General News

DVLA: Motorists are reminded of when they should tell DVLA if they have diabetes, what the licensing standards are and given useful tips on driving with insulin treated diabetes.
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HO: The Home Office is supporting the launch of a new NSPCC helpline to help protect more children in the UK from mutilation.   Information gathered from calls to the NSPCC helpline will provide police & child protection agencies with intelligence so action can be taken against those who facilitate FGM against young girls.
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CO: The UK Government has published details of more than 200 bodies that currently serve people & businesses in Scotland and which may need to be replicated in a new independent Scottish state.   The Scotland Office Minister, David Mundell, said the list was a detailed reminder of the many changes in every walk of life that Scotland would have to deal with under independence.
 
The UK Government will continue to inform the debate on Scottish independence over the next 18 months through its Scotland analysis programme.
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ScotGov: A new national prosthetics service has been launched to meet the needs of Scotland’s military amputees. The new service will provide veterans from the armed forces with advanced prosthetics that can anticipate movements and adapt instantly in order to function as close to a natural limb as possible.
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EHRC: The Equality and Human Rights Commission has advised a parliamentary committee that a continued blanket ban on voting rights for prisoners could result in damages being awarded to prisoners.
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GPS: The Government Procurement Service has collaborated with Pro5 to develop a framework for insurance & brokerage services offering specific options for education establishments, from annual buildings cover to one off school trips.
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HEFCE: Students from 18 university teams are competing in an ‘Apprentice’-style contest at Spitalfields Market.  The event is organised by the University of Bath in association with Higher Education Funding Council England and UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs.
 
Sponsored by Ernst & Young, the ‘Uni Popshop’ competition will allow student entrepreneurs to test out their social enterprise ideas by challenging them to make as much money as possible for their ventures in a single day of market trading.  Each team of 5 students will be given a £300 start-up loan, a business mentor and the use of a stall in London’s historic Spitalfields Market to sell their social enterprise products.
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Giving the elderly a voice in Parliament: An interview with Rachael Maskell MP