General News (Archive)

MoD:  Airborne medics prepare for South Sudan mission – (MoD:  75th anniversary of the Arctic Convoys marked at special event ~ Defence Secretary announces £1.1bn investment in Army facilities ~ MoD:  UK troops to provide further support to Colombia ~ Defence Secretary confirms summer start for Type 26 frigates ~ MoD awards £100m contract to deliver missile system for Royal Navy’s new Global Combat Ship)

WAG:  Caernarfon Castle welcomes nearly 40,000 visitors during its first fortnight hosting Poppies: Weeping Window – (WAG:  £2.5m for environmental improvements to Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal)

LGA:  Councils respond to announcement Education for All Bill will not be introduced in Parliament – (LGA:  Councils call for slice of existing fuel duty to combat road repairs backlog ~ LGA: Learn lessons from the work programme and devolve power to councils)

LGA responds to EFRA Committee report into future of flood prevention

HEFCE:  The framework: supporting world-class knowledge exchange – (HEFCE:  New learning gain project)

Ofsted:  Sir Michael Wilshaw's speech at the FASNA Autumn Conference

Children’s Commissioner:  Now is the time to talk about turning Children's Centres into ‘Family Hubs’ to support children in need – (Children’s Commissioner for England responds to dare2care strategy to tackle sexual abuse ~ Children’s Commissioner:  ‘Focus on children in need’ – Children’s Commissioner at National Children & Adults Services Conference 2016)

Children’s Commissioner:  Meeting the health needs of refugee children – (Anne Longfield responds to Written Ministerial Statement on safeguarding of unaccompanied asylum-seeking & refugee children ~ PC&PE:  Government responds to unaccompanied migrant children report)

Environment Agency:  Canterbury waste criminals fined £6,320 for illegal wood disposal – (EA launches £1m programme of River Thames works ~ EA:  Young people leaving themselves vulnerable to flooding)

ScotGov:  Trunk road repairs accelerated – (ScotGov:  Segregated cycle routes on road to success ~ ScotGov:  The future of Arran’s ferry route ~ ScotGov:  Broadband coverage goes further ~ ScotGov:  Smart Ticketing for Lochaber Bus Routes)

Arts Council England:  Exhibition of Somali culture launches in Bristol – (ACE:  Arts Impact Fund invests a further £1.93m)

TfL:  High five for Night Tube services – (TfL:  Famous voices partner with TfL for London Poppy Day)

ESRC:  Why are young people sharing nude selfies? – (ESRC:  Friends over 50 living together - a rising trend)

EHRC:  Support for Polish human rights commissioner

STFC:  Satellite technology protects cyclists from large vehicle black spots

Ofwat consult on outcome delivery incentives

Cefas:  Koi herpesvirus disease outbreak confirmed in Avon – (Cefas:  Koi herpesvirus disease outbreak confirmed in Staffordshire)

Food Standards Agency:  NFCU launches industry guide – (FSA:  5th Chief Scientific Adviser’s report launched)

CBI: Reducing re-offending could save the taxpayer £bns

TUC: Number of people working night shifts up by more than 250,000 since 2011 – (TUC: Uber case has exposed ‘dark side’ of the UK’s labour market ~ TUC: Employers need to pick up the pace and adopt the real Living Wage ~ TUC: Weaker growth warning shows public investment needed in Autumn Statement ~ TUC: Government review into union electronic balloting welcome ~ TUC: Bank’s warning means government action needed to prevent wage squeeze)

IEA:  Uber ruling will hurt both drivers & consumers

RoSPA:  Share the message to keep kids safe from firework & sparkler injuries

Met Office:  A dry & sunny October for much of Scotland

WWF:  Parliamentary concern about biodiversity loss should strengthen government plan to protect nature