December, 2020


£149 million to support increased care home testing

Care homes across the country will benefit from additional rapid testing to test staff twice a week to help protect residents and workers from the virus. Staff in all tiers will receive 2 rapid tests a week, in addition to... (Continue reading)

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£400 million of new funding to support Scotland through Covid-19

New funding of £800 million is being guaranteed for the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to support people, businesses and public services with the ongoing impact of Covid-19. Today’s announcement increases the UK Government’s unprecedented upfront guarantee... (Continue reading)

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Travel ban implemented to protect public health following South Africa COVID-19 outbreak

passengers travelling from South Africa into England from 9am Thursday 24 December will not be permitted to enter, reflecting increased risk from new strain of coronavirus British and Irish Nationals, visa holders and permanent residents arriving from South Africa will... (Continue reading)

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Confirmed cases of COVID-19 variant from South Africa identified in UK

The 2 cases were identified in the UK on 22 December 2020 and both have been in contact with someone who has travelled from South Africa. Public Health England’s Health Protection Teams have followed up with both cases and contact... (Continue reading)

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Serial testing to be piloted by South Wales Police

A four-week pilot for asymptomatic serial testing with South Wales Police has been announced by the Health Minister. The main aim of the pilot is to trial a serial testing regime that will aim to minimise the number of Police... (Continue reading)

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£110m Mid Wales Growth Deal reaches key milestone

The Mid Wales Growth Deal reached a significant milestone today with the signing of the Heads of Terms by the Welsh Government, UK Government and the region’s local authorities. The signing demonstrates a commitment by both governments and the local... (Continue reading)

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New £5 million project to save woodlands

The project will restore the ravine woodlands in the Peak District National Park The project will tackle ash dieback in the ravines The future of the beautiful ravine woodlands in the Peak District is looking brighter thanks to £5 million... (Continue reading)

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Next steps in Government’s £5 billion gigabit broadband plan

A consultation has been launched on the draft procurement strategy for the UK Gigabit Programme setting out plans to connect the first one million homes and businesses with gigabit speed broadband and maximise coverage in the hardest to reach 20%... (Continue reading)

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Record numbers of doctors and nurses working in the NHS

The number of nurses in the NHS in England increased by 13,313 on last year to a record 299,184, and the number of doctors rose by 6,030 to a record 122,446, figures to the end of September show. Professionally qualified clinical... (Continue reading)

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Government announces £7.5 million funding to tackle loneliness during winter


Support will target sectors that bring people and communities together including the arts, libraries, charities and radio Grants will be administered via Arts Council England, the Government’s Loneliness Fund and two radio funds Move follows £4 million Local Connections Fund... (Continue reading)

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