General News (Archive)

New Defence Secretary recognises Scots defence role – (MoD:  British Army combat the illegal trade in wildlife by partnering with African parks and the Malawian Department of National Parks & Wildlife ~ MoD:  UK and France increase security cooperation in the Channel ~ MoD:  Do you receive an Armed Forces Pension? ~ MoD:  Military Aviation Authorities (MAA) certification of the P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol aircraft ~ Ministry of Defence awards celebrate commitment to the environment ~ MoD:  Mystery of 2 unknown British soldiers finally solved ~ Defence Secretary announces £250M investment in new homes for service families ~ MoD:  MSPs discover more about life in the naval service)

PX:  Beware excessive “declinism” – we’re putting more money into UK defence but American warnings must also be heeded)

LGA:  Devolve Industrial Strategy powers and funding or risk leaving areas to fail, say councils – (LGA responds to Autumn Budget 2017 ~ LGA:  Budget 2017: councils react to no extra children's services funding ~ Budget 2017: LGA responds to housing measures ~ LGA responds to Universal Credit announcement ~ Budget 2017: LGA responds to devolution deals ~ Budget 2017: LGA responds to cultural development fund announcement ~ LGA responds to greener transport measures ~ LGA responds to changes to broadband speed advertising guidance)

ScotGov:  Web archive launched

Electoral Commission statement regarding Vote Leave Limited, Mr Darren Grimes & Veterans for Britain Limited – (Electoral Commission:  Transparency of political finance in Northern Ireland)

Environment Agency staff win National Lifesaver Award – (EA:  Youngsters help give fishery a boost)

Joint letter from Anne Longfield and UK Children’s Commissioners to the Chancellor calling for Universal Credit roll-out to be paused for children & families

STFC:  MIRI on the right tracks at NASA Johnson – (STFC:  Titan's unique chemistry causes strange atmospheric behaviour)

ESRC:  Reading improves teenagers' vocab, whatever their background, say researchers

HEFCE:  Funding bodies confirm shape of REF 2021

EHRC:  Budget 2017 a missed opportunity to help the most disadvantaged in society

Ofgem launches investigation into annual statements for SSE prepayment customers – (Ofgem closes case into SSE’s practices around switching customers to prepayment meters ~ Ofgem:  E to pay £260,000 for sales & marketing failures ~ Ofgem:  New developments result in a fresh approach to securing Shetland electricity supply)

Ofwat:  Utilities ripe for revolution, says Ofwat’s Chief Executive

CCW:  What does ‘value’ mean to consumers? – ( CCW:  Industry challenged to protect more homes from sewer flooding)

National Archives:  Call for papers - Fragmentary Lives – (NA:  Newly Accredited Archive Services)

TfL:  New entrance opens as Bond Street station upgrade is complete – (TfL:  GLA - Night Overground to launch Friday 15 December ~ TfL:  Hello London switches on new digital media channel across the LU network ~ TfL:  Record hires for the new Santander Cycles ~ TfL:  Benefits of TfL fares freeze confirmed as new business plan sees record investment in transport)

CIPD:  The new University Challenge - Justify top fees as only half of graduates get graduate-level jobs

EHRC:  Poorest hit hardest by tax, social security and public spending reforms

TUC: Average worker now spends 27 working days a year commuting – (TUC: National Retraining Scheme must protect workers through Brexit and fourth industrial revolution ~ TUC budget submission: Invest in Britain’s future by upgrading the economy and boosting pay ~ TUC backs call to end “unfair” Swedish Derogation ~ TUC: 135,000 apprentices cheated out of minimum wage)

Unicef:  Despite progress, 180m children face bleaker prospects than their parents

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