General News (Archive)

Defence Secretary confirms £1.7bn investment in Scottish military bases – (Defence Secretary announces world class innovation panel ~ MoD:  Submarines to support economic and community growth)

LGA echoes Education Committee in calling for councils to set up Multi-Academy Trusts ~ PC&PE:  MPs concerned about performance of multi-academy trusts ~ IFS:  FE and sixth forms to suffer from 30 years without additional funding

LGA responds to sex & relationship education announcement – (LGA responds to loneliness report)

HCFCE:  Postgraduate and undergraduate student numbers at record highs

ScotGov:  82 new affordable homes for Govan – (ScotGov:  £m A9 dualling contract ~ ScotGov:  FM Reading Challenge extended)

Children’s Commissioner welcomes findings that 75% of people think impact of sexting & pornography should be taught in schools ~ Children’s Commissioner responds to reports about decriminalising viewing of indecent images of children ~ Children’s Commissioner submits report on disabled children to the United Nations)

Ofcom:  BT’s landline-only customers set for cheaper bills

Electoral Commission:  Latest figures published for political party donations and borrowing

Social Mobility Commission:  Drop in poor children's progress at secondary school

EHRC:  Changes to disability benefits: welfare system should support those in need

UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation:  Holocaust memorial designs exhibition in Parliament

DVLA:  1 month to go until new vehicle tax rates come into force

RoSPA:  New drivers will lose their licence after using their mobile phone just once

Arts Council England:  Boost for ambitious arts activities across England

Ofgem reduces National Grid’s spending allowances for its transmission price controls – (Ofgem:  Switches up by nearly 30% as millions go ‘energy shopping’ ~ Ofgem:  Ofgem proposes lower payments for embedded generators to reduce costs for consumers ~ Ofgem:  Energy complaints fall by a third in 2016)

ESRC:  3D printing is shaping new business models – (ESRC:  UK aid & research funding is helping to transform lives in Bangladesh, MPs told)

Wales Audit Office commitment to diversity & equality receives external recognition

STFC:  Stars regularly ripped apart by black holes in colliding galaxies – (STFC:  Ultra-fast black hole winds run hot and cold ~ STFC:  PPRP meeting - 21 April 2017)

NCFE:  Time to protect learners from the FE loan scandal

Met Office:  Mild February marks the end of a dry winter

Homeless Link:  Inquiry into Universal Credit

TUC head to warn European politicians of threat to EU workers if Brexit allows undercutting – (TUC warns Trade Secretary to protect workers and the NHS from a bad trade deal with Trump ~ TUC: UK near the bottom of the global rankings for real wage growth ~ TUC backs MPs’ call for joint decision-making framework on industrial strategy ~ TUC: Women work for free for a fifth of the year ~ TUC: Government decision on NEST and pension products will leave pensioners at risk from scams ~ TUC sounds alarm over pension poverty for part-time workers)

FDA:  Suspending open & fair competition in recruiting civil servants for Brexit is 'a worrying development'

Unite’s new ‘strategic case unit’ set to defend landmark trade union law appeal

Unicef:  A deadly journey for children: The migration route from North Africa to Europe

WWF responds to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee's report The Price Of Power: Reforming The Electricity Market – (WWF reflects on the National Audit Office Review of the Thames Tideway Tunnel ~ WWF responds to the SMMT report on C02 emissions from vehicles ~ WWF calls on the UK Government to publish the 25 Year Environment Plan without further delay)

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