General News (Archive)

MoD:  UK and France launch rapid deployment exercise – (MoD:  AJAX successfully completes major live firing milestone ~ Royal Navy takes command of Maritime Security Force ~ First boat to support UK’s fleet takes to the water in Portsmouth ~ Work starts on 322 new army family homes at Tidworth ~ UK & Lebanon discuss tackling Daesh threat ~ 5.000 years of history unearthed at site for new army homes ~ MoD:  HMS Mersey in £12m Caribbean drugs bust)

DfT:  Lydd Airport made permanent home of Search & Rescue helicopters in the south-east

DfE:  New schools commissioner for South West England – (DfE:  Register to buy tablet devices for your school ~ DfE:  Awards launched for schools best at instilling character)

HEFCE to manage new Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund

Ofqual:  Calculators consultation: decisions & summary of responses – (Ofqual:  Presentation from Westminster Employment Forum ~ Ofqual - CIE IGCSE® First Language English: Summer 2015)

Ofsted:  ‘Shocking fall’ in GCSE performance for pupils on free school meals in Reading – (Ofsted:  Inspection of Walsall school improvement support ~ Ofsted:  Sir Michael Wilshaw's speech to the Fair Education Alliance)

SOCITM:  Council websites get A* for secondary schools applications test

Ofgem: Changes to our Retail Market Review reforms

techUK:  Ofcom Publishes Spectrum Sharing Framework and CFI on Enhanced Spectrum Sharing

Electoral Commission:  Media Statement - The official EU referendum campaign period opens

Environment Agency:  Third Energy is granted fracking permits for a site in North Yorkshire – (EA:  Public drop-in session on proposed changes to Powick weir ~ EA offers public the chance to help tackle flood risk in Devon and Cornwall ~ EA:  Fishing without rod licence costs anglers nearly £1,000 ~ EA:  Slowing the Flow scheme helped avoid Christmas flooding ~ EA:  Waste firm ordered to pay more than £1.2m for waste offences ~ EA investigation underway into dumped chemicals ~ EA:  National crack down on rogue traders and waste criminals ~ EA:  2 Surrey boaters fined for avoiding registration fees on River Thames)

LGA:  Next phase of One Public Estate initiative launched – (LGA:  Councils respond to 2015 death figures ~ LGA Responds to Fostering Network Report)

National Archives:  Contemporary art exhibition Changing the Landscape opens at The National Archives

Wales Audit Office:  Auditor General consults on new audit approach

ACE:  New £15m funds open to increase diversity of England's arts & culture

TfL:  Actimel in Tube station sponsorship – (TfL:  Get set & plan ahead for the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon ~ TfL:  Plan ahead to keep London running ~ Filming & photography on TfL ~ TfL publishes new parking map & improves parking facilities for coaches ~ TfL:  More than 2,000 new developers sign up for TfL’s open data in last 6 months)

Met Office:  Climate science project to understand role of the Amazon

Food Standards Agency:  Science report on exciting developments in whole-genome sequencing published – (FSA:  'Jackpot Mix' brand of Mix of Pretzels, Sticks & Salted Biscuits recalled ~ FSA:  Glen Turner extends its recall of rum products produced for Asda & Aldi as they may contain small fragments of glass)

Unicef statement from Ms Leila Zerrougui and Dr Peter Salama – (Unicef and WFP respond to needs of drought-affected people in Somaliland and Puntland ~ Unicef:  Nigeria Regional Conflict: - 10-fold increase in number of children used in ‘suicide’ attacks)

WWF:  Tuna industry calls for 20% cut in Yellowfin catch to prevent stock collapsing

MMO:  Looks fishy? Don’t risk it! Campaign targets Illegal sale of fish

TUC: Young women with vocational qualifications earn 15% less than men – (TUC: BAME workers with degrees two & half times more likely to be unemployed)

Unite: Calls for transparency as reports of ambulance trusts’ merger in Midlands increase

Webinar: How local authorities can achieve millions in efficiency savings from location data