November, 2020

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Extra £2.6m for local authorities to support Council Tax Reduction Scheme

With large numbers of households facing reduced income or unemployment due to the pandemic, the scheme continues to provide a lifeline to many low income households across Wales. This additional funding takes the total amount of COVID-19 support for the... (Continue reading)

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£3.5m Circular Economy fund for public bodies to support a green recovery opens

Following two successful previous rounds, the additional funding will support publicly funded bodies to deliver capital projects to support a green recovery and help accelerate Wales’ shift towards a circular economy – by keeping materials in circulation for as long... (Continue reading)

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Thousands of women and girls to benefit from £15m Tampon Tax Fund

Charities supporting disadvantaged women and girls through the coronavirus pandemic and recovery are to receive £15 million from the latest round of the Tampon Tax Fund. Projects that help victims of domestic abuse, work with eating disorder sufferers, and provide... (Continue reading)

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UK government announces pay rise for millions of people

Around 2 million of the UK’s lowest-paid workers expected to benefit from increase in National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage for the first time, the National Living Wage will apply to 23 and 24 year olds measured increases will... (Continue reading)

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£10 billion package to build more homes and level up communities

Package to build more homes, end rough sleeping and support and level up communities across England  welcomed by Secretary of State. £7.1 billion National Home Building Fund to build more affordable, sustainable and beautiful homes across England Funding to level... (Continue reading)

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Reconnecting the railways: communities awarded funding to restore Beeching rail links and forgotten stations

15 rail schemes awarded up to £50,000 to accelerate plans that could restore lines and stations to communities, including those closed during the Beeching cuts government investing £32 million to develop and construct new stations in England and Wales part... (Continue reading)

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Record numbers of doctors and 14,813 more nurses working in the NHS

NHS workforce data for August shows the number of nurses in the NHS in England increased by 14,813 compared to last year, and the number of doctors rose to a record 121,726. The number of nurses in the NHS in... (Continue reading)

Flu vaccine uptake among people aged 65+ on track to be highest on record

From 1 December, 50 to 64 years olds will also be eligible for a free vaccine. Uptake is also the highest it has ever been in 2 and 3 year olds, at 47.6% and 49.4%, data published by Public Health... (Continue reading)

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£20 million boost for world class AI research could transform cancer treatment and save lives

Turing AI Acceleration Fellowships will give 15 of the UK’s top AI innovators the resources to drive forward their ground-breaking research. New Turing AI Fellowships are part of the government’s ambition to maintain the UK’s position as a world leader... (Continue reading)

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Guidance for students returning home

Plans for mass testing of asymptomatic students. Students travelling home at the end of term will be able to take voluntary coronavirus (COVID-19) tests through their college or university from next Monday. As part of a number of measures to... (Continue reading)

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