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Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) news
LGA responds to UK Home Care Association report
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations)
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 16:40

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board responded to a UK Home Care Association report into pay for care workers.

Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) | Official News Release
LGA responds to UK Home Care Association report
Department for Education news
New action plan to inspire thousands more pupils to read
Department for Education
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 16:38

New funding for book clubs and a drive to get every primary school child a library card announced

Department for Education | Official News Release
New action plan to inspire thousands more pupils to read
Welsh Government news
Carl Sargeant seeks “big six” talks
Welsh Government
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 16:28

Natural Resources Minister Carl Sargeant has written to the UK’s “big six” energy firms, along with the Co-operative Energy and First Utility, asking them to meet with him to discuss how they can work more effectively with the Welsh Government to tackle fuel poverty.

Welsh Government | Official News Release
Carl Sargeant seeks “big six” talks
FSCS news
Clients of Alpari (UK) can agree account balances on the Joint Special Administrator's Claims Portal
FSCS
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 16:25

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) has investigated the nature of Alpari (UK) Limited’s business and has concluded that valid protected claims are likely to arise. As a result, we have been working with the Joint Special Administrator’s (JSAs) to confirm how our claims’ process will dovetail with theirs. 
 

FSCS | Official News Release
Clients of Alpari (UK) can agree account balances on the Joint Special Administrator's Claims Portal
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) news
U.S Cybersecurity policy update
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations)
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 16:20

​In early February, the Obama administration held a cybersecurity summit at Stanford University on the subject of Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection, which invited tech industry and policy leaders to discuss strategies to improve best practices in information security standards. 

Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) | Official News Release
U.S Cybersecurity policy update
NHS England news
Developing a new approach to palliative care funding
NHS England
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 16:15

Based on a two year data collection from sites covering both adults’ and children’s services, NHS England has produced a development currency for palliative care which focuses on patient need. The aim of the work is to provide a transparent basis for palliative care commissioning.

NHS England | Official News Release
Developing a new approach to palliative care funding
UK Trade & Investment news
Global social economy promoted in Scotland
UK Trade & Investment
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 16:10

Francis Maude announced a global campaign to promote the UK social economy, meeting Scottish social entrepreneurs at Chivas distillery.

UK Trade & Investment | Official News Release
Global social economy promoted in Scotland
EU News news
Commission makes progress on a European Agenda on Migration
EU News
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 16:05

The European Commission has launched its work on a comprehensive European Agenda on Migration.  The College of Commissioners held a first orientation debate on key actions to step up the EU's efforts to implement the existing tools and cooperation in managing migration flows from third countries. 

EU News | Official News Release
Commission makes progress on a European Agenda on Migration
Department of Energy and Climate Change news
£70 million for home energy efficiency through the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund Release 3
Department of Energy and Climate Change
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 15:46

More people will enjoy a warmer home for less thanks to the third release from the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) worth up to £70 million.

Department of Energy and Climate Change | Official News Release
£70 million for home energy efficiency through the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund Release 3
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) news
CIPD - Majority of UK workers think they should double pension contributions and one in ten worry they will never be able to afford to retire
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations)
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 15:40

A new CIPD report has revealed that the average employee pension contribution to a workplace-defined contribution pension scheme is currently 5%, but most employees think they should be saving almost double that (9%).  

Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) | Official News Release
CIPD - Majority of UK workers think they should double pension contributions and one in ten worry they will never be able to afford to retire
Scottish Government news
£21 million for new schools
Scottish Government
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 15:38

More than £20 million of Scottish Government funding has been announced by Angela Constance for new primary school building projects.

Scottish Government | Official News Release
£21 million for new schools
Arts Council England news
Black Country Living Museum launches resilient leadership programme
Arts Council England
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 15:25

Supported by Arts Council England, the Black Country Living Museum in the West Midlands is offering museum professionals the opportunity to take part in its Museums and Resilient Leadership Programme.

 

Arts Council England | Official News Release
Black Country Living Museum launches resilient leadership programme
Innovate UK news
Connecting innovators: the Knowledge Transfer Network
Innovate UK
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 15:21

From the discovery of DNA to inventing the world wide web the UK has a reputation for world-leading creativity and inventiveness.

Innovate UK | Official News Release
Connecting innovators: the Knowledge Transfer Network
Ministry of Defence news
Defence Secretary Discusses Regional Threats On Middle East Visit
Ministry of Defence
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 15:15

The Defence Secretary met ministers in Saudi Arabia and Oman to discuss regional security and international co-ordination against ISIL.

Ministry of Defence | Official News Release
Defence Secretary Discusses Regional Threats On Middle East Visit
EU News news
General Court annuls the Eurosystem Oversight Policy Framework
EU News
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 15:10

The General Court has annuled the Eurosystem Oversight Policy Framework published by the ECB, which requires central counterparties to be located in the Eurozone.  The ECB does not have the competence necessary to impose such a requirement on central counterparties involved in the clearing of securities.

EU News | Official News Release
General Court annuls the Eurosystem Oversight Policy Framework
Nuclear Decommissioning Authority news
Response to Public Accounts Committee statement
Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 15:05

The National Audit Office’s latest report points to improved performance at Sellafield in the last 12 months.

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority | Official News Release
Response to Public Accounts Committee statement
Competition & Markets Authority news
Ofwat refers Bristol Water appeal
Competition & Markets Authority
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 14:43

Ofwat has referred an appeal from Bristol Water plc to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

Competition & Markets Authority | Official News Release
Ofwat refers Bristol Water appeal
Welsh Government news
£17m EU-backed project to support Welsh job-seekers announced at St David's Day reception in Brussels
Welsh Government
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 14:39

Finance Minister, Jane Hutt, has announced a £10 million EU investment for a £17 million initiative to help people affected by redundancy back into work.

Welsh Government | Official News Release
£17m EU-backed project to support Welsh job-seekers announced at St David's Day reception in Brussels
Think Tanks news
IFS - Average income back to around pre-recession level after historically slow recovery in living standards
Think Tanks
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 14:35

New IFS projections suggest median (middle) household income in 2014–15 is at around the same level as it was in 2007–08 before the recession, though still more than 2% below its 2009–10 peak. 

Think Tanks | Official News Release
IFS - Average income back to around pre-recession level after historically slow recovery in living standards
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) news
Net Neutrality in the U.S
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations)
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 14:33

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 last week to support regulating broadband as a utility. 

 

Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) | Official News Release
Net Neutrality in the U.S
HM Treasury news
Tax-free savings boost for 1.5 million savers
HM Treasury
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 14:25

From 6 April, one million savers with an annual income under £15,600 will be able to get their savings interest paid completely tax-free.

HM Treasury | Official News Release
Tax-free savings boost for 1.5 million savers
Department of Energy and Climate Change news
Secretary of State, Ed Davey, has responded to LetterOne
Department of Energy and Climate Change
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 14:25

The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey, has written back to LetterOne regards its acquisition of Dea UK.

Department of Energy and Climate Change | Official News Release
Secretary of State, Ed Davey, has responded to LetterOne
techUK news
Facebook voted best mobile brand by 8,500 UK consumers
techUK
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 14:20

Lessons to be learned from consumers' choice of top mobile brands, as announced by Oxygen8.

techUK | Official News Release
Facebook voted best mobile brand by 8,500 UK consumers
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs news
Government announces crackdown on illegal fly-tipping
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 14:15

Greater powers to be given to enforcement authorities to stop, search and seize vehicles suspected of waste crime.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs | Official News Release
Government announces crackdown on illegal fly-tipping
Wales Office news
Wales Office Minister Alun Cairns welcomes Network Rail proposals to modernise railways in Wales
Wales Office
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 14:10

Wales Office Minister Alun Cairns yesterday (4th March) welcomed proposals by Network Rail to modernise the railway in Wales to meet future demand for passenger and freight journeys.

Wales Office | Official News Release
Wales Office Minister Alun Cairns welcomes Network Rail proposals to modernise railways in Wales
Foreign and Commonwealth Office news
First World War & Decade of Centenaries commemorations - Update
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 14:05

The NIO provides a useful update on progress around the commemoration of First World War and the wider decade of commemorations.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office | Official News Release
First World War & Decade of Centenaries commemorations - Update
Scottish Government news
Hot potatoes
Scottish Government
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 13:53

Seed potato exports are booming, with the latest figures indicating that 2014/15 has been a record breaking season for the industry.

Scottish Government | Official News Release
Hot potatoes
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) news
Audit Scotland - Even tougher years ahead for councils
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations)
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 13:40

Councils have managed financial pressures well but face increasingly difficult challenges and tough decisions to balance their budgets. 

Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) | Official News Release
Audit Scotland - Even tougher years ahead for councils
Think Tanks news
CSJ - Charities warn against drug legalisation on eve of Clegg announcement
Think Tanks
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 13:35

A new poll of over 100 charities by the think-tank, the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) found that 69 per cent would be concerned if the Government decriminalised cannabis and 73 per cent were concerned of the effects that cannabis had on their clients and families. 

Think Tanks | Official News Release
CSJ - Charities warn against drug legalisation on eve of Clegg announcement
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) news
Budget 2015 must get 'UK Mittelstand' on front foot
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations)
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 13:20

The head of the CBI is calling on the Chancellor to use his final Budget before the General Election to prioritise measures which will create more growth opportunities for medium-sized firms – ‘The UK Mittelstand’, the backbone of the UK economy - while staying the course on the current fiscal reduction plans.

Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) | Official News Release
Budget 2015 must get 'UK Mittelstand' on front foot
Cabinet Office news
Global social economy promoted in Scotland
Cabinet Office
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 13:15

Francis Maude announced a global campaign to promote the UK social economy, meeting Scottish social entrepreneurs at Chivas distillery.

 

Cabinet Office | Official News Release
Global social economy promoted in Scotland
Skills Funding Agency news
Daily themes for National Apprenticeship Week
Skills Funding Agency
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 13:10

Every day we will focus on a different theme to show the wide range of apprenticeships on offer and the positive impact that they have.

Skills Funding Agency | Official News Release
Daily themes for National Apprenticeship Week
EU News news
EU launches a consultation on the future of its relations with neighbouring countries
EU News
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 13:05

A consultation on the future of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) has been launched.  The ENP was last reviewed in 2011. Given the significant developments in the neighbourhood since then, it is now essential to undertake a fundamental review of the principles on which the policy is based as well as its scope and how its instruments should be used.

EU News | Official News Release
EU launches a consultation on the future of its relations with neighbouring countries
Department for Culture, Media and Sport news
First World War & Decade of Centenaries commemorations - Update
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 12:43

The NIO provides a useful update on progress around the commemoration of First World War and the wider decade of commemorations.

Department for Culture, Media and Sport | Official News Release
First World War & Decade of Centenaries commemorations - Update
NHS England news
Expo provides a heady mix celebrating the best of the NHS – Jenny Hicken
NHS England
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 12:25

As I sit at my desk writing this blog it’s hard to believe it has been a whole year since I walked into the vast exhibition hall at Manchester Central to be confronted with the wonders of NHS Expo 2014.

NHS England | Official News Release
Expo provides a heady mix celebrating the best of the NHS – Jenny Hicken
Parliamentary Committees and Public Enquiries news
Use smart technology to cut peak demand rather than coal
Parliamentary Committees and Public Enquiries
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 12:20

The Government’s electricity Capacity Market - designed to meet peaks in demand and help keep the lights on – could result in higher than necessary energy costs and emissions because its design has been skewed in favour of fossil fuel generating capacity rather than innovative new demand-side response technology, according to analysis by the Energy and Climate Change Committee.

 

Parliamentary Committees and Public Enquiries | Official News Release
Use smart technology to cut peak demand rather than coal
Higher Education Funding Council England (HEFCE) news
Project set to boost higher technical education in colleges across the country
Higher Education Funding Council England (HEFCE)
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 12:15

The Association of Colleges (AoC) has been awarded £2.75 million by the HEFCE Catalyst Fund to enhance the learning of higher education students in colleges. 

Higher Education Funding Council England (HEFCE) | Official News Release
Project set to boost higher technical education in colleges across the country
Scottish Government news
Forth Bridge at 125
Scottish Government
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 12:05

The world famous Forth Bridge yesterday celebrated its 125th anniversary with a spectacular fly past recalling one of the most momentous days in life of the Bridge.

Scottish Government | Official News Release
Forth Bridge at 125
HM Treasury news
Pension freedoms protected and new breed of pension schemes become law
HM Treasury
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 12:05

Radical new legislation marking the culmination of this Parliament’s pension reform agenda has become law.

 

HM Treasury | Official News Release
Pension freedoms protected and new breed of pension schemes become law
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) news
U.S Immigration update
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations)
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 11:37

A group of House Republicans almost caused the temporary shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) over President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) | Official News Release
U.S Immigration update
Northern Ireland Assembly news
Public Accounts Committee identifies room for big savings in prescribing expenditure
Northern Ireland Assembly
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 11:25

The Health Service could make significant savings if doctors consistently prescribed lower cost medicines which are as effective as ones that are more expensive. This is the stark message from the Assembly's Public Accounts Committee which has yesterday published its report on Primary Care Prescribing.

 

Northern Ireland Assembly | Official News Release
Public Accounts Committee identifies room for big savings in prescribing expenditure
Department for Education news
Grants to help boost diversity in senior school leadership
Department for Education
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 11:20

Schools across England are being invited to bid for funding to help boost diversity in their senior leadership teams, Secretary of State of Education and Women and Equalities Minister Nicky Morgan announced yesterday (4 March 2015).

Department for Education | Official News Release
Grants to help boost diversity in senior school leadership
Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) news
Schools not doing enough to support most able students
Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted)
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 11:15

Ofsted survey finds that many of the most able children who attend non-selective secondary schools are failing to achieve their potential.

Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) | Official News Release
Schools not doing enough to support most able students
FSCS news
Castle and Minster Credit Union declared in default
FSCS
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 11:10

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) is stepping in to protect nearly 4,000 members of Castle and Minster Limited Credit Union (“Castle and Minster CU”) after it was placed into administration and ceased trading on 03 March 2015. The credit union is based in Huddersfield. 
 

FSCS | Official News Release
Castle and Minster Credit Union declared in default
Welsh Government news
Great Debate will shape Wales’ future school system
Welsh Government
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 11:05

Education Minister, Huw Lewis, is calling on teachers, pupils, parents and businesses to get involved in a ‘Great Debate’ on the curriculum that will shape Wales’ future school system.

Welsh Government | Official News Release
Great Debate will shape Wales’ future school system
Scottish Government news
Talking tech
Scottish Government
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 10:47

Education Secretary marks National Digital Learning Week in Penicuik.

 

Scottish Government | Official News Release
Talking tech
Ofgem news
ScottishPower accepts sales ban after failing Ofgem’s customer service target
Ofgem
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 10:25

ScottishPower has stopped proactive selling for 12 days after Ofgem found that the supplier failed to remove a backlog of outstanding Energy Ombudsman decisions by the end of November. The ban started yesterday and affects all outbound sales activities.

Ofgem | Official News Release
ScottishPower accepts sales ban after failing Ofgem’s customer service target
Land Registry news
Property Alert helps thousands in first year
Land Registry
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 10:20

In its first year, over 19,000 people have signed up to Land Registry’s free Property Alert service.

Land Registry | Official News Release
Property Alert helps thousands in first year
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) news
People should be more involved in decisions about the medicines they take to ensure they get the best outcomes from them, says NICE in new guidance
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 10:15

A new guideline from NICE on medicines optimisation published yesterday outlines how putting people at the centre of decisions about their care can enable them to use the medicines they are prescribed safely and effectively and get the best possible outcomes from them.

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) | Official News Release
People should be more involved in decisions about the medicines they take to ensure they get the best outcomes from them, says NICE in new guidance
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations) news
FRC publishes compendium of Audit and Assurance Standards and Guidance 2015
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations)
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 10:10
Department for Communities and Local Government news
Cheers all round for community pubs day
Department for Communities and Local Government
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 10:05

A national celebration day will be held on 23 March for the hundreds of pubs listed as assets of community value.

Department for Communities and Local Government | Official News Release
Cheers all round for community pubs day
Transport for London news
Crackdown continues on unsafe Limos
Transport for London
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 09:25

The Metropolitan Police has continued its clampdown on unsafe limos in Central London as part of 'Operation Kansas', which ensures limos are roadworthy, adhere to safety standards and keep the public safe.

 

Transport for London | Official News Release
Crackdown continues on unsafe Limos
Competition & Markets Authority news
CMA receives two appeal applications over electricity distribution network price controls
Competition & Markets Authority
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 09:20

Northern Powergrid (Northeast) Limited and Northern Powergrid (Yorkshire) plc and British Gas Trading Limited (BGT) have sought permission from the CMA to appeal against Ofgem’s RIIO-ED1 price controls for electricity distribution companies.

Competition & Markets Authority | Official News Release
CMA receives two appeal applications over electricity distribution network price controls
Parliamentary Committees and Public Enquiries news
Kew Gardens funding must be put on secure footing
Parliamentary Committees and Public Enquiries
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 09:15

The Government’s financial management of Kew Gardens is a recipe for failure, the Science and Technology Committee has warned in a new report.

Parliamentary Committees and Public Enquiries | Official News Release
Kew Gardens funding must be put on secure footing
Financial Conduct Authority news
FCA publishes consultation on pension transfers
Financial Conduct Authority
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 09:10

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has yesterday published a consultation paper on proposed changes to its pension transfer rules, designed to reflect the Government’s new flexible pensions regime.  

 

Financial Conduct Authority | Official News Release
FCA publishes consultation on pension transfers
Welsh Government news
New fund to create commercial opportunities from Welsh life sciences research
Welsh Government
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 09:05

Economy and Science Minister, Edwina Hart has announced a new £3m fund to turn life science research projects into businesses, stimulating further growth in the sector.

Welsh Government | Official News Release
New fund to create commercial opportunities from Welsh life sciences research
Department for Work and Pensions news
Pension freedoms protected and new breed of pension schemes become law
Department for Work and Pensions
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 08:10

Radical new legislation marking the culmination of this Parliament’s pension reform agenda has become law.

Department for Work and Pensions | Official News Release
Pension freedoms protected and new breed of pension schemes become law
National Audit Office Press Releases news
Progress on the Sellafield site: an update
National Audit Office Press Releases
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 08:05

The NAO has yesterday published an update for the Public Accounts Committee, detailing developments in the management of the Sellafield site, the UK’s largest and most hazardous nuclear site, and the extent to which progress has been made in decommissioning and cleaning it up.

 

National Audit Office Press Releases | Official News Release
Progress on the Sellafield site: an update
Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) news
Commission appoints new panel of legal counsel as it launches future strategic litigation policy
Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 07:10

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has yesterday announced the appointment of new legal counsel to the panel it calls on for advice and representation. This comes as it launches a revised strategic litigation policy, listing the factors to be considered when using its statutory powers.

 

Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) | Official News Release
Commission appoints new panel of legal counsel as it launches future strategic litigation policy
Scottish Government news
Chip in
Scottish Government
Thursday 05 March 2015 @ 07:05

All dogs in Scotland will need a microchip, under planned changes to the law announced yesterday (Wednesday March 4, 2015) by Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead.

Scottish Government | Official News Release
Chip in

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