Archive for June, 2015

Charitable organisations given £20 million boost by government

Comments Off | 06-26-2015

Visit VCSE Diagnostic to check your organisation’s eligibility and find out more about applying for the Local Sustainability Fund.

The Cabinet Office today launched an initiative that will provide grants to increase the sustainability of around 250 organisations working in the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector.
The fund, which will be delivered by the Big Lottery Fund, will

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Waiting times set to improve for Somerset hospital but finances worsen

Comments Off | 06-26-2015

The health sector regulator investigated waiting times for day-case and inpatient procedures, and for outpatient procedures, at Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust which serves patients from across Somerset.
Monitor worked with the trust to help it develop robust plans to reduce waiting times without the need for regulatory action. The trust has agreed to work

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Rise in Welsh jobless becoming their own boss

Comments Off | 06-26-2015

The number of new businesses set up by jobseekers in Wales taking advantage of the Government’s New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) has risen by more than 50 percent in the past year according to new official statistics released by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) today.
A total of 3,740 new businesses have been created through

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A thriving travel industry indicates a thriving economy

Comments Off | 06-26-2015

Thank you for the introduction.
I should admit that when, just before the election, I accepted the invitation to speak today (24 June 2015), I did so knowing there was a tiny risk that I might be in another role, or indeed not in a role at all, by the time the conference came around.
So today

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Five years of investment in rail infrastructure

Comments Off | 06-24-2015

Thank you for inviting me to speak today (23 June 2015).
The timing for this year’s conference could hardly be better.
On National Women in Engineering Day, just over 6 weeks into a new parliament; a parliament that will continue where the last one left off, supporting a transformational investment in British infrastructure.
An investment which presents great

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Government consults on EU Payment Accounts Directive

Comments Off | 06-24-2015

These new rules, which are set out in the EU Payment Accounts Directive, set common standards that EU members need to meet in order to ensure a number of services are available to consumers, including:

an account switching service
a right of access to a basic bank account for those who are legally resident in the EU
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A55 and A483 weekend closures as £6 million improvement nears completion

Comments Off | 06-24-2015

Highways England says the scheme at Posthouse Roundabout where the A55 meets the A483 near Chester will be fully open for commuter traffic on Monday morning.
In the meantime, drivers are being advised that the roundabout will be affected by partial daytime and full overnight closures from 8pm on Friday 26 June until 5am on Monday

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Charity Commission investigator awarded MBE

Comments Off | 06-23-2015

An Investigator at the Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in recognition of his volunteering work with Victim Support. Soames Shillingford has volunteered with the charity for more than two decades and has been trained to provide expert counselling. He supports victims of a

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Universal Credit in 10 more Jobcentres across England, Scotland and Wales

Comments Off | 06-23-2015

Today, Jobcentres will start offering Universal Credit in:

Paisley
Johnstone
Renfrew
Sutton-in-Ashfield
Arnold
Brownhills
Walsall Bayard House
Walsall Bridle Court
Waltham Cross
Newport

Are you ready to claim Universal Credit? Listen to our work coach Vandna talk about how the new benefit makes it easier to get into work and stay in work.
Universal Credit will eventually replace 6 existing benefits:

Jobseeker’s Allowance
Income Support
Employment and Support Allowance
Working Tax Credit
Child

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14-year director bans for £5.5m land banking and carbon credit scam

Comments Off | 06-23-2015

The Nwikpo brothers all signed undertakings not to act as company directors or be involved in the management of a company for 14 years each from 22 April. Bradley Peter Ferry had already given an undertaking, also for 14 years, from 24 October 2014.
All four men used pseudonyms as part of the scam, Barinua Nwikpo

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