Archive for March, 2016

Thousands of farmers and agents submit 2016 BPS applications early using online system

Comments Off | 03-30-2016

Over 2,000 applications for 2016 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) have been completed and submitted so far, using the online Rural Payments service, the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) announced today (30 March).
The RPA is encouraging farmers and agents to apply online now, so that they submit their applications in good time, ahead of the

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Workless households fall by more than three-quarters of a million since 2010

Comments Off | 03-30-2016

According to new independent figures released today (30 March 2016), there are now 764,000 fewer workless households in this country compared to 5 years ago – a fall of 20%.
The figures also show there are 449,000 fewer children living in workless households.
And the number of households where no one has ever worked is

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Company and director to pay over £30,000 for waste offences

Comments Off | 03-30-2016

D Jordan Road Brush Hire Ltd, of Cockshot Farm, Cockshot Lane, Dormston, Worcester was sentenced for 2 offences of storage, treatment and the disposal of waste without an environmental permit. The company was fined £6,660 and ordered to pay costs of £9,767.75 and a victim surcharge of £120. It was also

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New government plans for 1 new home in 5 to be a starter home

Comments Off | 03-30-2016

Housing sites of 10 homes or more will have to make 1 home in 5 a starter home under government proposals just published, helping more people realise their ambition of owning their own home.
The move will support 200,000 new homes for first time buyers under 40 as part of the government’s pledge

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UK risks losing £15m Veronese drawing

Comments Off | 03-30-2016

A 400-year-old drawing by Paolo Veronese is at risk of being exported from the UK unless a buyer can be found to match the asking price of £15,400,000 (plus VAT of £154,000). To provide an opportunity to keep it in the UK, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed a temporary export bar

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£372 million investment for Hawk support sustains 700 UK jobs

Comments Off | 03-30-2016

The Ministry of Defence has committed £372 million across four contracts for the continued in-service support of Hawk fast jet training aircraft, securing around 700 UK jobs until 2020.
The fleet of Hawk TMk1 and TMk2 aircraft are used by the UK armed forces for military flying training prior to conversion onto frontline

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The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act is here

Comments Off | 03-28-2016

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act received Royal Assent in March 2015.
All companies will be affected in some way, as the Act changes your legal requirements, including what you file with Companies House. This will impact your company’s systems and processes.
The changes with the highest impact will be delivered in the final

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£372 million investment for Hawk support sustains 700 UK jobs

Comments Off | 03-28-2016

The fleet of Hawk TMk1 and TMk2 aircraft are used by the UK armed forces for military flying training prior to conversion onto frontline fast jet aircraft, such as Typhoon or the future F35 Lightning II, and for a variety of other Royal Navy and Royal Air Force training requirements. They

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Media reports on UK aid projects: setting the record straight

Comments Off | 03-28-2016

DFID statement
A number of recent newspaper articles have reported claims that misrepresent or inaccurately portray projects supported by the Department for International Development (DFID), or focus on projects that are no longer funded.
UK aid is spent where it is most needed and is subject to rigorous internal and external checks and

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Statement by Baroness Anelay welcoming conclusions of UN Human Rights Council

Comments Off | 03-26-2016

The 31st session of the Human Rights Council opened with a call to States not to ignore the warning signs of instability. I welcome the important progress made at this session and that Council members assumed our responsibilities to hold to account those responsible for the most egregious violations and

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