for residents and provide new job and training opportunities. The Optimised Retrofit Programme (ORP), part of... (Continue reading)

York Central infrastructure funding confirmed

Homes England and Network Rail will be investing £77 million to ensure that York’s new city centre quarter development goes ahead, following confirmation of the route for the funding to the project from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local... (Continue reading)

Colleges to receive £200 million to transform their buildings

More than 180 colleges will receive a share of £200 million to begin immediate work from this September to repair and refurbish buildings and campuses so they continue to be great places to learn for the local communities they serve,... (Continue reading)

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Huge boost to national testing study will offer new COVID-19 insights

The ONS COVID-19 Infection Survey tracking the virus in the general population will expand from regularly testing 28,000 people per fortnight in England to 150,000 by October, the Health Secretary announces today (Wednesday 19 August 2020). The survey aims to increase to 400,000... (Continue reading)

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Mayor’s funding supporting 15,000 young Londoners

More than 15,000 young Londoners are benefiting from an additional £2.1million investment by the Mayor Sadiq Khan in activities and projects over the summer, to boost skills, improve mental health and steer young people away from becoming involved in violence.... (Continue reading)

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Major boost to COVID-19 testing turnaround times in Wales

Health Minister Vaughan Gething has announced nearly £32m to speed up result turnaround times. The investment will deliver faster results for contact tracing and ensure Wales is prepared for any increases in cases during the autumn and winter. The investment... (Continue reading)

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