Posts Tagged ‘Compared’

Financial stability in the social housing sector continues

Comments Off | 03-3-2016

The social housing sector remains in a strong financial position with access to sufficient finance, according to the latest quarterly survey published by the Homes and Communities Agency today (2 March 2016).
The survey shows registered providers’ financial position on the 31 December 2015 and includes forecasts up to 31 December 2016. The quarterly

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FCO Minister opens Seminar on Freedom of Religion and Economic Prosperity

Comments Off | 03-3-2016

Good morning everybody. May I begin by thanking Louise Ellman MP, Chair of the APPG on the Baha’i Faith for organising this event; and Jim Shannon MP, Chair of the APPG on International Freedom of Religion or Belief for his kind words of welcome.
This morning I would like to set out

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Catterick villagers invited to discuss new £6m flood protection scheme

Comments Off | 03-3-2016

Construction of a £6 million water storage reservoir to protect Catterick Village and the A1 motorway from flooding will start this Spring.
Details of the Environment Agency scheme, which is jointly funded with Highways England and North Yorkshire County Council, will be outlined at a public drop-in meeting at the Booth Memorial

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Boost for family finances as Easter getaway begins

Comments Off | 03-3-2016

Families planning an Easter break will get a boost today when the cost of their foreign holidays are slashed as children under 16 will join under 12s in being exempt from paying Air Passenger Duty (APD) in economy class.
This change, which was announced by Chancellor George Osborne in the Autumn Statement 2014 and

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Homebuyers save hundreds of millions from stamp duty reform

Comments Off | 03-3-2016

Over 780,000 homebuyers saved an estimated £657 million on Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) in the year since the tax was reformed, the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced today.
Transactions levels at the top end of the market remained constant under the new regime and stamp duty receipts from homes costing more

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Royal Navy’s newest sub test fires torpedo using £50 million UK-made advanced Combat System

Comments Off | 03-3-2016

The firing tested the BAE Systems designed Common Combat System (CCS) on board, which functions as the digital ‘brain’ of the boat controlling its ‘eyes’, ‘ears’ and ‘nervous system’. Using the torpedo test, the cutting-edge system was able to interpret sonar readings, and then attack a moving target with a practice

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UK employment reaches record high

Comments Off | 02-21-2016

There are now a record 31.4 million people in work – up 521,000 compared with this time last year, fuelled by a rise in full-time employment – and there are a record 776,000 job vacancies, reflecting the economy’s strong performance.
The unemployment rate is the lowest in a decade, at 5.1%, and the proportion of young

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£3 billion pledge to help end Malaria deaths

Comments Off | 01-25-2016

Deaths from Malaria could be nearly eliminated in the next 15 years thanks in part to a landmark £3 billion funding commitment announced today by the Chancellor and Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Speaking at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, George Osborne, Bill Gates and International Development Secretary, Justine Greening revealed a

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The Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy

Comments Off | 01-25-2016

The Fund is launched on 18 January 2016 by FCO Minister Baroness Anelay which aims to further British interests overseas by tackling the root causes of human rights violations, strengthening institutions and governance, promoting and protecting human rights, and supporting democracy and the rule of law.
The Fund has three priority themes:

Democratic values and the rule

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£40 million to drive green car revolution across UK cities

Comments Off | 01-25-2016

Four cities have been awarded significant funds today (25 January 2016) to promote green vehicle technology after successfully bidding for a share of a multi-million pot created to support the take-up of plug-in electric cars across the UK.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced the winners of the Go Ultra Low City Scheme, after the successful cities proposed a

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