General News (Archive)

MoD:  Defence Secretary announces UK support to peacekeeping mission – (MoD:  UK maritime personnel to take part in winter training exercise ~ Development underway for troops returning from Germany ~ French military officers addressed by senior UK politicians and military generals)

DCMS:  3 French War Memorials are listed to mark Battle of Verdun Centenary

ScotGov:  Supporting the Armed Forces community

10DS:  Suffragan Bishop of Repton: Janet Elizabeth McFarlane

DWP:  90% of jobcentres now offer Universal Credit

DfE:  Proportion of young people in England NEET plunges to record low

DfT:  Crossrail to become the Elizabeth line in honour of Her Majesty the Queen – (DfT:  Trains, planes, buses & brains ~ DfT:  UK Transport Minister Robert Goodwill pays tribute to Northern Ireland’s water rescue services)

New Executive Chair & CEO appointed to lead HM Revenue & Customs

ScotGov:  Celebrating colleges – (ScotGov:  Decrease In Scottish Electorate ~ ScotGov:  Attainment fund doubled for next three years ~ ScotGov:  Dundee secures £63m funding ~ ScotGov:  Clyde Commuters GoSmart with McGill’s)

IPPR:  Budget cuts a 'down payment' on significant spending challenge coming to Scotland by 2020

WAG:  £1.4m Beaumaris flood defence scheme officially opened

Wales Office:  Lord Bourne calls on people across UK to choose Wales as holiday destination

LGA responds to CCTV spending report – (LGA responds to new report on air pollution ~ LGA:  Households urged to look out for vulnerable during cold snap ~ LGA:  Response to UNISON rejection of council employees' pay offer ~ LGA responds to Sunday trading survey by association of convenience stores)

LGA responds to government report on rough sleepers ~ HL:  Homelessness services face uncertain future as rough sleeping figures double

Environment Agency:  Raid at Forest of Dean waste site – (EA:  Revitalising natural landscapes can reduce flood risk)

BBC Trust: Publication of the Dame Janet Smith review

RPA: BPS 2016 online applications can start from first week in March

TfL:  new freight facility to cut congestion and improve road safety around the shard – (TfL:  ‘Report it to stop it’ increases public confidence to report unwanted sexual behaviour)

Ofcom:  Making digital communications work for everyone

Ofsted:  Chief Inspector calls for education to be central to Manchester and Liverpool’s strategies for growth – (Ofsted:  HMCI's monthly commentary: February 2016)

Ofgem:  More consumers are shopping around with over 6m energy switches in 2015, says Ofgem

FSA:  Using science to deliver food we can trust – (FSA launches consultation on eggs report ~ FSA and AHDB join forces to help meat industry deliver better health & animal welfare)

PC&PE:  High Speed Rail Committee publishes final report – (PC&PE:  Short-sighted Government housing policy will not meet objectives)

ESRC:  Electoral Commission statement on the Government’s proposed date for the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union)

Unicef:  Cyclone Winston, Fiji - update & media materials ~ Unicef Pacific urgently responding to Government appeal and needs of children after worst ever Cyclone Winston in Fiji – (Unicef:  With growing numbers of child deaths at sea, UN agencies call for enhancing safety for refugees & migrants)

Arts Council England launches survey into visual artists' livelihoods

TUC: For every £1 spent on trade union facility time taxpayers get at least £2.31 back in savings – (TUC: Childcare bills are ‘huge strain’ on working families ~ TUC report outlines the workers’ rights at risk from Brexit)

TUC: Workers in the UK put in £31.5bn of unpaid overtime a year ~ Work Foundation:  2017: The year Dolly Parton will finally be proved wrong as working 9am-5pm no longer ‘the way to make a living’

CEFAS:  Scientists decipher El Niño role in spread of waterborne diseases

National Archives:  Advisory Council seeks new members

WWF:  Chancellor must address £bn costs of neglecting the environment

RoSPA:  Call for £2m Scotland-wide childhood accident prevention programme

Active Wellbeing 2023 is running from 1-28 February