General News (Archive)

MoD:  Banks offer better deal on mortgages for Armed Forces personnel – (Defence Minister Mark Lancaster announces release of MOD sites for development ~ Defence Secretary announces more support to Ukraine Armed Forces ~ MoD:  UK and Poland discuss closer co-operation ~ Defence Secretary reaffirms nuclear deterrent commitment ~ Minister for Armed Forces visits future Army leaders)

NHS England:  Focus on transgender equality highlights poor experience of trans people in daily lives – (NHS England:  Security guard with ‘heart of an 84-year-old’ gives up the takeaways to avoid Type 2 Diabetes ~ New campaign can lure young people to NHS)

CQC:  Dame Eileen Sills sets out her priorities for her first months as National Guardian

Monitor:  Financial performance and quality must work together – (Monitor to investigate A&E at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)

NHS Confed responds to the Secretary of State for Health's announcement around the transformation fund – (NHS Confed:  EU data protection ruling ~ NHS Confed:  NHS secures tighter EU rules to keep unsafe doctors and nurses away ~ NHS Confed:  Collective Political Leadership required to deliver change of this scale)

Welsh NHS Confed comments on emergency services

DH:  Local hypertension profiles launched

Patients Association: NHS targets missed across a number of services during November – (Patients Association:  CQC to investigate Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust)

ScotGov:  Chief Medical Officer’s Annual Report – (Scots pupils get fit to help children around the world)

WAG:  Proton Partners begins work at UK’s first Proton Beam Therapy Centre – (WAG:  New 3-year plan to improve mental health services in Wales ~ Cancer survival rates in Wales continue to improve ~ WAG:  £2.5m to tackle delayed transfers from Welsh hospitals ~ Minister cuts the turf for new Newport hospice)

NIA:  Committee raises concerns over Health Trusts' finances

AS: Shocking variation of hospital care for people with dementia exposed

DWP:  You can now claim Universal Credit at 80% of all jobcentres

DfT:  Government announces £5.5m to repair Calderdale bridge – (Rail Minister Claire Perry celebrates contribution of women to Crossrail)

DCMS:  Rare £1.2m ebony cabinets at risk of export from UK

CLG:  Get behind Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations

ScotGov:  Scottish education on the world stage – (Dundee Waterfront ~ ScotGov:  The Open brings £140m benefit to Scotland ~ ScotGov:  Wild salmon conservation ~ ScotGov:  Poverty advisor report published ~ ScotGov:  Joint Exchequer Committee)

WAG:  Blaenau Gwent speeding ahead with more than 95% superfast broadband coverage

Wales Office:  Infinite opportunities for Wales as a host of major sports events

LGA:  Academies should also expand to meet demand for school places – (LGA:  Households urged by councils to show extra vigilance as big freeze bites ~ LGA responds to AA survey about residential parking spots ~ LGA responds to OFSTED chief's ambitions for English education ~ LGA responds to Education Select Committee report on the role of Regional Schools Commissioners ~ PC&PE:  RSCs -  Role should be clarified and accountability improved say MPs ~ LGA:  Councils are using state-of-the-art technology to help tackle the big chill ~ LGA responds to TPA report on compensation paid by councils ~ LGA responds to education secretary's comments on schools helping to combat radicalisation)

Ofsted:  Ambitions for education: Sir Michael Wilshaw

Innovate UK:  Improving schools' financial health - apply for business funding

Natural England:  Bringing life back to The Broads

TfL:  Celebrating a decade of innovation – (TfL:  Cutting congestion on the capital's roads ~ TfL:  LU calls for tenders for design & build of new tube for London ~ TfL:  Get active and fundraise for sport relief ~
Santander cycles expands to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park ~ Happy Birthday poems on the underground!)

CCC: Infographic - Future flood risk in the UK

ACE:  New research finds arts & culture helps combat loneliness among old people – (ACE:  Over £3m awarded to tour great art across England ~ ACE:  New Ambition for Excellence recipients announced)

SOCITM:  Website performance data 2015 released for all UK councils

BCS:  CAS Network of Teaching Excellence doubles its reach

Natural England:  'Blue Belt' extended to protect 8,000 square miles of UK waters – (NE:  Nature Improvement Areas: Thousands more hectares for our wildlife)

WWF: 6 top tips for a diet that’s healthy for you and the planet

Unicef and WHO appeal for the lifting of siege on communities in Syria – (Winter: Unicef Expresses Concern Over the Health of Children on the Move)

STFC-supported scientists awarded for geophysics and astronomy work

CIPD welcomes Government announcement on mentoring support for young people

Electoral Commission concludes two party finance cases – (Electoral Commission releases UK Parliamentary General Election campaign expenditure returns of more than £250,000)

RoSPA:  New Northern Ireland law to improve standards for young drivers welcomed – (RoSPA:  Website charts how the UK is one of the safest places to work & live)

TUC: The government has failed to make the case for higher strike thresholds – (Real wages still worth £2,270 less than in 2008, according to new TUC analysis)

MI5 named employer of the year by Stonewall

National Archives:  Help us develop services for academics & researchers

Food Standards Agency:  Views wanted on D-ribose by 1 February 2016

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