General News

TfLTransport for London (TfL) has recently announced a new school rate for pupils from school years 1 to 11 travelling on the Emirates Air Line in a school group (just £1 per student).   The EAL offers teachers a vast array of subject areas to choose from if they want to have a lesson in a cabin or include a visit to the EAL as part of a school trip to the area.
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ScotGovEvery secondary school in Scotland will be offered financial help to carry out educational visits to European battlefields as part of the Scottish Government’s plans to commemorate the centenary of the Great War.
 
A £2,000 grant will be made available to every senior school in the country to help them meet the costs of trips to Western Front battlefields & war graves so pupils can learn more about the sacrifice made by the many thousands from Scotland and elsewhere during the First World War. 

The £1m fund, which will be administered by Historic Scotland, will include additional subsidies for groups travelling to the continent from schools not on the Scottish mainland. 
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ACEArts Council England and PRS for Music Foundation recently launched the new £500,000 Momentum Music Fund, supporting the development of talented musicians & bands. Artists & bands working in any music genre can apply to PRS for Music Foundation for grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 to support their artistic development and career.
 
Record labels, music managers, music publishers and other industry professionals can apply on their artist's behalf, but must outline how funding will drive their career development.   The first application deadline is Friday 28 June 2013.  Awards will be announced in early August 2013, with later rounds scheduled for October & January 2014.
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TfL: A number of changes to the Congestion Charge scheme will take effect in the coming weeks.  The first change means that from last week the penalty charge for non-payment of the Congestion Charge will be £130.

In addition there are 2 further changes to the Congestion Charge scheme which the Mayor and TfL confirmed last month:
* The GVD & EVD will be replaced by an Ultra Low-Emission Discount (ULED) - Registrations for the GVD and EVD will close from 28 June 2013 - Anyone registered to receive the GVD by this date will continue to receive a 100% discount from paying the Congestion Charge for a period of 3 years until 24 June 2016. 
* From 26 July 2013 shops will no longer process Congestion Charge payments
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DECC: Householders across Great Britain will be able to get even more cash for renewable heating kit, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced last week.  

The money off vouchers available under the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme have been increased to £2,300 for ground source heat pumps, £2,000 for biomass boilers, £1,300 for air source heat pumps and £600 for solar thermal systems.  The scheme is targeted at those living off the gas grid, where most money on bills & carbon can be saved.
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Defra: The Veterinary Medicines Directorate has given MSD Animal Health a licence to provide the new Schmallenberg vaccine.  UK farmers will be the first in the EU to use a vaccine to help protect sheep & cattle against birth defects caused by the Schmallenberg Virus (SBV).
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WAG:  Plans for this year’s new-look Wales Rally GB, the UK’s season-ending round of the FIA World Rally Championship, have been announced. The move to a new base in North Wales was confirmed last month; now event organiser International Motor Sports (IMS) has provided further details of a challenging new competitive route, the return of spectator stages aimed at delivering a full day’s top class family entertainment plus a more affordable and flexible ticketing structure.
 
Adding to the challenge & spectacle the opening 3 timed sections on Thursday evening will take place in darkness – a move that will find favour with the purists - as will the re-introduction of some classic Welsh forest stages in Snowdonia.
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NHS Confed: Chair of the NHS Confederation's Community Health Services Forum Michael Scott says community-based health care needs recognition, support & investment.
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