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Welsh Government news
Minister publishes guidance on separate collection of recyclable materials
Welsh Government
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 16:36

New guidance will support Welsh councils and businesses to increase high quality recycling, according to Minister for Natural Resources Carl Sargeant.

Welsh Government | Official News Release
Minister publishes guidance on separate collection of recyclable materials
National Audit Office Press Releases news
Client Funds Account – Statutory Child Maintenance Schemes 2013-14
National Audit Office Press Releases
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 16:30

The C&AG has qualified the DWP’s Client Funds Account on the grounds of material errors in the calculations of child maintenance assessments. He has also given an adverse opinion on the truth and fairness of the outstanding maintenance arrears.

 

National Audit Office Press Releases | Official News Release
Client Funds Account – Statutory Child Maintenance Schemes 2013-14
Innovate UK news
Making the UK the best place for science and business
Innovate UK
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 16:25

Government strategy sets out plan to stimulate economic growth by supporting science and innovation.

Innovate UK | Official News Release
Making the UK the best place for science and business
Department of Energy and Climate Change news
A million ways our homes are warmer this winter
Department of Energy and Climate Change
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 16:20

A million home improvement measures will keep Britain’s homes warmer for less this Christmas thanks to the Government’s energy efficiency schemes.

Department of Energy and Climate Change | Official News Release
A million ways our homes are warmer this winter
Office for National Statistics news
UK Labour Market, December 2014
Office for National Statistics
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 16:15

Comparing the estimates for August to October 2014 with those for May to July 2014, employment continued to rise and unemployment continued to fall. These changes maintain the general direction of movement since late 2011/early 2012.

Office for National Statistics | Official News Release
UK Labour Market, December 2014
EU News news
MEPs secure deal to cap card payment fees
EU News
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 16:10

The fees that banks charge retailers to process shoppers’ payments should be capped under uniform rules across in the EU following a deal struck by Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee and Council negotiators on Wednesday.  The cap would apply to both cross-border and domestic card-based payments and should result in lower costs for consumers.

EU News | Official News Release
MEPs secure deal to cap card payment fees
Science and Technology Facilities Council  news
Using the power of a trillion light bulbs to map the nano-world
Science and Technology Facilities Council
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 16:05

Generating the equivalent of a trillion light bulbs – more power than the whole national grid, but delivered in incredibly short flashes, a new international science facility will give British researchers unprecedented access to the inner working of cells, atoms and chemical processes.

 

Science and Technology Facilities Council | Official News Release
Using the power of a trillion light bulbs to map the nano-world
EU News news
MEPs critical of breaches of freedom of expression in Turkey
EU News
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 15:30

MEPs from all political groups expressed their concerns over the recent arrests of journalists in Turkey and condemned all actions against media freedom, in a plenary debate on Wednesday afternoon. 

EU News | Official News Release
MEPs critical of breaches of freedom of expression in Turkey
Department for Work and Pensions news
Sixty four per cent of separated parents now choosing to work together
Department for Work and Pensions
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 15:25

More than 6 out of 10 separated parents using the new Child Maintenance Service are now choosing to make their own financial arrangements.

Department for Work and Pensions | Official News Release
Sixty four per cent of separated parents now choosing to work together
Higher Education Funding Council England (HEFCE) news
UK the best place in the world to undertake research: HEFCE response to the Government’s Science and Innovation Strategy
Higher Education Funding Council England (HEFCE)
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 15:20
Ministry of Defence news
Publication of the Al-Sweady inquiry report
Ministry of Defence
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 15:15

Sir Thayne Forbes has published his independent report into allegations of murder and ill-treatment of detainees in Iraq in 2004.

Ministry of Defence | Official News Release
Publication of the Al-Sweady inquiry report
Department for International Development news
UK praised for global leadership on international development
Department for International Development
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 15:10

OECD's Development Assistance Committee has issued a report on the UK’s development assistance.

Department for International Development | Official News Release
UK praised for global leadership on international development
Scottish Government news
Multi-million pound boost for fishing fleet
Scottish Government
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 15:05

The deal agreed in Brussels will be worth an additional £10 million next year to Scotland's whitefish and prawn fleets according to initial estimates.

Scottish Government | Official News Release
Multi-million pound boost for fishing fleet
Scottish Government news
Raise minimum wage for apprentices
Scottish Government
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 14:30

Modern Apprentices (MAs) should not be paid less than their colleagues, the Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training has said.

 

Scottish Government | Official News Release
Raise minimum wage for apprentices
Department for Education news
£31.7 million boost for ‘life-changing’ SEND reforms
Department for Education
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 14:25

A multi-million pound injection will help local authorities continue to implement new special educational needs system.

Department for Education | Official News Release
£31.7 million boost for ‘life-changing’ SEND reforms
UK Trade & Investment  news
Setting up a business ranked top career choice for 18 to 25 year olds across the globe
UK Trade & Investment
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 14:20

New report finds becoming an entrepreneur is the top career aspiration amongst 18 to 25 year olds.

UK Trade & Investment | Official News Release
Setting up a business ranked top career choice for 18 to 25 year olds across the globe
HM Treasury news
Government to sell part of its remaining shareholding in Lloyds through a trading plan.
HM Treasury
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 14:15

Chancellor announces plan to sell more of the government’s shareholding in Lloyds Banking Group.

HM Treasury | Official News Release
Government to sell part of its remaining shareholding in Lloyds through a trading plan.
Ofgem news
Early signs of improved liquidity in wholesale electricity market
Ofgem
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 14:10

Ofgem has today published its first analysis of the impact of its reforms to improve liquidity in the wholesale electricity market.

Ofgem | Official News Release
Early signs of improved liquidity in wholesale electricity market
EU News news
Migration: MEPs call on EU countries to share responsibility
EU News
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 14:05

MEPs call for a comprehensive EU approach to migration and more effort to prevent further loss of life at sea in a resolution passed on Wednesday. 

EU News | Official News Release
Migration: MEPs call on EU countries to share responsibility
Welsh Government news
More than 30,000 emergency ambulance calls are unnecessary and they’re putting lives at risk – Deputy Health Minister warns
Welsh Government
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 13:48

More than 30,000 999 calls for an emergency ambulance in Wales during the last year have been for minor illness like toothache, sore throats, coughs and colds, Deputy Health Minister Vaughan Gething said yesterday.

 

Welsh Government | Official News Release
More than 30,000 emergency ambulance calls are unnecessary and they’re putting lives at risk – Deputy Health Minister warns
Scottish Government news
Inquiry into institutional child abuse
Scottish Government
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 13:30

A statutory public inquiry will be held to examine historical cases of abuse of children in care in Scotland, the Scottish Government has announced.

Scottish Government | Official News Release
Inquiry into institutional child abuse
EU News news
Parliament approves EU budgets for 2014 and 2015
EU News
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 13:25

Parliament approved the draft EU budget for 2015 and a top-up of the 2014 one on Wednesday. The budget foresees €145.32 billion in commitments and €141.21 billion in payments for 2015, and an extra €4.25 billion to settle unpaid bills in 2014.

EU News | Official News Release
Parliament approves EU budgets for 2014 and 2015
Skills Funding Agency news
Apprenticeships information now on GOV.UK
Skills Funding Agency
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 13:20

The Skills Funding Agency has transferred key content from the former apprenticeships website to GOV.UK yesterday (Wednesday, 17 December).

 

Skills Funding Agency | Official News Release
Apprenticeships information now on GOV.UK
Care Quality Commission news
CQC sets out plans to call time on Inadequate adult social care
Care Quality Commission
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 13:15

Adult social care services in England that fail to improve within a year of being rated as Inadequate overall will face closure as part of plans to tackle failing care shared at yesterday's (Wednesday 17 December) Care Quality Commission (CQC) Public Board Meeting.

 

Care Quality Commission | Official News Release
CQC sets out plans to call time on Inadequate adult social care
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) news
NICE updates its guideline on safely treating mental health problems in women before, during and after pregnancy
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 13:10

The NHS guidance body, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence says women who have experience of or are at risk of mental health problems should get extra support before, during and after their pregnancy.

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) | Official News Release
NICE updates its guideline on safely treating mental health problems in women before, during and after pregnancy
Department for Communities and Local Government news
Councils receive £3 billion reward for getting the country building
Department for Communities and Local Government
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 13:05

Councils have received almost £3.4 billion through the New Homes Bonus for building over 800,000 more homes, Housing Minister confirms.

Department for Communities and Local Government | Official News Release
Councils receive £3 billion reward for getting the country building
National Audit Office Press Releases news
Public Health England’s grant to local authorities
National Audit Office Press Releases
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 12:30

Public Health England has made a good start in supporting local authorities with their new responsibilities for public health but it is too soon to tell whether its approach is achieving value for money.

 

National Audit Office Press Releases | Official News Release
Public Health England’s grant to local authorities
Wales Office news
Lowest number of Jobseeker's Allowance claimants in Wales for 6 years despite rise in unemployment
Wales Office
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 12:25

Stephen Crabb: "A positive long term trend but these figures show there's no room for complacency."

Wales Office | Official News Release
Lowest number of Jobseeker's Allowance claimants in Wales for 6 years despite rise in unemployment
Scottish Government news
Reducing isolation and food poverty
Scottish Government
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 12:20

A food sharing project that helps to reduce isolation and break down health inequalities has been formally launched by Maureen Watt, Minister for Public Health.

Scottish Government | Official News Release
Reducing isolation and food poverty
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills news
Government unveils £6 billion package for UK science and innovation
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 12:15

The government unveils its ambitious new plan to keep British science and innovation at the forefront of global excellence.

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills | Official News Release
Government unveils £6 billion package for UK science and innovation
Office for National Statistics news
Public Sector Employment, Q3 2014
Office for National Statistics
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 12:10

Total UK public sector employment decreased by 7,000 from Q2 2014 to 5.412 million, which is its lowest level, on a headcount basis, since the start of the series in 1999.

Office for National Statistics | Official News Release
Public Sector Employment, Q3 2014
Foreign and Commonwealth Office news
UK welcomes adoption of UNSC resolution on aid access to Syria
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 12:05

Foreign Secretary welcomes unanimous adoption of UNSC resolution 2191, which renews UNSC resolution 2165, ensuring continued cross-border aid into Syria.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office | Official News Release
UK welcomes adoption of UNSC resolution on aid access to Syria
EU News news
Money laundering: Parliament & Council negotiators agree on central registers
EU News
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 11:37

The ultimate owners of companies would have to be listed in central registers in EU countries, accessible to people with a "legitimate interest", such as investigative journalists and other concerned citizens, under a deal struck by Parliament and Council negotiators on a draft EU anti-money laundering directive on Tuesday. 

EU News | Official News Release
Money laundering: Parliament & Council negotiators agree on central registers
Scottish Government news
Benefiting from 2014 Legacy
Scottish Government
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 11:30

More than £500,000 of grant funding has been awarded to a range of organisations as part of the legacy of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Scottish Government | Official News Release
Benefiting from 2014 Legacy
Welsh Government news
Better advice means better lives: £2.2 million funding for Citizens Advice Cymru
Welsh Government
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 11:25

Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister, Lesley Griffiths, has announced £2.2 million to ensure vulnerable people across Wales continue to receive high quality support and advice.

Welsh Government | Official News Release
Better advice means better lives: £2.2 million funding for Citizens Advice Cymru
Independent Police Complaints Commission news
Update on the IPCC investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Thomas Orchard
Independent Police Complaints Commission
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 11:20

A Devon and Cornwall Police custody sergeant and two detention officers are being charged with criminal offences as a result of an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Thomas Orchard.

Independent Police Complaints Commission | Official News Release
Update on the IPCC investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Thomas Orchard
Ministry of Defence news
Defence Support Group sold for £140 million
Ministry of Defence
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 11:15

The Ministry of Defence has signed a contract for £140 million with Babcock International for the sale of Defence Support Group.

Ministry of Defence | Official News Release
Defence Support Group sold for £140 million
Department for Work and Pensions news
Final 2014 employment figures show all time record number of people in jobs
Department for Work and Pensions
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 11:10

Full-time jobs accounted for 95% of the rise in employment over the past year, with private sector employment rising by 637,000.

Department for Work and Pensions | Official News Release
Final 2014 employment figures show all time record number of people in jobs
Parliamentary Committees and Public Enquiries news
Procuring new trains report published
Parliamentary Committees and Public Enquiries
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 11:05

The Department for Transport needs to work with the industry through the Rail Delivery Group to clarify the respective roles and responsibilities of government and industry according to the Public Accounts Committee's report published on Wednesday 17 December 2014.

 

Parliamentary Committees and Public Enquiries | Official News Release
Procuring new trains report published
Scottish Government news
NHS staff survey
Scottish Government
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 10:30

Staff working in Scotland’s health service feel increasingly positive about the overall experience of working for NHS Scotland, a nationwide survey has shown.

Scottish Government | Official News Release
NHS staff survey
Financial Conduct Authority news
Defined contribution workplace pensions: The audit of charges and benefits in legacy schemes
Financial Conduct Authority
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 10:25

The Independent Project Board (IPB) responsible for overseeing the audit of charges and benefits in legacy defined contribution (DC) workplace pension schemes has yesterday issued its final report.

 

Financial Conduct Authority | Official News Release
Defined contribution workplace pensions: The audit of charges and benefits in legacy schemes
Transport for London news
Plan ahead this festive season
Transport for London
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 10:20

Transport for London (TfL) has published its online Festive Travel Guide to help Londoners and visitors make the most of the capital over the festive season.

 

Transport for London | Official News Release
Plan ahead this festive season
Competition & Markets Authority news
Pork pies merger may give rise to competition concerns
Competition & Markets Authority
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 10:15

The CMA has found that Pork Farms’ completed acquisition of Kerry Foods’ chilled savoury pastry (CSP) business gives rise to a realistic prospect of a substantial lessening of competition and will be referred for an in-depth phase 2 investigation unless acceptable undertakings are offered.

Competition & Markets Authority | Official News Release
Pork pies merger may give rise to competition concerns
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) news
NICE plans to support device for diagnosing liver damage without surgery
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 10:10

NICE is consulting on draft guidance on a device that aims to diagnose and monitor liver damage, without the need for surgery. The provisional recommendations support using the device, Virtual Touch Quantification (VTq), in adults and children with chronic hepatitis B or C who need assessment of liver fibrosis.

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) | Official News Release
NICE plans to support device for diagnosing liver damage without surgery
Department of Energy and Climate Change news
£2.5m to develop North Sea CO2 storage
Department of Energy and Climate Change
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 10:05

The Department for Energy and Climate Change are making £2.5m available to encourage development of CO2 storage in the North Sea.

Department of Energy and Climate Change | Official News Release
£2.5m to develop North Sea CO2 storage
Parliamentary Committees and Public Enquiries news
Call for urgent review of joint enterprise law
Parliamentary Committees and Public Enquiries
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 09:25

The Law Commission should review the common-law doctrine of joint enterprise in murder cases as a matter of urgency, says the Justice Committee in a follow-up report.

 

Parliamentary Committees and Public Enquiries | Official News Release
Call for urgent review of joint enterprise law
Big Lottery Fund news
WW2 Pacific fleet veteran returns to Singapore to honour pilots who never returned
Big Lottery Fund
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 09:20

A Second World War veteran from Dorset is making an emotional visit to the Kranji memorial in Singapore to pay respects to the pilots who never returned to his aircraft carrier following missions during the war in the Pacific.

 

Big Lottery Fund | Official News Release
WW2 Pacific fleet veteran returns to Singapore to honour pilots who never returned
Office for National Statistics news
Regional Labour Market, December 2014
Office for National Statistics
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 09:15

The employment rate in Great Britain was highest in the East of England and the South East (76.5%) and lowest in Wales (68.5%).

Office for National Statistics | Official News Release
Regional Labour Market, December 2014
Higher Education Funding Council England (HEFCE) news
Graduates say finance is a key barrier to postgraduate education
Higher Education Funding Council England (HEFCE)
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 09:10

New HEFCE research based on the Intentions After Graduation Survey (IAGS) 2013 shows that over half of graduates who plan to go onto postgraduate study end up not doing so because of finance issues.

Higher Education Funding Council England (HEFCE) | Official News Release
Graduates say finance is a key barrier to postgraduate education
Welsh Government news
£8m boost for services to support older people in South East Wales
Welsh Government
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 09:05

The Welsh Government is investing £8m in services to support older people and help maintain their independence across South East Wales, Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford said recently.

 

Welsh Government | Official News Release
£8m boost for services to support older people in South East Wales
Department for Communities and Local Government news
Secretary of State sends in commissioners to Tower Hamlets
Department for Communities and Local Government
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 08:10

Commissioners will take control of grant making within the council and will approve any sale or disposal of property.

Department for Communities and Local Government | Official News Release
Secretary of State sends in commissioners to Tower Hamlets
Ministry of Defence news
Annual Armed Forces Covenant report published
Ministry of Defence
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 08:05

The Armed Forces Covenant annual report 2014 has been presented to Parliament, detailing the progress and successes of the past year.

Ministry of Defence | Official News Release
Annual Armed Forces Covenant report published
Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) news
Commission launches new project to help tackle LGB and T hate crime
Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 07:10

The Commission has launched a 16-month-long project to tackle significant under-reporting of hate crime against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people in Great Britain.

 

Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) | Official News Release
Commission launches new project to help tackle LGB and T hate crime
Scottish Government news
Planning decisions
Scottish Government
Thursday 18 December 2014 @ 07:05

Decisions on planning applications need to continue to be made more quickly, planning minister Alex Neil said yesterday.

Scottish Government | Official News Release
Planning decisions

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