General News (Archive)

MoD:  Update: air strikes in Iraq – (MoD:  The women of the Second World War ~ Latest update: air strikes in Iraq ~ MoD:  Funding announced for veterans to attend VE Day 70 Commemorations ~ MoD:  Gallipoli 100 and Anzac Day ~ UK confirms military contribution to the Mediterranean)

DCMS:  Star-studded concert announced to celebrate anniversary of VE Day

Cabinet Office:  Voter registration deadline passes

DH:  2015 Clinical Excellence Awards round opens

NHS England:  Paving the way for citizens to have their say – (NHS England:  Caring for elderly patients with dementia is not just for specialists)

CQC:  CIH publishes report on the quality of care provided by Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, rating - ‘Good’ – (CQC fines St Helens care home ~ CQC inspectors publish reports on 22 adult social care services in the London ~ CQC inspectors publish reports on 34 adult social care services in the South ~ CQC inspectors publish reports on 38 adult social care services in the North of England ~ CQC inspectors publish reports on 33 adult social care services in the Central region ~ CQC takes action to protect residents of Angela Court ~ CQC: 
CIH asks people to tell him about the care provided by Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Addenbrooke's Hospital)
~ CQC inspectors publish more reports on dental practices ~ CQC inspectors rate Holsworthy Doctors, Devon, as Outstanding ~ CQC inspectors publish reports on 65 adult social care services in the south of England ~ CQC inspectors publish reports on 47 adult social care services in the North of England ~ CQC inspectors publish reports on 48 adult social care services in the Central region ~ CQC inspectors publish reports on 31 adult social care services in London)

Monitor:  Investigation launched into financial challenges at Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust – (Monitor:  Hospital in Swindon will take action to improve its finances)

NIA:  Committee Event Focuses on Boosting Economy

RPA:  It’s time to apply for 2015 Basic Payment Scheme

ScotGov:  Farmers pay day – (ScotGov:  Making the most of town centres ~ ScotGov:  In the bag ~ ScotGov:  Farm payment flexibility ~  Cream of the crop ~ ScotGov:  Learning to improve ~ Breast cancer screening call ~ Tackling fuel poverty ~ ScotGov:  Scotland and Norway)

WAG:  Business rate relief for Welsh retailers extended & increased – (WAG:  Events to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE Day in Wales announced ~ Continued fall in young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs) in Wales ~ New Chief Fire & Rescue Advisor for Wales announced ~ WAG:  E-cigarette use more common among under 15s than tobacco, research finds ~ Health Minister approves £3m funding for new Newport hospice ~ RPW Online working well with one month to go until SAF deadline ~ Minister praises councils for joint venture ~ WAG:  Grant for Gwynedd Council to work with Fairbourne community ~ WAG:   Blaenau Ffestinog’s Caban Bach improving family life ~ £2.7m for Welsh museums, archives & libraries ~ A good food hygiene rating is good for business and public health ~ £250,000 for Welsh Language Technology Projects ~ WAG:  Health courier services transferred from ambulance trust)

CMA receives super-complaint from Which?

NHS Confederation responds to party political manifestos

techUK:  Research Highlights Increased Consumer Mobile Engagement – (techUK:  Big Data & Analytics - Programme Update Monthly roundup of news and events ~ techUK:  BBC CTO confirms shift towards internet centric broadcasting ~ techUK to launch new Cloud & Mobile Services newsletter ~ techUK:  DAB gathers pace as first European country announces switchover ~ techUK:  Ofcom publishes update on spectrum above 6 GHz to help lay 5G foundations ~ UK 8th in WEF Global Information Technology Report 2015 ~ techUK:  Elected member vacancies for the techUK Main Board – Deadline Thursday 7 May)

techUK welcomes Lib Dems £250m ‘Transformation Fund’ for tech -  (Liberal Democrat commit to 24 hour energy switching ~ techUK:  Liberal Democrats propose UK Digital Rights Bill ~ techUK:  Lib Dem Manifesto commits to secure global leadership in technology ~ techUK response to Labour Manifesto ~ Conservative Manifesto pledges to make Britain the technology centre of Europe ~ techUK briefing - how tech features in political party manifestos)

ACE:  Summary of party manifestos: what they mean for arts, culture & creativity – (ACE:  Local artist encourages climate change debate ~ Somerset arts organisation heads to Africa and America)

IFS:  Conservatives' proposed cut to Inheritance Tax on main homes – (IFS:  Education spending: what are the parties planning to protect? ~ IFS:  Full fiscal autonomy delayed? The SNP's plans for further devolution to Scotland)

ASI:  Conservative Manifesto a mixed bag for workers (minimum wage, housing & childcare) – (ASI:  UKIP’s crackdown on unskilled immigrants goes against all economic sense)

IEA:  Ending austerity & increasing spending is foolish – (IEA:  Labour manifesto lacks seriousness on deficit reduction ~ IEA:  Focus on the economy, not planning our lives ~ IEA:  The Green Party is unrealistic when it comes to the deficit ~ IEA:  UKIP need to be bolder on spending restraint ~ IEA:  Lib Dems lack the courage to control government spending ~ IEA :  We may have to charge for internships ~ IEA - UK economy riddled with damaging price controls)

NLGN:  Statement on Conservative right to buy changes

Kings Fund:  Our response to the Labour Party’s election manifesto – (KF response to the Conservative Party’s election manifesto ~ NHS enters 2015/16 facing biggest challenges in recent history, warns The King’s Fund)

DEMOS - Here's a guide to using the new Electech

Met Office:  What’s in store for the summer?

CIPD:  Corporate volunteering benefits businesses, employees and the wider community

Unicef:  800,000 children forced to flee violence in Nigeria & region – (New Unicef consignment of essential supplies arrives in war-torn Yemen ~ Unicef:  Helping keep classrooms safe as schools re-open in Sierra Leone ~ Despite huge challenges in access Unicef delivers much needed supplies to North Eastern Syria ~ New fund targets $bns for children’s nutrition ~ Unicef working with Vanuatu Government to support national birth registration campaign ~ Unicef Pays Tribute to Colleagues Killed & Injured in Somalia Attack ~ UNICEF - Step up action before more tragedies unfold in the Mediterranean ~ Statement by Anthony Lake, Unicef Executive Director, on attack in Garowe, Somalia ~ Singer-Songwriter Passenger Releases New Album With All Profits Supporting Unicef ~ Nearly 8m children in Sudan to be immunized against measles following deadly outbreak)

BCS:  Is your IT innovation worthy of an award? – (BCS:  Digital National Framework to be Incorporated in Open Address Initiative ~ BCS:  Professor Ross Anderson named as BCS Lovelace Medal Winner 2015 ~ Professor Niloy J. Mitra announced as winner of BCS Roger Needham Award 2015)

Socitm partners with Knowledge Hub to boost digital collaboration between members

FSA:  Lidl UK recalls its Deluxe Mature Cheddar with Pickled Onions & Chives – (FSA:  Co-operative Loved by Us Tandoori Chicken Slices recalled ~ FSA:  Recall of Galaxy Cookie Crumble chocolate bars that possibly contain a small piece of white plastic ~ AMKO Foods recalls Pork Dripping with Jelly ~ The Hut Group Ltd withdraws a batch of Myprotein Salt & Vinegar Protein Puffs multipacks ~ The Wine Society recalls Ottoventi Punto 8 2013)

LGA signs up to Plotr to help promote local government careers

AAIB website launched on GOV.UK

MMO:  Irish fishing vessel Skipper DA59 fined £7,324

RAIB:  Container blown off a freight train in Lincolnshire

Certification Officer: amendments to the lists

Ofqual signs national reference tests contract

ACE:  Summary of party manifestos: what they mean for arts, culture and creativity – (ACE:  Local artist encourages climate change debate)

TfL:  Five things to do for free this spring – (TfL:  Countdown to the Night Tube in pictures ~ Explore the ends of the DLR ~ CBI - TfL Chief Operating Officer outlines road investment in the capital ~  Hammersmith Flyover carriageway resurfacing completed early ~ TfL:  Contactless: your questions answered)

TUC publishes new guide to epilepsy in the workplace – (TUC calls on companies to pay-up by second Rana Plaza anniversary)

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