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£1m to help Credit Unions support those in need during the coronavirus crisis

Additional funding of up to £1m will be invested in Credit Unions to ensure they can provide access to fair and affordable credit for people affected by the coronavirus pandemic, Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Hannah Blythyn announced.... (Continue reading)

Funding boost for the great outdoors

Projects to improve access to the countryside and boost the sustainability of Designated Landscapes are to receive funding of £7.2m, Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Hannah Blythyn announced today (Monday September 14 2020). £4.7m has been awarded to... (Continue reading)

Big broadband boost for rural English shires and counties

More than £22 million of additional funding is being invested into the UK Government’s broadband voucher scheme, which subsidises the costs of building gigabit-capable broadband networks to hard-to-reach areas. Gigabit-capable broadband enables internet download speeds of up to 1,000 megabits... (Continue reading)

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Defence Secretary announces investment in strategic Omani port

The Defence Secretary has announced a further £23.8 million investment in the UK logistics hub at Duqm port, as part of a visit to Oman and Qatar to discuss shared security challenges and future collaboration. The investment in the Omani... (Continue reading)

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Rule of six comes into effect to tackle coronavirus

New laws prohibiting social gatherings of more than six people come into effect today (Monday 14 September) as the Government calls on the public to remain vigilant in the fight against coronavirus. The new “rule of six” simplifies and strengthens... (Continue reading)

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UK-Japan trade deal offers boost to Scottish businesses

Scottish wild salmon, Scotch beef and lamb are among 14 iconic Scottish products that could be protected in Japan for first time as part of the UK-Japan trade deal. Scotch whisky will also continue to benefit. The UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic... (Continue reading)

UK Government invests in Covid research at St Andrews University

The UK Government is investing £270,000 in research at the University of St Andrews. A team of physicists and virologists at the university are testing different surfaces and coatings for their effectiveness in killing the Covid-19 virus. Covid-19 can be... (Continue reading)

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Businesses urged to prepare for NHS COVID-19 app

Businesses across Wales and England like pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and cinemas, are being encouraged to have NHS QR code posters visible on entry, so customers who have downloaded the new NHS COVID-19 app can use their smartphones to easily check-in.... (Continue reading)

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Regenerating communities

£30 million to support economic recovery. All of Scotland’s 32 local authorities and more than 25 individual community regeneration projects will receive a share of £30 million of new investment for regeneration and town centres. The funding will be available... (Continue reading)

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Maximum gathering set at six people from two households

Indoor and outdoor gatherings revised to keep virus under control. The number of people who can gather together, indoors or outdoors, will be set at maximum of six from two households. Moves announced today by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will... (Continue reading)

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