General News (Archive)

Defence Minister reaffirms US-UK collaboration on major equipment programmes – (MoD:  CDE Marketplace 2016 ~ Forces Help to Buy loans £100m for new homes in first 2 years ~ Defence Secretary welcomes deployable UK-France joint force ~ Korean War veterans revisit country alongside Defence Minister)

PC&PE:  2% defence target achieved only through creative accounting, report finds

Cabinet Office:  Commissioner for Public Appointments appointed: Peter Riddell

HMT:  Chief Secretary at the government non-executive directors’ conference

DWP:  132,740 disabled people supported through specialist employment scheme

DfT:  Government publishes findings of diesel emissions testing programme

Defra:  A new breakthrough on ash dieback

ScotGov:  Farm rents rise 3% - (ScotGov:  Education Maintenance Allowances 2014-15)

LGA:  Warning about school planning as children receive primary school offers

Home Office:  New scheme launched to resettle children at risk ~ LGA responds to national dispersal scheme for unaccompanied asylum seeking children ~ LGA responds to government's commitment to support a further 3,000 ‘at risk' child refugees

NAO:  English devolution deals ~ IFG:  Response to NAO report on devolution ~ LGA Responds to National Audit Office report on devolution deals

techUK:  Ofgem Rejects calls for Energy Storage Licensing – (techUK:  Public Administration Committee to review work of the Civil Service ~ techUK:  Public Consultation on a Space Strategy for Europe ~ Government confirms date (May) of White Paper on future of the BBC)

DfE:  Pupil Premium Awards finalists announced

Ofqual:  Presentation from Capita Post-16 conference – (Ofqual:   What causes variability in school-level GCSE results year-on-year? ~ Ofqual:   Views sought on proposals for setting grade standards for new GCSEs)

Ofgem:  Statement on E.ON's Age UK tariff – (Charity Commission:  Commission publishes report on Age UK ~ Age UK response to the Charity Commission & Ofgem reports)

Ofcom awards 5 new community radio licences

Low Pay Commission:  National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage: 2016 evidence

Environment Agency:  Waste offenders pay for their crime – (EA:  Waste site owners ordered to clear site within 18 months ~ EA launches Soil “Speed” Awareness Courses for Land Management offenders)

Natural England and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee are seeking views on the proposal to extend the Special Protection Area (SPA) marine site

Food Standards Agency:  Müller Kids Corner Butterflies Strawberry Yogurt recalled as a single pot from the batch may contain a small piece of plastic – (FSA:  Sainsbury’s recalls its Strawberry Fromage Frais Pouches as they may contain pieces of blue plastic ~ FSA:  Lidl recalls ‘Green Grocer's’ brand of mixed vegetables due to undeclared allergens ~ FSA:  Update on FSA campylobacter retail survey ~ FSA:  Spar recalls its Bruschetta ai Pomodiri Secchi due to undeclared allergens ~ FSA:  Asda recalls its Chicken & Sweetcorn Pasta Salad due to the presence of salmonella ~ FSA:  Argo Poultry recalls Whole Cooked Chickens due to lack of validation of shelf-life applied to products)

HMRC:  Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme

Groceries Code Adjudicator:  Groceries Sector Survey open until 29 April 2016

TfL signs contract with Arriva as new operator for London Overground – (TfL:  6 month escalator trial at Holborn started yesterday ~ TfL:  New lifts transform accessibility at South Tottenham station)

techUK:  EU Membership Report from Science & Technology Committee

Arts Council England:  First three investments announced by Arts Impact Fund – (ACE:  £600,000 for Bow Arts to raise resilience in London’s property market ~ ACE:  Art & Money: Here’s the change)

MMO:  Grid-connected tidal energy centre approved

TUC: Government backs away from plans to ban union fees being deducted from wages

FDA:  Treasury does not trust departments to manage their own resources, says FDA

ESPO Energy Update – April 2016

JRF:  New partnership launched to promote inclusive growth in Greater Manchester

UKHO:  Marine Cartography and Data Assessment Training Scheme

HSE:  Torquay man put lives at risk through illegal gas work

UNICEF delivers 20,000 water purification tablets to survivors of Ecuador earthquake – (Unicef Statement on the abduction of Ethiopian Children ~ At least 150,000 children affected by Ecuador earthquake ~ Unicef UK statement in reaction to the recent Home Office announcement of a new scheme to resettle children at risk)