Archive for November, 2014

Apprenticeships will contribute £34 billion to UK economy this year

Comments Off | 11-29-2014

This figure includes gains to the economy from higher wages, business profits and taxes of £31 billion per year, an estimated reduction in unemployment benefit payments of £370 million per year, and benefits to organisations while training apprentices of £1.9 billion per year (in 2014 prices). The ratio of benefits to costs of apprenticeships is

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Cutting edge low carbon energy projects get £5 million funding boost

Comments Off | 11-29-2014

Companies developing cutting edge low carbon energy projects in generation, efficiency and storage – such as capturing carbon emissions or turning buildings into power stations – have the chance to bid for an extra £5 million of funding in the fourth round of the Government’s Energy Entrepreneurs’ Fund (EEF).
Today also sees 19 projects being awarded

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Government launches maritime study to boost growth

Comments Off | 11-28-2014

A wide-ranging study that will look at how to boost the UK’s multi-billion pound maritime industry has been launched today (26 November 2014) by Transport Minister John Hayes.
The work will look at all aspects of the sector to identify where and how improvements can be made to generate growth.
The study will report in summer 2015 and

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Equitable Life Payments Scheme payouts pass £990 million

Comments Off | 11-26-2014

Since July 2014, the scheme has issued payments to a further 10,000 policy holders, meaning that over 887,000 (out of 1 million) eligible policyholders have now had payments issued to them.
The figures are broken down as follows:

409,221 payments to individual investors have been issued totalling £555.2 million
37,732 initial payments to With-Profits Annuitants (WPAs) or their

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Parents eligible for more than £8,000 in childcare support

Comments Off | 11-26-2014

Thank you John [Bingham] for that very kind introduction – it’s a great pleasure to be here, kicking off what sounds like a really exciting day.
As a parent to a 6-month-old son myself, I’d love to stay and hear your speakers’ thoughts on innovation in the childcare sector but as I’m sure many of you

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£45,000 new funding for victims to use restorative justice

Comments Off | 11-22-2014

Victims of crime will be supported by £45,000 of funding designed to help them move forward by meeting their offenders and repair the harm caused by their experiences, Justice Minister Mike Penning has announced.
Three organisations will share the funds, which are part of the almost £30 million being provided to give victims access to restorative justice (RJ) throughout England and Wales up

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Norfolk company fined almost £1 per illegal tonne

Comments Off | 11-22-2014

Norwich Crown Court also ordered the company to pay full Environment Agency costs of £4,718.
Mrs Anne-Lise McDonald, prosecuting for the Agency, said offences came to light when a member of the public complained that soil contaminated with plastics, insulation foam, metals, cables and household waste had been deposited on fields off West Dereham Road near

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New financial levels set for operator licensing

Comments Off | 11-20-2014

The Office of the Traffic Commissioner has today (20 November 2014) confirmed that operator licence applications and continuations will be processed at new financial levels from 1 December 2014.
Applicants and existing operators will be asked to produce evidence meeting the revised criteria in preparation for the 1 January 2015 deadline, when the new financial standing

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Major investment in life sciences

Comments Off | 11-20-2014

Since the Prime Minister launched the industrial strategy in life sciences 3 years ago the industry has agreed over £3.5 billion of investment in the UK which is expected to create over 11,000 new jobs.
Minister for Life Sciences, George Freeman said:
NHS leadership in health research is attracting new investment into our life sciences research sector,

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£5 million to support water rescue

Comments Off | 11-19-2014

Transport Minister John Hayes today (19 November 2014) announced £5 million funding to support the work of the life-saving charities that run rescue boats on rivers, lakes and other inland waterways.
Charities around the UK are set to benefit from the money which will go towards enhancing the resources available to improve safety on the water.
John

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