Posts Tagged ‘decisions’

Sunday trading set to benefit economy to the tune of £1.5 billion

Comments Off | 03-13-2016

New figures published today (9 March 2015) show that extended Sunday trading hours would benefit the UK economy by an estimated £1.5 billion over 10 years.
The £1.5 billion figure could be even higher, depending on the decisions made by local authorities once the powers have been devolved.
The saving from being able to

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CMA provisionally clears foundation trust hospitals merger

Comments Off | 08-14-2015

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (ASP) and Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (RSC) provide clinical services from their sites in Ashford, Chertsey and Guildford.
The proposed merger was referred for an in-depth phase 2 inquiry in February after an initial Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) investigation found that the proposed acquisition might

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M6 speed limit returns to 70mph near Sandbach

Comments Off | 08-14-2015

Contractors for Highways England began work on the bridges in January this year and a 50mph limit was introduced for safety reasons, due to the temporary narrow lanes on the motorway.
The northbound carriageway will be closed overnight, between 10pm and 6am, on Tuesday 18 August between junction 16 at Crewe and junction 18 at Middlewich

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Derailment of a container train, Washwood Heath – Update

Comments Off | 08-14-2015

At 08:03 hrs, the failure of signalling equipment in the vicinity of Washwood Heath West Junction, following the passage of train 4O14, alerted the Network Rail signaller to a possible problem with that train. It was subsequently discovered that the train had derailed and then re-railed when crossing from the Up Derby Slow line to

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County Durham directors receive lengthy bans after overstating sales by over £1bn

Comments Off | 08-14-2015

John and Carmel Billany were disqualified as directors for nine years and three years six months respectively after they had inflated the company’s turnover from around £3 million, to an annual turnover of £1.2 billion in order to obtain finance.
The company, which supplied hydraulic components, became insolvent in September 2013 after owing money to a

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River Thames boaters to carry on cruising thanks to £1 million investment from Environment Agency

Comments Off | 08-14-2015

The Environment Agency confirmed yesterday (Tuesday 11 August) which of its 45 locks on the non-tidal River Thames are in line for improvement works during the remainder of this financial year.
In all, 8 lock sites will have a total of more than £1 million spent on them. The seven-figure investment will ensure the locks and

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Regulator to investigate finances at Essex teaching hospital

Comments Off | 06-3-2015

The health regulator is concerned by the deterioration in Southend’s finances after the trust recorded a larger deficit (£9.8 million) for 2014/15 than planned (£7.8 million). Monitor is also worried that the trust does not have a realistic plan to recover from this situation.
Monitor’s investigation will look into the state of Southend’s finances, assess the

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New measures to help NHS foundation trusts adopt best financial practice

Comments Off | 06-3-2015

The regulator proposes to increase its scrutiny of financial performance so it can take action sooner against providers that are not providing value for money for their patients.
This enhanced challenge to the track record of foundation trusts will be supplemented by a significant upgrade in the practical support Monitor offers to improve operational performance, through

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Procurement tips to boost competition and the Northern Ireland economy

Comments Off | 06-3-2015

Government contracts account for over £2.5 billion of public expenditure in Northern Ireland every year and the seminars led by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on 5 June will help buyers and suppliers understand how competition law works for taxpayers and consumers.
John Kirkpatrick, CMA Senior Director Research, Intelligence and Advocacy, said:
Fair competition in public procurement benefits

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£31.7 million boost for ‘life-changing’ SEND reforms

Comments Off | 12-18-2014

The Department for Education has today (17 December 2014) announced it will invest a further £31.7 million in 2015 to 2016 to help local authorities in England continue to meet the costs of implementing the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) reforms.
Children and Families Minister, Edward Timpson, said:
Our reforms put children and parents right at

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