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Welsh Government news
£70m investment in the Welsh NHS will help reform services – Mark Drakeford
Welsh Government
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 16:37

A £70m investment in the Welsh NHS will go towards developing local health services, integrating health and social care and delivering improvements to cancer, cardiac and stroke services, Health and Social Services Minister, Mark Drakeford announced today (Wednesday 28 January 2015).

Welsh Government | Official News Release
£70m investment in the Welsh NHS will help reform services – Mark Drakeford
National Archives news
Kindertransport records go online
National Archives
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 16:32

Findmypast.co.uk have released records from The National Archives relating to theKindertransport refugee programme. Online for the first time, for Holocaust Memorial Day, these records tell the story of young Jewish children, who sought refuge in Britain at the outbreak of the Second World War.

National Archives | Official News Release
Kindertransport records go online
National Audit Office Press Releases news
UK Guarantees scheme for infrastructure
National Audit Office Press Releases
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 16:25

Under the Scheme, the Treasury guarantees that lenders to infrastructure projects will be repaid in full and on time, irrespective of project performance. The NAO is calling for the Treasury to be rigorous and objective in assessing whether the guarantees, which transfer risk to the public sector, are genuinely needed.

 

National Audit Office Press Releases | Official News Release
UK Guarantees scheme for infrastructure
EU News news
EC and EP implement new rules on Transparency Register
EU News
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 16:20

A new, improved EU Transparency Register was launched on Tuesday with the aim of making EU-decision-making and the activities of lobbyists more transparent & more accountable while also giving lobbyists more incentives to register and making the database easier for lobbyists and the public to access.

EU News | Official News Release
EC and EP implement new rules on Transparency Register
Competition & Markets Authority news
CMA confirms investigation of food cans suppliers merger
Competition & Markets Authority
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 16:15

The CMA has referred Sonoco Products Company’s completed acquisition of Weidenhammer Packaging Group GmbH for an in-depth phase 2 investigation.

Competition & Markets Authority | Official News Release
CMA confirms investigation of food cans suppliers merger
Scottish Government news
Agricultural Holdings Legislation Review
Scottish Government
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 16:10

A range of radical proposals aimed at revitalising tenant farming in Scotland has been unveiled by Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead.

Scottish Government | Official News Release
Agricultural Holdings Legislation Review
Department for Work and Pensions news
Harper: Major companies waking up to employment talents of disabled people
Department for Work and Pensions
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 16:05

More companies across the country are waking up to the considerable talents of disabled people in the workplace, says Mark Harper.

Department for Work and Pensions | Official News Release
Harper: Major companies waking up to employment talents of disabled people
Scottish Government news
£4 million to transform empty properties
Scottish Government
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 15:42

Empty shops and properties which are blighting Scotland’s town centres could be transformed into affordable housing thanks to a new £4 million fund.

Scottish Government | Official News Release
£4 million to transform empty properties
Electoral Commission news
Bus tour launched to encourage Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities to register to vote
Electoral Commission
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 15:25

With just 100 days until the General Election, Operation Black Vote (OBV) have announced that they will be taking a  43 foot state-of-the-art bus on tour across Great Britain to get more BME people on the electoral registers.

Electoral Commission | Official News Release
Bus tour launched to encourage Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities to register to vote
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) news
NICE consults on draft guideline to improve asthma diagnosis
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 15:20
Department for Communities and Local Government news
Councils can enable more homes to be built
Department for Communities and Local Government
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 15:15

Councils can play a greater role in getting the country building, an independent review found yesterday (27 January 2015).

 

Department for Communities and Local Government | Official News Release
Councils can enable more homes to be built
Higher Education Funding Council England (HEFCE) news
2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) reports published
Higher Education Funding Council England (HEFCE)
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 15:10

Following publication of the results of the 2014 REF in December 2014, the REF team has published a number of reports giving additional information about the REF process and management.

Higher Education Funding Council England (HEFCE) | Official News Release
2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) reports published
EU News news
Council agrees on rules to improve data for policymakers
EU News
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 15:05

The Council approved an agreement reached with the European Parliament on new rules aimed at ensuring the quality and reliability of EU statistics.

EU News | Official News Release
Council agrees on rules to improve data for policymakers
EU News news
Capping card payment fees: economic affairs MEPs back deal with Council
EU News
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 14:38

The fees that banks charge retailers for processing shoppers’ payments would be capped under draft EU rules endorsed by Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs in a vote on Tuesday. The vote confirms an informal deal struck with the Council in December. The cap would apply to both cross-border and domestic card-based payments and should cut costs for card users.

EU News | Official News Release
Capping card payment fees: economic affairs MEPs back deal with Council
Department for Education news
Education, sport and business leaders to judge Character Awards
Department for Education
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 14:25

School leaders, an England women’s rugby player and business and charity figures will judge an awards scheme to promote character education.

Department for Education | Official News Release
Education, sport and business leaders to judge Character Awards
10 Downing Street news
Prime Minister pledges prominent Holocaust Memorial for Britain
10 Downing Street
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 14:20

The recommendations of the Prime Minister’s cross-party Holocaust Commission have been accepted.

10 Downing Street | Official News Release
Prime Minister pledges prominent Holocaust Memorial for Britain
Welsh Government news
Minister keen to help allotments bear fruit
Welsh Government
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 14:15

Budding gardeners waiting for an allotment space have been given a boost after the Welsh Government announced that it is looking at a raft of measures to improve access and availability of allotments and community gardens in Wales.

Welsh Government | Official News Release
Minister keen to help allotments bear fruit
Collaborate news
The Unusual Suspects Festival: Building a Coalition of Collaborators in 2015
Collaborate
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 14:10

Following the success of the Unusual Suspects Festival in September 2014, Collaborate, SIX, and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation are launching a 'next steps' flyer that considers some key themes for collaboration in 2015.

Collaborate | Official News Release
The Unusual Suspects Festival: Building a Coalition of Collaborators in 2015
Scottish Government news
Scottish insolvency statistics released
Scottish Government
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 14:05

The number of personal insolvencies which include both bankruptcies and protected trust deeds (PTDs), are now at their lowest level since the fourth quarter of 2004-05.

Scottish Government | Official News Release
Scottish insolvency statistics released
SOCITM (Society of Information Technology Management) news
Better connected 2015 – out on 2 March
SOCITM (Society of Information Technology Management)
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 13:43

This is the first in a series of weekly news items in the run up to publication of Better connected 2015 on 2 March, in which we will highlight some of the report’s features.

SOCITM (Society of Information Technology Management) | Official News Release
Better connected 2015 – out on 2 March
Foreign and Commonwealth Office news
Gifting of non-lethal equipment to the Jordanian Armed Forces
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 13:25

Foreign Secretary has updated Parliament on the proposal for the gifting of non-lethal equipment to the Jordanian Armed Forces yesterday.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office | Official News Release
Gifting of non-lethal equipment to the Jordanian Armed Forces
Scottish Government news
Historic Environment Scotland Board
Scottish Government
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 13:20

The Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop yesterday announced the first Chair and board members of Historic Environment Scotland (HES).

 

Scottish Government | Official News Release
Historic Environment Scotland Board
Department of Energy and Climate Change news
Shale developments to be banned in all UK national parks
Department of Energy and Climate Change
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 13:15

The Government’s commitment is to an outright ban on fracking in National Parks, Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Department of Energy and Climate Change | Official News Release
Shale developments to be banned in all UK national parks
Wales Office news
Welsh businesses win Great Faces of British Business competition
Wales Office
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 13:10

Secretary of State for Wales Stephen Crabb yesterday (27 January 2015) praised three Welsh businesses who have won the GREAT Faces of British Business competition.

 

Wales Office | Official News Release
Welsh businesses win Great Faces of British Business competition
EU News news
Clamping down on corporate tax avoidance: Council adopts anti-abuse clause
EU News
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 13:05

The Council amended the EU's parent-subsidiary directive, adding a binding anti-abuse clause to prevent tax avoidance and aggressive tax planning by corporate groups.

EU News | Official News Release
Clamping down on corporate tax avoidance: Council adopts anti-abuse clause
Welsh Government news
Beaumaris to benefit from £1.2m coastal flood defence scheme
Welsh Government
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 12:52

100 homes and 45 businesses in Beaumaris are set to benefit from a £1.2 million coastal flood defence scheme, the Minister for Natural Resources, Carl Sargeant has announced yesterday.

Welsh Government | Official News Release
Beaumaris to benefit from £1.2m coastal flood defence scheme
EU News news
Pesticides: Experts endorse new EU list of candidates for substitution
EU News
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 12:51

A Commission proposal to establish an EU list of 77 candidates for substitution has been endorsed by EU Member State experts.. The aim is to encourage more sustainable crop protection.

EU News | Official News Release
Pesticides: Experts endorse new EU list of candidates for substitution
Ofcom news
Ofcom sets out plans to support the Internet of Things
Ofcom
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 12:25

Ofcom has yesterday took steps to ensure the UK plays a leading role in developing the Internet of Things.

 

Ofcom | Official News Release
Ofcom sets out plans to support the Internet of Things
HM Treasury news
Long term economic plan for the south-west unveiled
HM Treasury
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 12:20

Jobs, transport, tourism, and defence at the heart of six point plan for the south-west, announced by Prime Minister and Chancellor.

HM Treasury | Official News Release
Long term economic plan for the south-west unveiled
Ministry of Defence news
£15m defence contract for A&P Group in Falmouth
Ministry of Defence
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 12:15

Chancellor announces major £15 million defence contract for A&P Group that will create 16 new jobs in Falmouth.

 

Ministry of Defence | Official News Release
£15m defence contract for A&P Group in Falmouth
Department for Communities and Local Government news
£250,000 funding announced for more than 1,500 new training opportunities
Department for Communities and Local Government
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 12:10

New investment to help more social housing tenants play a greater role in the way their homes and wider community are managed.

Department for Communities and Local Government | Official News Release
£250,000 funding announced for more than 1,500 new training opportunities
Scottish Government news
Implementation of new qualifications
Scottish Government
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 12:05

The introduction of new qualifications is progressing well, with provisional entries for Highers indicating a record high number will be sat this year.

Scottish Government | Official News Release
Implementation of new qualifications
Scottish Government news
Heart disease and stroke
Scottish Government
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 11:46

Statistics published yesterday by ISD Scotland show that mortality for heart disease has fallen 43 per cent from 2004 to 2013, with stroke deaths down by 41 per cent over the same period.

 

Scottish Government | Official News Release
Heart disease and stroke
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) news
WWF calls for government to ‘seize opportunity’ in response to third Natural Capital report.
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations)
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 11:40

WWF-UK welcomes the launch of the third Natural Capital Committee's (NCC) third report today, and urges government to seize the opportunity to safeguard nature and economic growth.

Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) | Official News Release
WWF calls for government to ‘seize opportunity’ in response to third Natural Capital report.
Scottish Government news
Implementation of new qualifications
Scottish Government
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 11:38

The introduction of new qualifications is progressing well, with provisional entries for Highers indicating a record high number will be sat this year.

Scottish Government | Official News Release
Implementation of new qualifications
EU News news
Further steps in the fight against climate change
EU News
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 11:25

Steps to speed up the implementation of the so-called Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol on climate change were taken by the Council on 26 January 2015.

EU News | Official News Release
Further steps in the fight against climate change
Food Standards Agency news
FSA Board meeting live online now
Food Standards Agency
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 11:20

We are now webcasting today's open Board meeting being held in Cardiff. It is being chaired by FSA Chair Tim Bennett.

Food Standards Agency | Official News Release
FSA Board meeting live online now
National Crime Agency  news
Senior investigator to lead Rotherham child sex investigation appointed
National Crime Agency
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 11:15

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has appointed Steve Baldwin to lead Operation Stovewood, an independent investigation examining criminal allegations of non-familial child sexual exploitation (CSE) and abuse in Rotherham.

National Crime Agency | Official News Release
Senior investigator to lead Rotherham child sex investigation appointed
Department for International Development news
Britain provides new humanitarian support for Sudan
Department for International Development
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 11:10

The UK will provide further life-saving food, water and support for families forced from their homes by recent fighting in Sudan.

Department for International Development | Official News Release
Britain provides new humanitarian support for Sudan
Welsh Government news
Good news for print workers who lost their jobs when MWL went into liquidation
Welsh Government
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 11:05

Irish entrepreneur John Mooney has acquired the assets of Mid Wales Litho (MWL) and - with Welsh Government support - is taking on most of the workers who lost their jobs when the company went into liquidation last year.

Welsh Government | Official News Release
Good news for print workers who lost their jobs when MWL went into liquidation
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) news
Wales Audit - Many patients face long waits for NHS treatment in Wales
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations)
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 10:40

The Welsh NHS is struggling with waiting times for elective care but emerging plans to re-think services could make things better.

Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) | Official News Release
Wales Audit - Many patients face long waits for NHS treatment in Wales
Scottish Government news
Scottish Welfare Fund
Scottish Government
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 10:33

The number of households applying for welfare assistance has risen by a third in the last year, according to new statistics.

 

Scottish Government | Official News Release
Scottish Welfare Fund
Department for Communities and Local Government news
Eric Pickles to cut snooping powers of Council Tax inspectors
Department for Communities and Local Government
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 10:25

Eric Pickles publishes legislative proposals to cut the number of government officials who can demand entry to homes and businesses.

Department for Communities and Local Government | Official News Release
Eric Pickles to cut snooping powers of Council Tax inspectors
Competition & Markets Authority news
CMA seeks information on commercial use of consumer data
Competition & Markets Authority
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 10:19

The CMA is inviting consumers, businesses and academics to provide it with information on the commercial use of UK consumer data.

Competition & Markets Authority | Official News Release
CMA seeks information on commercial use of consumer data
Office for National Statistics news
Gross Domestic Product Preliminary Estimate, Q4 2014
Office for National Statistics
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 10:15

Change in gross domestic product (GDP) is the main indicator of economic growth. GDP is estimated to have increased by 0.5% in Q4 2014 compared with growth of 0.7% in Q3 2014.

Office for National Statistics | Official News Release
Gross Domestic Product Preliminary Estimate, Q4 2014
Financial Conduct Authority news
Compensation package agreed for consumers sold card security products
Financial Conduct Authority
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 10:10

While an agreement has been reached with the FCA on the nature of the proposed compensation scheme (the "Scheme"), it must be voted on by eligible customers (who are the Scheme’s creditors) and formally approved by the High Court before compensation can be paid.

Financial Conduct Authority | Official News Release
Compensation package agreed for consumers sold card security products
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) news
Getting the most out of research and innovation
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations)
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 10:05

Practical ways to make sure that research and innovation benefit both businesses and university.

Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) | Official News Release
Getting the most out of research and innovation
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) news
Bradford families targeted in RoSPA campaign to protect children from cleaning product injuries in the home
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations)
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 09:40

Families with toddlers across Bradford are being encouraged to protect their children from the risks of household cleaning products in a new campaign by The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and The UK Cleaning Products Association (UKCPI).  

Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) | Official News Release
Bradford families targeted in RoSPA campaign to protect children from cleaning product injuries in the home
Parliamentary Committees and Public Enquiries news
Working with parliaments key to long term development
Parliamentary Committees and Public Enquiries
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 09:25

The great development benefits can come from relatively low levels of money spent on strengthening parliaments in developing countries, say MPs.

 

Parliamentary Committees and Public Enquiries | Official News Release
Working with parliaments key to long term development
Big Lottery Fund news
Small grants make huge difference to Scottish families
Big Lottery Fund
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 09:20

Additional support is being made available to help families living with autism and parents who are unemployed, thanks to the latest grants from the Communities and Families Fund.

 

Big Lottery Fund | Official News Release
Small grants make huge difference to Scottish families
National Audit Office Press Releases news
Conflicts of interest
National Audit Office Press Releases
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 09:15

This report outlines the importance of recognising and adequately managing conflicts of interest.

 

National Audit Office Press Releases | Official News Release
Conflicts of interest
HM Treasury news
£15m defence contract for A&P Group in Falmouth
HM Treasury
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 09:10

Chancellor announces major £15 million defence contract for A&P Group that will create 16 new jobs in Falmouth.

HM Treasury | Official News Release
£15m defence contract for A&P Group in Falmouth
Welsh Government news
Health Minister announces £11m funding boost for emergency ambulance services
Welsh Government
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 09:05

Emergency ambulance services will benefit from an £11m funding boost from the Welsh Government, Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford announced yesterday.

Welsh Government | Official News Release
Health Minister announces £11m funding boost for emergency ambulance services
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) news
Stop, Look and Listen – RoSPA Conference to explore pedestrian safety
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations)
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 08:40

The future of pedestrian safety will be the topic of discussion among road safety experts when they meet for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accident’s (RoSPA) annual conferenc

Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) | Official News Release
Stop, Look and Listen – RoSPA Conference to explore pedestrian safety
Department for Education news
More young people continuing in education, employment or training
Department for Education
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 08:10

Government shows commitment to annual destination data by publishing 6 months early.

Department for Education | Official News Release
More young people continuing in education, employment or training
Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) news
Review concludes no advance warning given to Norfolk academies
Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted)
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 08:05

Ofsted has yesterday published the full independent review into alleged inspection irregularities at three academy schools in Norfolk.

 

Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) | Official News Release
Review concludes no advance warning given to Norfolk academies
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) news
Patients Association - CQC inspectors find 60 GP practices to be Good or Outstanding
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations)
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 07:40

The Care Quality Commission has published a further 75 reports on the quality of care provided by GP practices that have been inspected under its new approach.

Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) | Official News Release
Patients Association - CQC inspectors find 60 GP practices to be Good or Outstanding
EU News news
Commission continues its investigation of the Orange / Jazztel merger without referral to Spain
EU News
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 07:10

The EC has decided not to refer the planned acquisition of Jazztel p.l.c. by Orange S.A. to the Spanish competition authority for assessment under Spanish competition law.  The EC concluded that it was better placed to deal with the case with a view to ensuring consistency in the application of the merger control rules across the European Economic Area (EEA). 

EU News | Official News Release
Commission continues its investigation of the Orange / Jazztel merger without referral to Spain
Scottish Government news
Homelessness prevention plan
Scottish Government
Wednesday 28 January 2015 @ 07:05

Councils providing housing options have reduced homelessness applications, official statistics published by Scotland’s Chief Statistician confirmed yesterday.

Scottish Government | Official News Release
Homelessness prevention plan

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