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Department of Health and Social Care news
Consultation launched on staff COVID-19 vaccines in care homes with older adult residents
Department of Health and Social Care
Wednesday 14 April 2021 @ 16:05

Staff in care homes with older adult residents in England may be required to have a COVID-19 vaccine to protect residents from the virus.

Department of Health and Social Care | Official News Release
Consultation launched on staff COVID-19 vaccines in care homes with older adult residents
Parliamentary Committees and Public Enquiries news
Committee investigates long-term impact of pandemic on parents and families
Parliamentary Committees and Public Enquiries
Wednesday 14 April 2021 @ 15:25

The COVID-19 Committee hears the concerns of charities who have been supporting families through the pandemic.

Parliamentary Committees and Public Enquiries | Official News Release
Committee investigates long-term impact of pandemic on parents and families
Sport England news
Update on the joint review of racial inequality in sport
Sport England
Wednesday 14 April 2021 @ 15:15

The two main aspects of the review have now been completed and a report will be published next month

Sport England | Official News Release
Update on the joint review of racial inequality in sport
RUSI news
ACAMS - RUSI Launch Results of Digital ID Survey
RUSI
Wednesday 14 April 2021 @ 15:05

Digital ID Seen as Key to Global Compliance Efforts, Though Legal and Technical Hurdles Remain for Broader Adoption: ACAMS-RUSI Survey

RUSI | Official News Release
ACAMS - RUSI Launch Results of Digital ID Survey
WiredGov Newswire (news from other organisations) news
RoSPA and NEBOSH sign MoU to enhance safety at work and beyond
WiredGov Newswire (news from other organisations)
Wednesday 14 April 2021 @ 14:25

RoSPA and NEBOSH have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to further their close, long-established working relationship.

WiredGov Newswire (news from other organisations) | Official News Release
RoSPA and NEBOSH sign MoU to enhance safety at work and beyond
techUK news
Guest blog: Fresh thinking needed on the National Data Strategy
techUK
Wednesday 14 April 2021 @ 14:15

Guest blog from Peter Dutton, Head of Public Sector, UKI at Elastic

techUK | Official News Release
Guest blog: Fresh thinking needed on the National Data Strategy
Think Tanks news
Adam Smith Inst - 1000 Statutory Instruments Last Year Wrapped Britain in Red Tape
Think Tanks
Wednesday 14 April 2021 @ 14:05

The rule of law and Britain’s economic prosperity is being undermined by excessive legislating and regulating, a new report from the free market think tank the Adam Smith Institute claims.

Think Tanks | Official News Release
Adam Smith Inst - 1000 Statutory Instruments Last Year Wrapped Britain in Red Tape
Financial Conduct Authority news
Financial Stability Board publishes Peer Review of UK remuneration regime
Financial Conduct Authority
Wednesday 14 April 2021 @ 13:25

We have published a joint statement with the PRA welcoming the Financial Stability Board’s (FSB) Peer Review of the UK’s remuneration regime.

Financial Conduct Authority | Official News Release
Financial Stability Board publishes Peer Review of UK remuneration regime
Welsh Government news
People in Wales who cannot work from home encouraged to use lateral flow self-tests
Welsh Government
Wednesday 14 April 2021 @ 13:15

All those who cannot work from home are being encouraged to access lateral flow self-test kits as they are rolled out across Wales.

Welsh Government | Official News Release
People in Wales who cannot work from home encouraged to use lateral flow self-tests
Homeless Link news
Shaping the Future Together: Homeless Link’s strategy to end homelessness
Homeless Link
Wednesday 14 April 2021 @ 13:05

Yesterday, Homeless Link launched our new strategic plan for 2021 – 2024, which puts our members at its heart, as it aims to end homelessness for good by ensuring everyone has a place to call home and the support they need to keep it.

Homeless Link | Official News Release
Shaping the Future Together: Homeless Link’s strategy to end homelessness
Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) news
National Qualifications 2021 Group update: Alternative Certification Model Stage 2
Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)
Wednesday 14 April 2021 @ 12:25

The post-Easter term will be a busy and challenging one for everyone as we move into stage two of the alternative certification model and look to gather learner evidence in the classroom environment as fairly and robustly as possible. Many learners, parents and carers will have questions and will be looking for guidance and support.

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) | Official News Release
National Qualifications 2021 Group update: Alternative Certification Model Stage 2
Electoral Commission news
More than one million postal voters registered in Scotland
Electoral Commission
Wednesday 14 April 2021 @ 12:15

With the postal vote application deadline now passed in Scotland, provisional figures from Scotland’s Electoral Registration Officers show that 1,010,638 voters are now registered to vote by post at the Scottish Parliament election on 6 May. This accounts for nearly one quarter of the electorate (23.8%) and is the highest number ever registered for a postal vote in Scotland.

Electoral Commission | Official News Release
More than one million postal voters registered in Scotland
WiredGov Newswire (news from other organisations) news
Audit Wales - Welsh Government and NHS Shared Services responded well in challenging circumstances to source Personal Protective Equipment
WiredGov Newswire (news from other organisations)
Wednesday 14 April 2021 @ 12:05

Working collaboratively, NHS Shared Services and other public services overcame early challenges to provide health and care bodies with the required PPE without running out of stock at a national level.

WiredGov Newswire (news from other organisations) | Official News Release
Audit Wales - Welsh Government and NHS Shared Services responded well in challenging circumstances to source Personal Protective Equipment
NCFE news
Extend pupil premium and offer full year of education recovery to support student catch-up
NCFE
Wednesday 14 April 2021 @ 11:25

Association of Colleges has published results from a survey of colleges, revealing the extent of damage to students’ education during the pandemic. A staggering three quarters (77%) of 16 to 18-year olds are performing below normal expectations, between one and four months behind, with a similar number of adult students (69%) also below where they would normally be at this point in the academic year.

NCFE | Official News Release
Extend pupil premium and offer full year of education recovery to support student catch-up
Think Tanks news
IFS - Official estimates suggest Scottish health spending per person now 3% higher than in England, compared with 22% at the start of devolution
Think Tanks
Wednesday 14 April 2021 @ 11:15
WiredGov Newswire (news from other organisations) news
NHS Confederation - Updated vaccination guidance welcome but caution still needed
WiredGov Newswire (news from other organisations)
Wednesday 14 April 2021 @ 11:05

Ruth Rankine, director of the NHS Confederation’s PCN Network, commenting on the updated vaccination guidance from the JCVI 

WiredGov Newswire (news from other organisations) | Official News Release
NHS Confederation - Updated vaccination guidance welcome but caution still needed
National Cyber Security Centre news
Security updates released for Microsoft Exchange Servers
National Cyber Security Centre
Wednesday 14 April 2021 @ 10:20

The NCSC is encouraging organisations to install critical updates following a number of vulnerabilities being addressed in Microsoft Exchange.

National Cyber Security Centre | Official News Release
Security updates released for Microsoft Exchange Servers
Competition & Markets Authority news
CMA provisionally clears merger of Virgin and O2
Competition & Markets Authority
Wednesday 14 April 2021 @ 10:15

The CMA has provisionally cleared the proposed merger of Virgin Media and Virgin Mobile with O2.

Competition & Markets Authority | Official News Release
CMA provisionally clears merger of Virgin and O2
Chatham House news
The economics of populism is failing in Latin America
Chatham House
Wednesday 14 April 2021 @ 10:10

Anger at the perceived failure of the political class has driven a wave of populist leaders but their lack of economic success is worrying for the region's future.

Chatham House | Official News Release
The economics of populism is failing in Latin America
Welsh Government news
Adult household contacts of adults with severe immunosuppression to be offered COVID-19 vaccination
Welsh Government
Wednesday 14 April 2021 @ 10:05

The Welsh Government has accepted Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s advice that people over 16 who live with individuals with severely weakened immune systems should be offered COVID-19 vaccination as a priority.

Welsh Government | Official News Release
Adult household contacts of adults with severe immunosuppression to be offered COVID-19 vaccination
Scottish Government news
Accelerated easing of restrictions
Scottish Government
Wednesday 14 April 2021 @ 09:20

Six people from six households can meet outdoors from Friday 16 April.

Scottish Government | Official News Release
Accelerated easing of restrictions
Charity Commission news
Regulator urges generous donors to give safely to registered charities this Ramadan
Charity Commission
Wednesday 14 April 2021 @ 09:15

As Muslims enter the month of Ramadan, the Charity Commission is encouraging donors to take simple steps to ensure their donations reach the intended cause.

Charity Commission | Official News Release
Regulator urges generous donors to give safely to registered charities this Ramadan
Department for Education news
Remaining university students to return to campus from Step 3 of the roadmap, no earlier than 17 May
Department for Education
Wednesday 14 April 2021 @ 09:10

Government confirms all university students yet to return to in-person teaching will be able to do so from Step 3 of the roadmap

Department for Education | Official News Release
Remaining university students to return to campus from Step 3 of the roadmap, no earlier than 17 May
Department of Health and Social Care news
UK moves into next phase of vaccine roll-out as government target hit early
Department of Health and Social Care
Wednesday 14 April 2021 @ 09:05

Everybody in cohorts 1 to 9 has been offered a vaccine, with people aged 45 to 49 now invited to book their appointments.

Department of Health and Social Care | Official News Release
UK moves into next phase of vaccine roll-out as government target hit early

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