Policy Statements and Initiatives (Archive)

FCO Minister concerned at human rights violations reported by UN Commission of Inquiry in Syria – (FCO Minister urges South Sudan leaders to reach peace agreement ~ UK Antarctic Enforcement Policy & Procedures ~ UK Minister calls for immediate release of PM Bahah ~ UK & Brazil commit to closer working in 2015 ~ Six Monthly Report to Parliament on Hong Kong: July-December 2014 ~ Minister for the Armed Forces talks civil-military relations ~ FCO welcomes US decision to refer British national death sentence for further consideration) ~ PC&PE:  Protect FCO's budget or reduce Britain's global diplomacy


DFID:  £15m British boost for humanitarian efforts in Ukraine – (Research is helping to improve agriculture, education, medicine & technology across the developing world ~ UK support to Ethiopia ~ Scottish charities are encouraged to apply for funding from the Department for International Development ~ UK-funded NHS surgeons have been treating war-wounded patients in Gaza since the ceasefire was agreed)


10DS:  PM launches next phase of Britain’s fight against dementia - new, long-term strategy focused on boosting research, improving care and raising public awareness about dementia ~ PM recognises the rise & success of modern China and the UK-China trading relationship at a reception for Chinese New Year)


CO:  Government funds NUS competition to get students to #RegistertoVote – (CO:  Joint open data initiative "game changer" for social enterprise industry ~ CO:  Cyber security ‘myths’ putting a third of SME revenue at risk ~ NCA:  Return to News Warning over computer attack as NCA leads operation to take down servers - malware known to have infected tens of thousands of computers in the UK)


HMT:  Jobs, transport, housing & culture are at the heart of 6 point long term economic plan for London – (Plans to help deliver over 400,000 homes for London set out by Chancellor ~ HMT:  Government looks to promote a sustainable future for community finance)


CLG:  Minister proposes new measures to speed up the planning system & provide new homes more quickly – (Clamping down on taxpayers’ money being used to hire lobbyists ~ CLG:  More than 15,500 jobs created across enterprise zones ~ New construction industry action plan to make buildings & public spaces more inclusive ~ £22m funding to support communities looking to set up neighbourhood plans)


ScotGov:  Publication of a series of reports into sectarianism & the impacts of marches & parades in Scotland – (Progress on planning performance ~ A scheme to get rid of illegal pesticides which could be used to poison wildlife has been launched ~ Proposals for a North Sea investment allowance ~ A masters qualification for headship will be introduced this year and become mandatory for all new headteachers from 2018/19 ~ Comment on Discretionary Housing Payments - councils made 101,000 awards with a total value of over £46m ~ Lone parents in work, paid at a living wage ~ Public infrastructure projects to hit £1.5bn this year ~ Council tax freeze agreed for the eighth year in a row ~ 1,000 job opportunities for young people will be created as part of a £6.1m investment ~ Eat local - launch of the Scottish Government’s Food Provenance ‘Happier Mealtimes’ campaign ~ Early learning & childcare funding to double ~ Funding to Help the World’s Poorest)


WAG:  £5m to regenerate Welsh town centres across Wales – (New law to strengthen the regulation & inspection of social care in Wales unveiled ~ New prison in Wrexham to be run by HMPS ~ Vaughan Gething sets out ambition for a dementia-friendly Wales ~ New panel begins work to drive forward public service reform agenda ~ Extension of Help to Buy – Wales shared equity scheme ~ Minister says fire statistics show there is no room for complacency ~ WAG:  £14m package to support implementation of major changes to Wales’ social services)


WO:  Additional powers for Wales - what happens next? - The UK Government has published the St David's Day agreement which provides a blueprint to create a more stable, clearer & long lasting Welsh devolution settlement – (WO:  Alun Cairns issues rallying call to Welsh speakers to ‘take individual responsibility’ for the language)


DfT:  Challenging violence against women & girls on UK transport – (DfT:  £43m for infrastructure & research and development plug-in vehicle funding)


BIS:  Government names & shames largest ever number of National Minimum Wage offenders – (Launch of 800th project bringing communities together ~ Recycling up and costs down under new regime ~ BIS:  Skills funding letter - Sets out the funding priorities and available budget for the further education (FE) and skills sector for the 2015 to 2016 financial year)


DfE:  Second phase of pioneering Shanghai maths teacher exchange begins – (New scheme to boost middle management in challenging schools ~ Assessment without levels commission to help improve primary school assessment & testing ~ DfE:  Minister aims for new culture of social investment in childcare)


Home Secretary announces launch of Joint Money Laundering Intelligence Taskforce


Defra:  Long term economic plan for food & farming announced - 4 key areas – (New government award recognises the rising stars of Britain’s food & drink industry ~ £14m now available to farmers for water & woodlands - The first grants  under the new Rural Development Programme for England)
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