General News (Archive)

MoD smooths the way for companies to do business with Defence – (MoD:  UK to increase training to Iraqi forces ~ MoD: New baseline profit rate for defence contractors announced)

VAPC:  Veterans urged to tell NHS England what you think about mental health services

BIS:  The race is on: campaign launched to name the UK’s state-of-the-art £200m polar research ship

ScotGov:  Glasgow lands additional investment – (ScotGov:  Scottish clans boost visitor spend ~ ScotGov:  More support for postgrad students ~ ScotGov:  Scotland’s new Makar ~ ScotGov:  Livestock numbers increase ~ ScotGov:  £10m to support community energy ~ Scotland helps address Malawi food crisis  ~ Additional funding for mountain rescue teams ~ A96 bottleneck uncorked ~ ScotGov:  £50m for charitable bonds )

CCC: Maintain Scottish ambition to tackle climate change & deliver 61% emissions reduction by 2030

WAG:  Publicity campaign highlighting signs of domestic abuse – (‘Operation Fetch’ sniffs out illegal tobacco ~ WAG:  Work starts on £57m Eastern Bay Link Road in Cardiff)

LGA:  Extra powers over local services needed, councils tell Chancellor ahead of budget – (LGA responds to academy school reports about plans to convert all schools to academy status ~ LGA:  Councils respond to relaxation of planning rules for phone masts ~ LGA responds to removal of war pension 'penalty' for veterans)

Defra:  £700m boost for flood defences brings £150m more for Yorkshire & Cumbria ~ LGA:  Councils respond to extra £700m funding for flood defences in Budget 2016 ~ Environment Agency:  £700m boost for flood defences brings £150m more for Yorkshire & Cumbria)

LGO welcomes commitment to giving parents a route to an independent ombudsman

HEFCE:  £1.7m awarded to 28 projects to develop engineering & computer science conversion courses – (HEFCE:  Funding of £3.7bn for higher education in 2016-17)

Electoral Commission concludes two party finance cases

Ofcom:  Statement on party election broadcast regulations

Food Standards Agency:  New online educational resource launched by the FSA in Wales

Natural England:  Countryside Stewardship opens its doors for 2016 – (NE:  England Coast Path takes step forward as Somerset section opens)

TfL publishes 2016/17 budget & business plan – (TfL:  Full steam ahead for Crossrail 2 ~ TfL:  Arriva named as new operator for London Overground ~ TfL selects Exterion Media as its media partner for the world’s largest rail advertising contract)

Arts Council England:  7 organisations awarded £2.5m to engage more people with art & culture – (ACE:  Government continues to recognise value of art & culture)

FDA:  Smoke & mirrors Budget is a political con trick that doesn’t match commitment to resources

TUC calls for young people to be on higher minimum wage rates – (TUC: Downgrades of growth & wages shows this is no budget for the next generation ~ TUC: Government giving China green light to dump steel ~ TUC: Government’s Shaw Report right to dismiss Network Rail privatisation ~ TUC launches new guidance to recruit more union members and health & safety reps)

techUK:  Modern Slavery Act: new tools to support compliance)

CAB:  EDF Energy edges ahead of SSE in complaints league table

National Archives:  Magna Carta resource triumphs for a second time

Unicef:  Malawi tests first UAV flights for HIV Early Infant Diagnosis – (Unicef:   Malnutrition on the rise in Zimbabwe as El Nino takes its toll)

WWF:  Sky supports Earth Hour – (WWF:  Historic low levels of Arctic sea ice signal trouble for Arctic wildlife ~ WWF Response to The Budget)

UKSA:  Mars launch heralds start of UK’s search for life on red planet

GCA:  2016 Groceries Sector Survey – Now open

CCW:  Water companies challenged to show how they are helping customers

National Archives:  Committee announces newly accredited archive services

Ordnance Survey:  Great Britain is officially taller

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