January, 2021

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Police bolstered with 6,620 extra officers and extra funding

Government on track to bring in 20,000 more officers by 2023 and makes £20m available to crack down on crime including burglary and theft. The government is bolstering the police with extra officers and resources to cut crime and keep... (Continue reading)

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Clinical evaluation confirms high accuracy of highly mobile LamPORE test

A technical and clinical evaluation conducted by NHS trusts and universities has confirmed the LamPORE COVID-19 test, produced by Oxford Nanopore, to be accurate and sensitive enough to detect the virus in people with and without symptoms. LamPORE test technology... (Continue reading)

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£70 million to keep prison leavers off the streets and cut crime

Homeless prison leavers will be temporarily housed in basic hostels to reduce the risk of them reoffending, backed by £70 million of new investment. With offenders around 50 per cent more likely to break the law again if released without... (Continue reading)

Supporting recovery through the tax system

Rates relief for sectors worst hit by pandemic and compensation for a council tax freeze. Retail, hospitality, leisure and aviation businesses will get 100% non-domestic rates relief extended for at least an additional three months, Finance Secretary Kate Forbes confirmed... (Continue reading)

More financial support for businesses

Three new funds to support businesses uniquely affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will launch this week. From today, local authorities will start to approach brewers, travel agents and indoor football centres inviting them to claim grants of £10,000 or... (Continue reading)

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Community projects get £25 million funding

More than £25 million is going to disadvantaged and remote communities around Scotland to support regeneration and employment projects. The money from the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF) will go to 26 projects to tackle inequalities and deliver inclusive growth.  ... (Continue reading)

£6.5m flooding support for Welsh communities

Welsh Government Ministers have announced £6.5million to support local authorities and people affected by flooding during the Alert Level 4 lockdown. The funding will allow local authorities to claim for the costs of responding to flooding including support to residents... (Continue reading)

£230 million contract to bolster Royal Navy torpedoes

Cutting-edge Spearfish and Sting Ray torpedoes carried by the Royal Navy are receiving a £230 million maintenance uplift. Spearfish torpedoes – which use sonar to home in on targets – are carried by the Royal Navy’s Astute class and Trafalgar... (Continue reading)

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Government confirms £10 million emergency support for steps 3-6 of the National League system

Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston has announced that Steps 3-6 of the National League system will receive up to £10 million to protect the immediate future of approximately 850 clubs over the winter period. The funding will be provided in the... (Continue reading)

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£84 million boost for technology to power a green aviation revolution

Nearly 5,000 jobs could be secured in making the UK’s aviation sector greener, thanks to a multi-million-pound boost for 3 pioneering research and development projects announced today (Thursday 28 January) by Business Minister Paul Scully. The winning projects represent a... (Continue reading)

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