The aim of these inspections is to assess the contribution of local authorities to improving education in England. Inspectors examine the effectiveness of local authorities’ statutory duty to promote high standards in schools and among other providers so that children and young people achieve well and fulfil their potential.
In March, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced that it had granted permission to (i) Northern Powergrid (Northeast) Limited and Northern Powergrid (Yorkshire) plc (together ‘NPg’) to appeal against Ofgem’s decision to modify its 2 licences; and (ii) British Gas Trading Limited (BGT) to appeal against Ofgem’s decision
It is the second invitation to tender to be published under the new set of arrangements in the East Midlands, which sees Highways England making a change from its previous way of working, bringing key functions in-house to take direct control of its road network.
Roads Minister Andrew Jones will visit Carlisle and Newcastle upon Tyne today, Monday 28 September 2015, to discuss proposals to create a new dual carriageway to link Cumbria to the north east.
Improvements on the A421, M1 and A5 have moved a step closer today (Monday 28 September) with the appointment of a contractor for the scheme.
Interserve Construction Ltd contractors for Highways England will be carrying out a package of works on the A421, the M1 at junction 13 and the A5 through Milton Keynes and Dunstable.
The UK Minister for the Cabinet Office Matthew Hancock, White House Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan, and the United States Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith announced their intent to strengthen ties between each nation’s technical teams during a visit by the UK government to the White House. The UK tech delegation is being led by Minister Hancock and UK Government Chief Technology Officer Liam Maxwell.
The United Nations General Assembly has formally adopted the Global Goals - a new global framework, Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, composed of 17 goals and 169 targets to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate over the next 15 years.
International Development Secretary Justine Greening was in the General Assembly along with UK youth delegates Arifa Aleem and Ronagh Craddock to witness the historic moment which was introduced by speakers including Pope Francis, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Malala Yousafzai.
The government has sold a further 1% shareholding in Lloyds Banking Group through the trading plan launched in December, taking the total raised for the taxpayer to £15 billion and reducing the government’s shareholding to below 12%.
All sales are used to reduce the national debt.
Highlights for the 3 month period May to July 2015, compared to the same period a year earlier include:
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, showcased a selection of £24 billion worth of investment opportunities in the North of England at an event in Chengdu with senior Chinese investors, ahead of the upcoming State visit by President Xi in October.
The new and upgraded facilities have been provided for the army by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), working in partnership with contractors Lendlease and Lovell.
The DIO awarded contracts worth a total of £150 million to the firms to deliver a range of new buildings for service personnel from 1 and 16 Signal Regiment who have moved to Stafford from Germany.
Speaking to the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations in Edinburgh, Mr Mundell said that welfare and tax would become a ‘shared space’ and that in order to deliver the best outcomes for individuals the Scottish Government needed to start setting out their plans.
A revolutionary grassroots football programme in China is set to receive a £3 million funding boost, supporting thousands of young people, the Chancellor has announced today (23 Sept 2015).
This includes a further £100 million in response to the Syria conflict and £14.5 million to tackle migration challenges more widely.
Innovate UK is seeking projects that explore how planned new or retrofit infrastructure projects could be integrated into other urban systems in a beneficial way.
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has insisted new nuclear power stations are essential to make sure the lights stay on, as he gave the green light to the initial government guarantee for the first such plant in Britain for 20 years.
The European Court of Justice has, in a landmark ruling, said the 0.1 % threshold for notifying Substances of Very High Concern in articles applies to “each of the articles incorporated as a component of a complex product” rather than to the entire article.
On 20 August 2015 Ms Nidhi Walia, 41, of Tentlow Gardens, Southall, Middlesex was found guilty, at the Central Criminal Court, on 2 counts of providing immigration advice when not qualified to do so.
Ms Walia purported to be an experienced immigration adviser to two clients in the Southall area seeking leave to remain in the UK.
Metrarc has developed a novel technology called ICMetrics™ for creating secure encryption keys from the properties of digital systems, without the need to store any of the encryption data.
Thank you for that very kind introduction, Christine [Hodgson, Chair of the Careers and Enterprise Company].
The investment will see part of Public Health England move from its existing ageing facilities at Porton Down into the new labs at Harlow, to continue their vital work in tackling some of the biggest issues in public health.
Global business leaders celebrated Britain’s booming design industry at The GREAT Global Investment Conference in London today (17 September 2015).
Organised to coincide with the Rugby World Cup, visiting international business leaders heard from some of the UK’s most influential figures from the creative, automotive and design industries.