October, 2020

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Preparing the NHS for winter during a pandemic

An NHS Winter Preparedness Plan outlining steps to ensure a resilient and safe health care system has been published. With coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continuing to rise, £1.1 billion has already been allocated to NHS Health Boards and Integration Authorities to... (Continue reading)

UK invites Malaysia to bid for £2.5 million UK PACT climate change grant

The British High Commission announced a £2.5 million (approximately RM13 million) grant under the UK Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions (UK PACT) Programme and launched a call for project proposals in Malaysia. This is part of the UK Government’s International... (Continue reading)

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All systems go for UK’s £55M fusion energy experiment

For the first time, after a seven-year build, the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)’s £55M-machine, labelled Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak (MAST) Upgrade, has achieved “first plasma” – where all the essential components work together simultaneously. The project was funded by... (Continue reading)

Boost for families wishing to build their own home

A review to make it easier for people to build their own home has been announced by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick today (30 October 2020). Building or designing your own home plays an important part in helping people get a... (Continue reading)

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£300 million phase of Economic Resilience Fund opens for applications

Last week, Welsh Government announced it was doubling this phase of the fund, making nearly £300 million available to support businesses that continue to be affected by COVID-19. As a result of the “firebreak”, which began on Friday 23 October... (Continue reading)

£12.5m to support vulnerable families and children during pandemic

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A £12.5m package of funding to support vulnerable children and families has today been announced by Julie Morgan, Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services. It will support a range of services for children and families whose lives have been... (Continue reading)

£29 million government funding to boost digital revolution and help keep people safe online

A new online safety centre of excellence and six new research projects across the UK will help people seize the possibilities of the digital revolution while addressing challenges to online safety and privacy. The initiatives are part of a £29... (Continue reading)

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Offshore Windfarm development boosted by £2 million research

In a move that could significantly boost the UK’s renewable energy growth, contracts have been awarded to Thales, QinetiQ, Saab, TWI and Plextek DTS to fast-track their ideas for technologies that could mitigate the impact of windfarms on the UK’s... (Continue reading)

John Tizard: NAO enquiry into Government COVID-19 procurement is welcome.

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As part of its consideration of the Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Audit Office (NAO) is preparing a report, to be published later this year, which will consider: the scale of COVID-19-related procurement; to what extent (if... (Continue reading)

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