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  • Jobseekers embrace digital revolution

    The way people claim benefits is being revolutionised with the proportion of claims made online more than doubling in a year – saving taxpayers money and paving the way for the introduction of Universal Credit.

    Employment Minister Mark Hoban has hailed the dramatic rise in online claims as the digital revolution in action. In August 2011 only around 1 in 10 people claimed online; that increased to 3 in 10 in August 2012 – and a year later this has rocketed to 8 in 10.

  • More detail on special educational needs reforms

    A consultation with more detail on plans to overhaul the special educational needs (SEN) system has been published.

    Today the government has published a consultation giving more details of plans to overhaul the special educational needs system to ensure that all children and young people with SEN receive the extra assistance they need.

  • Welsh Secretary: Fast Growth 50 businesses are delivering for Wales

    David Jones to visit businesses making their mark on this year’s Fast Growth 50 list

    Secretary of State for Wales, David Jones will mark the achievements of business entrepreneurs helping the Welsh economy move from rescue to recovery at the Fast Growth 50 awards this evening (Friday 04 October 2013).

  • UK firms receive IP boost in South East Asia

    Lord Younger, Minister for Intellectual Property announced the appointment of a new IP attaché for South East Asia.

    UK companies that need support overseas in emerging markets received a boost today as Lord Younger, Minister for Intellectual Property (IP), announced the appointment of a new IP attaché for South East Asia.

  • Mundell welcomes French trade delegation to Scotland

    Single UK market is delivering for Scottish businesses, says Scotland Office Minister.

    The single UK market delivers for Scottish businesses, and the UK’s membership of the single EU market delivers for trade between UK and France. That was the message from Scotland Office Minister David Mundell as he led a delegation of French business leaders on a tour of Rosyth Shipyard.

  • Enterprising Libraries receive £450K to support local businesses of the future

    Ten leading ‘enterprising libraries’ will receive a share of £450,000 to help local people get started in business.

    Ten leading ‘enterprising libraries’ will receive a share of £450,000 to help local people get started in business, the Department for Communities and Local Government and Arts Council England announced today (3 October 2013).

  • Green buses to get more funding

    Additional funding announced to bring 55 low carbon buses into service and clean up dozens more.

    Government schemes to provide more carbon-cutting buses and reduce pollution from existing buses are being extended.

    Speaking at industry event Coach and Bus Live today (2 October 2013) Transport Minister Norman Baker announced additional money will be made available to bring 55 more low carbon buses into service and to retro-fit dozens more to clean up their exhaust fumes.

  • 'Infrastructure is the backbone of a strong economy', says Deighton

    On a visit to South Yorkshire, Lord Deighton talks infrastructure investment with local leaders and visits world-leading manufacturing facilities.

    On Wednesday 2 October Commercial Secretary to the Treasury and minister in charge of infrastructure delivery, Lord Deighton visited Sheffield to meet local leaders as part of his work as chair of the HS2 Growth taskforce.

  • East Lancashire to benefit from £40 million green transport project

    Pennine Reach bus network given £40 million funding for improvements package including new bus stations at Blackburn and Accrington.

    Better bus links will benefit East Lancashire after a £40 million upgrade was given the go ahead by Transport Minister Norman Baker today (1 October 2013).

    The improved bus network, known as the Pennine Reach, is designed to support economic growth, improving connections between the major urban areas in the East Pennine sub-region including Blackburn, Accrington and Darwen.

  • Banking Reform Bill amendments published

    Banking Reform Bill amendments published as bill enters the House of Lords.

    Today the government entered the final legislative phase of its plan to create a stronger and safer banking system that supports the economy, consumers and small businesses by publishing key amendments to the Banking Reform Bill.

    The government’s reforms are based on almost three years of consultation on the future of the UK’s financial sector and once complete will represent the biggest ever overhaul of Britain’s banking system.

  • First meeting for Social Impact Investment Taskforce

    The Social Impact Investment Taskforce, launched at the G8 Social Impact Investment Forum, met for the first time in Washington, DC.

    Social investment is the use of finance to tackle difficult social issues without placing the burden on the taxpayer. It connects people with money to charities and social enterprises which need the money to grow so that they can expand their services and do more good for society.

  • Welsh Secretary: High-speed internet at heart of UK Government growth agenda

    Writing for the Western Mail, David Jones underlines the UK Government's investment in broadband provision in Wales

    Superfast broadband is a key component of the Welsh economy’s future economic success.

    So whilst the UK Government will be providing faster train services for south Wales, has attracted investment for vital energy infrastructure, and is funding large-scale projects such as the new north Wales super-prison, it is also putting the provision of reliable high-speed internet at the heart of its economic growth agenda.

  • £400 million will help science and engineering students get ahead in the global race and encourage more women to study these subjects

    Science and engineering teaching at English universities will receive a £400 million boost

    Science and engineering teaching at English universities will receive a £400 million boost, Universities and Science Minister David Willetts announced today.

    Only 6% of the engineering workforce in the UK is female, so this package of support will also have a particular focus on encouraging women into these subjects.

    The package consists of:

  • Help to Buy: mortgage guarantee available 3 months early

    Help to Buy: mortgage guarantee scheme to launch next week.

    A scheme to help thousands of people buy their own home will be launched next week - three months earlier than planned.

    The scheme was due to start in January 2014 but the government has announced that people will be able to start applying for the new mortgage guarantee from next week.

    Several high street banks will be offering the new Help to Buy mortgages to customers, ranging from 80 to 95 per cent of the property’s value.

  • First open standards for government technology endorsed

    The Open Standards Board has endorsed the first set of open standards for government technology.

    The Open Standards Board has recommended the approval of the first open standards for government technology    . The adoption of open standards will give government bodies access to a wider marketplace of innovative suppliers by encouraging a level playing field for open source and proprietary software providers. It will help the move away from restrictive long-term deals with a small number of suppliers.

  • UK pledges low carbon co-operation with China

    Signing of joint statement between UK and China pledging to continue co-operation to promote low-carbon development and energy efficiency technologies.

    Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker today applauded the on-going collaboration between the UK and China in working towards a low carbon future, at a reception at Lancaster House.

  • London-Hong Kong RMB Forum: further development of offshore RMB market strengthened

    Hong-Kong and UK agree further action to support development of London-Hong Kong offshore renminbi market.

    Further action has been agreed to support the continued development of the London - Hong Kong offshore renminbi (RMB) market at the third London - Hong Kong RMB Forum.

  • CMA update: changes to the UK competition regime

    Speech reporting on the CMA's progress and changes to the UK competition regime brought in under the ERR Act.

    Good morning, and thank you for the opportunity to address this conference today. I accepted this invitation because I wanted to have the chance to communicate specifically with in-house counsel.

  • UK strongly supports the UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel

    Statement by Mark Simmonds, UK Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, to the UN General Assembly High-Level Event on the Sahel


    Thank you, Special Envoy Prodi, and could I join others in thanking the Secretary General for coordinating and putting together this important meeting.

  • UK Trade & Investment CEO outlines support available to Welsh companies

    Welsh Secretary, David Jones hosts Nick Baird on visit to Cardiff.

    From innovative 3D animation companies, to an incubator for medical and life sciences start-ups, Secretary of State for Wales, David Jones will today (25 September) host UK Trade & Investment CEO, Nick Baird on visits to some of Cardiff’s leading business successes.

  • Treasury ministers strengthen economic ties abroad

    Financial Secretary Greg Clark and Commercial Secretary Lord Deighton internationally showcase Britain's investment opportunities.

    Treasury minister Greg Clark is visiting South East Asia this week. His trip will culminate in Hong Kong when he attends the London - Hong Kong Renminbi forum, whilst Lord Deighton meets ministers and business leaders in the Gulf - as both promote the opportunities for investment in the UK abroad.

  • UK targets Swedish market for construction sector growth

    Business Secretary confirmed the signing of 2 new construction contracts in Sweden with an order value of nearly £30 million

    British businesses in the construction sector were given a boost today when the Business Secretary Vince Cable confirmed the signing of 2 new contracts in Sweden with an order value of nearly £30 million.

  • First homes benefit after Government investment to improve mobile coverage nationwide

    More than 200 premises in North Yorkshire village get mobile reception.

    Homes and business in the rural North Yorkshire village of Weaverthorpe     can now get a mobile signal thanks to the government’s £150 million investment in extending mobile coverage across the country. This marks the start of the programme’s roll out which will see hundreds of communities benefit across the UK.

  • Countryside benefits from speeded up broadband roll out

    10,000 rural premises a week get access to superfast speeds

    Thousands of farms and rural villages are set to benefit from the government’s rapidly accelerating broadband roll-out for rural areas.

    Nearly all broadband projects in the countryside have now entered delivery phase, which will see broadband reaching some of the most rural communities across the country.