General News (Archive)

Defence Secretary announces £120m investment in UK air power – (MoD:  Royal Navy & Royal Marines train alongside partner naval forces ~ MoD:  UK extends training of Ukrainian Armed Forces ~ MoD launches Defence People Mental Health & Wellbeing Strategy ~ DPMH&W strategy ~ Defence Secretary reveals name of first Type 26 as manufacture begins)

DfT:  Main civil engineering works contracts for Stage 1 of HS2 Phase One

Defra:  Lord Gardiner visits the Carnaby Street pollinator paradise

DCMS:  Better deal for consumers in the digital age, including Mandatory age verification to view online pornography, a crackdown on ticket bots, and new subtitling requirements for video on demand services

ScotGov:  Aberdeen harbour expansion – (ScotGov:  Road works consultation gets underway

WAG announce extra rolling stock to improve rail services

OSSW:  HMRC’s Welsh language customer services team to remain in Porthmadog

LGA:  Cold water shock dangers need including in swimming & classroom lessons, say councils – (LGA Unveils Housing Advisers Programme ~ LGA:  Response to family & childcare trust survey on holiday childcare costs ~ LGA responds to Which? report on product safety & recall system ~ LGA calls for ‘urgent & immediate’ building regulation review)

Citizens Advice and LGA launch council tax collection protocol to improve council tax collection

Food Standards Agency:  Food allergic consumers more confident about eating out

Fines issued by Electoral Commission for breaches of spending return rules – (Record electorate at 2017 UK general election, but further modernisation of the registration system urgently needed)

Ofcom:  Helping people to shop around and secure the right deal

Ofgem statement on consumer summit for vulnerable customers – (Ofgem:  British Gas pays £1.1m to compensate customers after agents missed appointments)

Action Fraud:  Why these fake WhatsApp emails and texts will catch people out

STFC:  Recipe for success – the next steps for MIRI

ESRC:  Dehyping robotics – (The environment is central to achieving the UN Global Goals, the first joint Rockefeller Foundation-NERC-ESRC report finds ~ ESRC:  Pre-call announcement: UK-India AMR Initiative ~ ESRC:  UK Research & Innovation launches interim website ~ ESRC:  2-year extension of What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth ~ ESRC:  Dementia prevention: researchers identify 9 health & lifestyle factors)

HEFCE to run pilots of Teaching Excellence Framework assessments at subject level

National Archives:  See Jane Austen’s original will – (NA:  Newly Accredited Archive Services ~ NA:  Files released - FCO and Cabinet Office)

ACE:  London's National Portfolio 2018-22 – (ACE:  2018-22 National Portfolio - great art & culture in the East and South East ~ ACE:  New reports demonstrate libraries’ impact on communities)

NCFE:  Making room for additional subjects in school – (NCFE:  Strength against all odds ~ NCFE:  One fifth or 20%? Off-the-job training for apprentices ~ NCFE:  Keeping it brief)

Met Office:  Do cows really lie down when it’s about to rain?

TfL makes it easier to top up Oyster cards while on the go – (TfL:  Three decades of DLR)

FDA:  Senior Civil Service pay review will only succeed if ministers ditch 1% cap, says FDA

TUC: Banning prison officers from striking will not fix the crisis in our prisons – (TUC says the financial sector isn’t delivering for working people ~ TUC: Pension age hike risks creating second-class citizens ~ TUC hits out at increase of apprentices paid below the minimum wage)

RoSPA welcomes new falls prevention resource pack

Unicef:  Children increasingly targeted in Central African Republic violence – (Unicef:  Statement on Dubs Unaccompanied Children Transfer Scheme)

WWF:  Survey reveals rise in support for climate action in Wales)

Re-writing the book Leading from the front – building transformational leadership