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Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government news
Support for renters continues with longer notice periods
Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 16:25
HM Treasury news
Chancellor sees Plan for Jobs in action at local brewery
HM Treasury
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 16:20

The Chancellor visited Pillars Brewery in London today (12 May) as they gear up for the return of indoor hospitality next week.

HM Treasury | Official News Release
Chancellor sees Plan for Jobs in action at local brewery
Sentencing Council news
Publication of sexual offences statistical bulletin
Sentencing Council
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 16:15

The Sentencing Council has published a statistical bulletin and data tables, explaining current sentencing practice for selected sexual offences.

Sentencing Council | Official News Release
Publication of sexual offences statistical bulletin
NHS England news
NHS in England hits 45 million vaccinations
NHS England
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 16:10

Today the NHS in England marks another important milestone, delivering more than 45 million vaccinations.

NHS England | Official News Release
NHS in England hits 45 million vaccinations
National Cyber Security Centre news
New tool launched to support organisations achieve Cyber Essentials certification
National Cyber Security Centre
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 16:05

Cyber Essentials Readiness Tool asks organisations questions related to the main Cyber Essentials criteria to help prepare them for certification.

National Cyber Security Centre | Official News Release
New tool launched to support organisations achieve Cyber Essentials certification
techUK news
Ofcom’s strategic review of its approach to markets that deliver mobile services
techUK
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 15:25

The UK’s telecoms regulator Ofcom has published a Terms of Reference document, setting out how it will approach its strategic review of the UK’s mobile market.  

techUK | Official News Release
Ofcom’s strategic review of its approach to markets that deliver mobile services
Insolvency Service news
New powers to tackle unfit directors of dissolved companies
Insolvency Service
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 15:20

New legislation to target company directors who dissolve their businesses and leave staff or taxpayers out of pocket.

Insolvency Service | Official News Release
New powers to tackle unfit directors of dissolved companies
Information Commissioner's Office news
ICO and Office of the Privacy Commissioner, New Zealand, sign Memorandum of Understanding
Information Commissioner's Office
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 15:15

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and the New Zealand Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

Information Commissioner's Office | Official News Release
ICO and Office of the Privacy Commissioner, New Zealand, sign Memorandum of Understanding
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy news
New laws to ensure the UK has the skills it needs
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 15:10

Professional Qualifications Bill introduced to Parliament, ensuring skilled professionals from around the world will have their qualifications recognised in the UK.

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy | Official News Release
New laws to ensure the UK has the skills it needs
10 Downing Street news
PM House of Commons Statement on COVID: 12 May 2021
10 Downing Street
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 15:10

Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a statement on COVID in the House of Commons.

10 Downing Street | Official News Release
PM House of Commons Statement on COVID: 12 May 2021
National Cyber Security Centre news
British tech startups offered help to keep innovations secure
National Cyber Security Centre
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 15:05

New guidance from the NCSC and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) to help fledgling technical companies consider key questions around security.

National Cyber Security Centre | Official News Release
British tech startups offered help to keep innovations secure
techUK news
Home Secretary announces Computer Misuse Act Review
techUK
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 14:25

Review into 31 year old legislation to start this year.

techUK | Official News Release
Home Secretary announces Computer Misuse Act Review
Sport England news
Uniting the Movement’s first implementation plan published
Sport England
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 14:20

Supporting the sport and physical activity sector to recover and rebuild are among our key priorities for the next 12 months

Sport England | Official News Release
Uniting the Movement’s first implementation plan published
Association of Police and Crime Commissioners news
Mental Health Awareness Week: Connecting with nature
Association of Police and Crime Commissioners
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 14:15
Chartered Trading Standards Institute news
CTSI signs Race at Work Charter
Chartered Trading Standards Institute
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 14:10

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute joins over 600 employers in signing up to the Race at Work Charter, an initiative designed to improve outcomes for employees of ethnically diverse backgrounds in the UK.

Chartered Trading Standards Institute | Official News Release
CTSI signs Race at Work Charter
Department for Transport news
Traffic light system: safe return to international travel
Department for Transport
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 14:05

From 17 May, the ‘Stay in the UK’ regulation will cease and international travel will be allowed to restart, governed by a new traffic light system.

Department for Transport | Official News Release
Traffic light system: safe return to international travel
Ministry of Defence news
Reserve Forces 30 report published
Ministry of Defence
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 13:25

The findings of an independent study to reform the Reserve Forces for the future has been published.

Ministry of Defence | Official News Release
Reserve Forces 30 report published
Sport England news
Retrain to Retain offers route back for professional workforce
Sport England
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 13:20

We've funded a unique job retention and support package for sports and fitness professionals.

Sport England | Official News Release
Retrain to Retain offers route back for professional workforce
NHS Digital news
Improved collection of GP data launched
NHS Digital
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 13:15

Respected voices across the clinical, academic, research and patient spectrum have welcomed the introduction of a new service from NHS Digital, which will more efficiently collect primary care data and make it available for better planning of healthcare services and for use in medical research.  

NHS Digital | Official News Release
Improved collection of GP data launched
Environment Agency news
Environment Agency launches new flooding Action Plan
Environment Agency
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 13:10

The Environment Agency's FCERM Strategy Action Plan will help to better protect over hundreds of thousands more homes and businesses in the years ahead.

Environment Agency | Official News Release
Environment Agency launches new flooding Action Plan
Department for Education news
Universities to comply with free speech duties or face sanctions
Department for Education
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 13:05

Landmark Bill will require universities to promote freedom of speech on campus and legal duties will also be extended to students' unions

Department for Education | Official News Release
Universities to comply with free speech duties or face sanctions
Welsh Government news
Further support for Welsh businesses
Welsh Government
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 12:25

Businesses in Wales still affected by coronavirus restrictions will be able to claim up to £25,000 more in support to help meet ongoing costs, First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced.

Welsh Government | Official News Release
Further support for Welsh businesses
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs news
UK to lead the way on animal welfare through flagship new Action Plan
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 12:20

UK launches first ever action plan to improve the welfare and conservation of animals at home and abroad

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs | Official News Release
UK to lead the way on animal welfare through flagship new Action Plan
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport news
Landmark laws to keep children safe, stop racial hate and protect democracy online published
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 12:15

The Online Safety Bill will help protect young people and clamp down on racist abuse online, while safeguarding freedom of expression.

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport | Official News Release
Landmark laws to keep children safe, stop racial hate and protect democracy online published
Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) news
Ofsted publishes research review on religious education
Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted)
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 12:10

Ofsted has published the second in a series of reviews into different subjects across the curriculum. This review looks at religious education (RE).

Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) | Official News Release
Ofsted publishes research review on religious education
BCS news
Queen’s Speech: Adult skills boost a step in the right direction says BCS
BCS
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 12:05

Government plans, outlined in yesterday's Queen's Speech, to introduce a Lifetime Skills Guarantee, is a significant step in the right direction to address the digital skills gap, says the professional body for the IT industries.

BCS | Official News Release
Queen’s Speech: Adult skills boost a step in the right direction says BCS
Welsh Government news
Unpaid carers encouraged to use rapid COVID self-test kits
Welsh Government
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 11:25

Access to rapid COVID self-test kits (lateral flow tests) are now available to unpaid carers.

Welsh Government | Official News Release
Unpaid carers encouraged to use rapid COVID self-test kits
Chartered Trading Standards Institute news
Made to Measure Podcast - Episode 34: John Herriman, CTSI Chief Executive
Chartered Trading Standards Institute
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 11:20

Trading standards has seen unparalleled change over the last decade and more than ever new entrants to the profession need every opportunity to learn from the experiences and perspectives of the profession’s authorities. 

Chartered Trading Standards Institute | Official News Release
Made to Measure Podcast - Episode 34: John Herriman, CTSI Chief Executive
NHS England news
Thousands of new recruits join the health service as NHS marks International Nurses Day
NHS England
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 11:20

NHS chief Sir Simon Stevens has today praised the ‘extraordinary’ response of nurses and healthcare workers to COVID as the so-called ‘Nightingale effect’ sees thousands of new NHS recruits mark their first International Nurses Day.

NHS England | Official News Release
Thousands of new recruits join the health service as NHS marks International Nurses Day
Scottish Government news
Next steps out of lockdown
Scottish Government
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 11:15

Significant easing of restrictions across most of Scotland.

Scottish Government | Official News Release
Next steps out of lockdown
Homeless Link news
Learning from Advantaged Thinking to provide person-led support
Homeless Link
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 11:10
WiredGov Newswire (news from other organisations) news
CBI Scotland responds to latest review of COVID restrictions
WiredGov Newswire (news from other organisations)
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 11:05
10 Downing Street news
Prime Minister to revolutionise skills and training opportunities
10 Downing Street
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 10:25

Landmark reforms will support the nation’s recovery from the pandemic.

10 Downing Street | Official News Release
Prime Minister to revolutionise skills and training opportunities
Association for Project Management news
Are you looking to take the step up to programme management? We can help
Association for Project Management
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 10:20
National Cyber Security Centre news
Large UK organisations offered ten steps to stay ahead of cyber threat
National Cyber Security Centre
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 10:15

Refreshed 10 Steps to Cyber Security guidance released for cyber security professionals in large and medium sized organisations.

National Cyber Security Centre | Official News Release
Large UK organisations offered ten steps to stay ahead of cyber threat
Department for Education news
Face coverings no longer required in schools and colleges from 17 May
Department for Education
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 10:10

Face coverings will no longer have to be worn in classrooms or communal areas by pupils.

Department for Education | Official News Release
Face coverings no longer required in schools and colleges from 17 May
RUSI news
Lebanon’s Politics of Disarray
RUSI
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 10:05

Ill-served by a faulty constitutional arrangement and a venal political class, the country stands on the brink of collapse.

RUSI | Official News Release
Lebanon’s Politics of Disarray
EU News news
Sahel and Central Africa: €210 million in EU humanitarian aid
EU News
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 09:25

The EU is reaffirming its solidarity with vulnerable people in countries in the Sahel and Central Africa through a humanitarian budget of €210 million in 2021. 

EU News | Official News Release
Sahel and Central Africa: €210 million in EU humanitarian aid
Children’s Commissioner news
The Big Ask goes to Bolton
Children’s Commissioner
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 09:20

A guest blog post by Bernie Brown, Director of Children’s Services for Bolton.

Children’s Commissioner | Official News Release
The Big Ask goes to Bolton
National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) news
Government must use time to get rental reform right for landlords and tenants
National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA)
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 09:15

Ben Beadle, Chief Executive of the National Residential Landlords Association yesterday responded to the Government’s commitment in the Queen’s Speech to publish a White Paper later this year on reform of the rental sector.

National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) | Official News Release
Government must use time to get rental reform right for landlords and tenants
Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC - formerly IPCC) news
Former Thames Valley Police officer would have been dismissed for gross misconduct
Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC - formerly IPCC)
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 09:10

A former Thames Valley Police officer would have been dismissed for gross misconduct had he not already resigned, a disciplinary hearing on 6 May concluded.

Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC - formerly IPCC) | Official News Release
Former Thames Valley Police officer would have been dismissed for gross misconduct
Welsh Government news
Wales pilot test events get underway
Welsh Government
Wednesday 12 May 2021 @ 09:05

As the coronavirus restrictions continue to relax in Wales, Welsh Government has announced a proposed list of pilot test events to take place over the forthcoming weeks.

Welsh Government | Official News Release
Wales pilot test events get underway

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