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Scottish Government news
Scottish Welfare Fund helps nearly 120,000 households
Scottish Government
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 16:47

Nearly 120,000 households have been helped by the Scottish Welfare Fund, since the scheme began in April 2013. During its first 18 months of operation, around £47 million has been allocated, providing a safety net to households in a disaster or emergency and helping people set up home or stay in the community rather than being in care.

Scottish Government | Official News Release
Scottish Welfare Fund helps nearly 120,000 households
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) news
NHS Confederation - Partnership working the way forward, say mental health providers and police chiefs
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations)
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 16:40

Schemes in which mental health nurses work closely with police on patrol and in call centres have seen a drop in the number of people with mental health problems being detained under the Mental Health Act, according to a briefing published today (Tuesday January 27). 

Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) | Official News Release
NHS Confederation - Partnership working the way forward, say mental health providers and police chiefs
Think Tanks news
Policy Exchange - Smarter use of technology and data could save local authorities £10 billion by 2020
Think Tanks
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 16:35

Undetected fraud, lack of data sharing and bespoke IT systems costing local authorities billions of pounds per year

Think Tanks | Official News Release
Policy Exchange - Smarter use of technology and data could save local authorities £10 billion by 2020
Department for Education news
Decisions following consultation on GCSEs and A levels
Department for Education
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 16:25

Ofqual has confirmed the assessment arrangements for a number of GCSE, AS and A level subjects which will be taught from 2016.

Department for Education | Official News Release
Decisions following consultation on GCSEs and A levels
Office for National Statistics news
Index of Services, November 2014
Office for National Statistics
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 16:20

The Index of Services is estimated to have increased by 3.2% in November 2014 compared with November 2013. All of the four main components of the services industries increased in the most recent month compared with the same month a year ago.

Office for National Statistics | Official News Release
Index of Services, November 2014
Care Quality Commission news
Increasing numbers of vulnerable people protected
Care Quality Commission
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 16:15

More people than ever before are being protected by Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, part of the Mental Capacity Act that protects the rights of adults in care homes and hospitals who lack mental capacity to make decisions about their care.

 

Care Quality Commission | Official News Release
Increasing numbers of vulnerable people protected
Welsh Government news
Ministers to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau
Welsh Government
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 16:10

First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones and Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty Lesley Griffiths yesterday attend Wales’ national commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day in Cardiff.

 

Welsh Government | Official News Release
Ministers to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau
EU News news
EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) proposal: what's at stake
EU News
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 16:05

A draft law that would oblige airlines to hand EU countries the data of passengers entering or leaving the EU, in order to help the authorities to fight serious crime and terrorism, is currently under discussion in the European Parliament. 

EU News | Official News Release
EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) proposal: what's at stake
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) news
Vince Cable, the CIPD, investors and employers come together to put workforce performance measures at the heart of business productivity
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations)
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 15:40
Scottish Government news
Income from farming falls after strong 2013
Scottish Government
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 15:25

Poor cereal and potato prices in 2014 have resulted in Scotland’s farming not repeating the high levels of income seen in 2013.

Scottish Government | Official News Release
Income from farming falls after strong 2013
Think Tanks news
Leading think tank, IWA, asks the Welsh public to join a convention on Wales’ future.
Think Tanks
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 15:22

Independent Welsh think-tank the IWA last night (26th Jan) launched an innovative eight-week project to engage the public in a debate about Wales’ future using ‘crowdsourcing’.

Think Tanks | Official News Release
Leading think tank, IWA, asks the Welsh public to join a convention on Wales’ future.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office news
UK welcomes new electoral law and cessation of violence in DRC
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 15:20

UK welcomes adoption of new electoral law and cessation of violent protests in DRC and supports the elections process.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office | Official News Release
UK welcomes new electoral law and cessation of violence in DRC
Parliamentary Committees and Public Enquiries news
Managing and replacing the Aspire contract report published
Parliamentary Committees and Public Enquiries
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 15:15

HMRC faces an enormous challenge in moving to a new contracting model by 2017 and appears overly complacent given the scale of the transformation required according to the Public Accounts Committee's report published on Tuesday 27 January 2014.

Parliamentary Committees and Public Enquiries | Official News Release
Managing and replacing the Aspire contract report published
Competition & Markets Authority news
CMA consults on unfair contract terms guidance
Competition & Markets Authority
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 15:10

The CMA has yesterday opened a consultation on a suite of draft unfair contract terms guidance.

Competition & Markets Authority | Official News Release
CMA consults on unfair contract terms guidance
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) news
CBI - Best of both worlds - in action
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations)
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 15:05

Examples of business and universities working together to share skills, research and innovation.

Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) | Official News Release
CBI - Best of both worlds - in action
Scottish Government news
Government initiative reaches more people facing redundancy in Scotland
Scottish Government
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 14:43

The Scottish Government’s initiative for responding to redundancy situations - Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) will now have access to contact details for anyone facing redundancy, Business Minister Fergus Ewing said ahead of today’s (Tuesday) Parliamentary debate.

Scottish Government | Official News Release
Government initiative reaches more people facing redundancy in Scotland
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) news
Pressure mounts on EDF to cut prices, says Citizens Advice
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations)
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 14:40

As SSE becomes the fifth energy company to cut its prices, Citizens Advice says EDF must now do the same.

Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) | Official News Release
Pressure mounts on EDF to cut prices, says Citizens Advice
Think Tanks news
IEA - There is still work to do to consolidate the UK economy
Think Tanks
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 14:35

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs commented on the latest GDP figures.

Think Tanks | Official News Release
IEA - There is still work to do to consolidate the UK economy
Department for Culture, Media and Sport news
Her Majesty the Queen appoints Historic Royal Palaces Chair
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 14:25

Her Majesty the Queen has appointed Rupert Gavin as Chair to Historic Royal Palaces.

Department for Culture, Media and Sport | Official News Release
Her Majesty the Queen appoints Historic Royal Palaces Chair
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) news
Scotland could become Carbon Capture and Storage powerhouse of Europe
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations)
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 14:21

An ambitious roll-out of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology in Scotland would generate a large number of jobs and create a market worth £15-35bn by 2030, says the TUC and the Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA).

Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) | Official News Release
Scotland could become Carbon Capture and Storage powerhouse of Europe
Ministry of Defence news
British military complete historic Afghanistan march
Ministry of Defence
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 14:15

Personnel from the armed forces marched through Westminster yesterday to mark their return from the last British combat tour of Afghanistan.

Ministry of Defence | Official News Release
British military complete historic Afghanistan march
EU News news
EU-airlift to Ukraine: Europe increases its humanitarian aid
EU News
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 14:10

The EC is pledging an additional €15m in humanitarian assistance. This will address the basic needs of the most needy in Mariupol and the other areas affected by the conflict, the internally displaced & refugees, and the returnees who are going back home. The funds cover daily necessities, such as shelter, food, water, healthcare, and warm clothing.

EU News | Official News Release
EU-airlift to Ukraine: Europe increases its humanitarian aid
SOCITM (Society of Information Technology Management) news
Socitm welcomes Policy Exchange report
SOCITM (Society of Information Technology Management)
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 14:05

Socitm welcomes the latest Policy Exchange report into smarter use of technology and has contributed to the research.  The report makes many sound recommendations, however it is unfortunate that it emphasises most the weakest area of research that makes bold assumptions about local government’s poor performance in making efficiency savings and moving to a more collaborative model.

SOCITM (Society of Information Technology Management) | Official News Release
Socitm welcomes Policy Exchange report
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) news
CAB - Energy price cuts part of “phony price war”
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations)
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 13:40

Citizens Advice has recently revealed that Npower, E.ON and Scottish Power are charging customers on their standard tariff over £200 more than their cheapest available tariff.

Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) | Official News Release
CAB - Energy price cuts part of “phony price war”
Think Tanks news
JRF response to the Prime Minister’s announcement on benefit cap reduction
Think Tanks
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 13:40

Helen Barnard Policy and Research Manager at JRF responded to Conservative plans to lower the benefits cap to £23,000

Think Tanks | Official News Release
JRF response to the Prime Minister’s announcement on benefit cap reduction
Scottish Government news
Homelessness prevented for half of approaches
Scottish Government
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 13:33

Scottish Local Authorities were able to prevent homelessness from occurring for half of households approaching their Housing Options services.

Scottish Government | Official News Release
Homelessness prevented for half of approaches
Information Commissioner's Office news
ICO appoints new non-executive member
Information Commissioner's Office
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 13:25

The ICO has appointed a new non-executive member to join its Management Board.

Information Commissioner's Office | Official News Release
ICO appoints new non-executive member
Welsh Government news
Wales chosen as location for another top American TV Pilot
Welsh Government
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 13:20

Wales’s excellent reputation as a successful production base for the creative industries has been a given a further boost with the team behind yet another high profile American TV drama choosing to film their new production in Wales.

Welsh Government | Official News Release
Wales chosen as location for another top American TV Pilot
Care Quality Commission news
Report on the deprivation of liberty safeguards published by Care Quality Commission
Care Quality Commission
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 13:15

The Care Quality Commission yesterday (26 January) published its fifth annual monitoring report on the implementation of the deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS).

Care Quality Commission | Official News Release
Report on the deprivation of liberty safeguards published by Care Quality Commission
Parliamentary Committees and Public Enquiries news
Academy model may be driving improvement in English schools
Parliamentary Committees and Public Enquiries
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 13:10

The Education Committee says that competition from the academy model may be driving improvement in English schools, as it publishes its Academies and free schools report.

Parliamentary Committees and Public Enquiries | Official News Release
Academy model may be driving improvement in English schools
Department for Education news
Children's music and arts initiatives receive £109 million boost
Department for Education
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 13:05

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan announces £109 million funding to support children’s cultural education programmes.

 

Department for Education | Official News Release
Children's music and arts initiatives receive £109 million boost
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) news
CBI - Getting the most out of skills
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations)
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 12:42

Tips for getting started, and what to watch once you're going, in sharing skills between businesses and universities.

Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) | Official News Release
CBI - Getting the most out of skills
Transport for London news
Advice to DLR customers in case of strike on 28-29 Jan
Transport for London
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 12:25

Strike by members of the RMT union in a dispute with KeolisAmey Docklands means DLR services unlikely to run on these days.

 

Transport for London | Official News Release
Advice to DLR customers in case of strike on 28-29 Jan
Foreign and Commonwealth Office news
UK and Pakistan hold joint conference on financial and professional services
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 12:20

The third annual UK Pakistan Trade and Investment Conference took place yesterday (26 Janaury 2015) focusing on financial and professional services.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office | Official News Release
UK and Pakistan hold joint conference on financial and professional services
Met Office news
2014 one of the warmest years on record globally
Met Office
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 12:15

Provisional full-year global mean temperature figures show 2014 was one of the warmest years in a record dating back to 1850.

Met Office | Official News Release
2014 one of the warmest years on record globally
Department for Communities and Local Government news
Coalition ministers change the law to protect the Great British pub
Department for Communities and Local Government
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 12:10

Ministers yesterday (26 January 2015) announced they will change the law to provide even greater protection for pubs which play a crucial role at the heart of our communities.

Department for Communities and Local Government | Official News Release
Coalition ministers change the law to protect the Great British pub
Scottish Government news
Protection against welfare cuts
Scottish Government
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 12:05

Scale of issues in Dumfries and Galloway laid bare on visit to Citizens Advice.

Scottish Government | Official News Release
Protection against welfare cuts
Department for Education news
High-quality and more rigorous arts-based GCSEs and A levels
Department for Education
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 11:53

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan announces final content for more rigorous and demanding arts GCSEs and A levels, and GCSE computer science.

Department for Education | Official News Release
High-quality and more rigorous arts-based GCSEs and A levels
Scottish Government news
Funding secures transport services for hospital patients
Scottish Government
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 11:33
Financial Conduct Authority news
FCA introduces additional protection for consumers ahead of pension freedoms
Financial Conduct Authority
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 11:25

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has yesterday written to the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of pension providers to outline plans to introduce additional protection for those accessing their defined contribution (DC) pension pot from April.

 

Financial Conduct Authority | Official News Release
FCA introduces additional protection for consumers ahead of pension freedoms
Welsh Government news
First Minister news conference
Welsh Government
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 11:20

First Minister Carwyn Jones has held his first news conference of 2015.

Welsh Government | Official News Release
First Minister news conference
Department for Culture, Media and Sport news
Children's music and arts initiatives receive £109 million boost
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 11:15

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan announces £109 million funding to support children’s cultural education programmes.

Department for Culture, Media and Sport | Official News Release
Children's music and arts initiatives receive £109 million boost
Skills Funding Agency news
Apprenticeship vacancies up by almost a third
Skills Funding Agency
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 11:10

The number of apprenticeship vacancies hits a high as the nation’s employers back a new generation of workers.

Skills Funding Agency | Official News Release
Apprenticeship vacancies up by almost a third
HM Treasury news
Coastal Communities Fund: nearly £10m funding for Scotland’s coastline
HM Treasury
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 11:05

27 coastal towns and villages across Scotland will benefit from £9.58m of UK government funding through the Coastal Communities Fund.

HM Treasury | Official News Release
Coastal Communities Fund: nearly £10m funding for Scotland’s coastline
EU News news
Juncker Plan will create 1.3 million jobs
EU News
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 10:37

The European Commission calculates that the Juncker Plan for a European Strategic Investments Fund will create 1.3 million jobs, said Commissioner for Growth and Jobs Jyrki Katainen in a debate with Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs on Monday.  If projects incur losses, the public share of their funding will take the first blow. 

EU News | Official News Release
Juncker Plan will create 1.3 million jobs
Consumer Council for Water news
Water watchdog appoints Phil Marshall as Deputy Chief Executive
Consumer Council for Water
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 10:20

THE CONSUMER Council for Water is delighted to announce the appointment of Phil Marshall as its Deputy Chief Executive.

 

Consumer Council for Water | Official News Release
Water watchdog appoints Phil Marshall as Deputy Chief Executive
Scottish Government news
Scotland's Global Connections Survey 2013
Scottish Government
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 10:15

The results of Scotland’s Global Connections Survey 2013 were released yesterday by Scotland’s Chief Statistician.

Scottish Government | Official News Release
Scotland's Global Connections Survey 2013
Department for Work and Pensions news
Welfare transformation comes to families in more areas
Department for Work and Pensions
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 10:10

Universal Credit will be available to families in more areas across the country, as of yesterday.

Department for Work and Pensions | Official News Release
Welfare transformation comes to families in more areas
UK Trade & Investment  news
UK and Pakistan hold joint conference on financial and professional services
UK Trade & Investment
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 10:05

The third annual UK Pakistan Trade and Investment Conference took place focusing on financial and professional services.

UK Trade & Investment | Official News Release
UK and Pakistan hold joint conference on financial and professional services
Transport for London news
Crossrail apprenticeship promise reached
Transport for London
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 09:25

Crossrail has fulfilled its commitment to take on at least 400 apprentices over the project's construction.

 

Transport for London | Official News Release
Crossrail apprenticeship promise reached
Independent Police Complaints Commission news
IPCC investigates Northumbria Police’s contact with a man before his death
Independent Police Complaints Commission
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 09:20

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating a series of interactions between Northumbria Police and a man before and after he was involved in a road traffic incident near Hadston in Northumberland.

Independent Police Complaints Commission | Official News Release
IPCC investigates Northumbria Police’s contact with a man before his death
Parliamentary Committees and Public Enquiries news
Environmental Audit Committee calls for halt to fracking
Parliamentary Committees and Public Enquiries
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 09:15

Shale fracking should be put on hold in the UK because it is incompatible with our climate change targets and could pose significant localised environmental risks to public health.

 

Parliamentary Committees and Public Enquiries | Official News Release
Environmental Audit Committee calls for halt to fracking
Foreign and Commonwealth Office news
Strategic projects funding
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 09:10

For those interested in considering an application for BAT funding, all proposed projects should fall within under at least one of the four priority areas as outlined above and in more detail in the BAT 2014-19 Strategy document.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office | Official News Release
Strategic projects funding
Welsh Government news
£220,000 to improve support for new mothers
Welsh Government
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 09:05

Funding of £220,000 to increase support for new mothers across Wales, has yesterday been announced by Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths.

 

Welsh Government | Official News Release
£220,000 to improve support for new mothers
Department for Communities and Local Government news
Coastal Communities Fund: nearly £10m funding for Scotland’s coastline
Department for Communities and Local Government
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 08:10

27 coastal towns and villages across Scotland will benefit from £9.58m of UK government funding through the Coastal Communities Fund.

Department for Communities and Local Government | Official News Release
Coastal Communities Fund: nearly £10m funding for Scotland’s coastline
Ministry of Defence news
Air Safety Information Management System (ASIMS) version 2.4 released
Ministry of Defence
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 08:05
HM Treasury news
New mortgage regulation legislation published
HM Treasury
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 07:10

The government has yesterday published the legislation which will incorporate new European regulations on mortgage lending into UK law.

 

HM Treasury | Official News Release
New mortgage regulation legislation published
Scottish Government news
Exporting excellence
Scottish Government
Tuesday 27 January 2015 @ 07:05

£27.9 billion worth of Scottish goods and services were exported across the world in 2013.

Scottish Government | Official News Release
Exporting excellence

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