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  • Fuel price cut comes into force for remote islands

    Motorists in many remote island communities will benefit from a 5 pence per litre discount on pump prices from tomorrow, 1 March 2012.

    The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, announced in November 2011 that final EU clearance had been received for the rural fuel rebate pilot scheme to go ahead this year.

  • Government appoints Frank McLoughlin CBE as Chair of Commission on Adult Vocational Learning

    Skills Minister John Hayes today announced that Frank McLoughlin CBE, Principal of City and Islington College, will chair the independent Commission on adult education and vocational pedagogy.

  • Minister welcomes enterprising students from Blackpool to Parliament

    A group of enterprising teenagers enjoyed a visit to Parliament today with Business and Enterprise Minister Mark Prisk. The team from St George’s school in Blackpool won the Premier League’s Enterprise Challenge.

    The team had to come up with an idea to enhance the match day experience of supporters at a Premier League football match. Their winning entry was the creation of an interactive app of the match day programme.

    Business and Enterprise Minister Mark Prisk said:

  • The Department of Health appoints three new director generals

    The Department of Health today announced three appointments to its senior team.

    Dr Felicity Harvey CBE, currently Director of the Implementation Unit in the Cabinet Office, will take up the post of Director General for Public Health. She will lead the Department’s public health teams and will work closely with Public Health England, the NHS Commissioning Board and local government.

  • £4.17 million of red tape costs to businesses cut

    A new report published today by the Government shows that around £4 million of regulatory burdens will be cut from British businesses between January and June 2012.

    The Third Statement of New Regulation, which measures the success of the One-in, One-out rule, shows that there is a cumulative net reduction of regulation since January 2011. It also shows that the number of regulations which reduce a cost on business continue to outweigh the number which put a new cost on business.

    Business and Enterprise Minister Mark Prisk said:

  • January Market Trend Data from Land Registry

    Detailed monthly transaction information is now available in addition to the House Price Index

    January house prices up 1.1 per cent since December: average house price in England and Wales now £161,545

    To view the press release, including accompanying tables, please follow the link below.

    Head Office Lincoln’s Inn Fields London WC2A 3PH

    28 February 2012

  • Report calls for universities to be at heart of economy

    A report published today calls for universities to be at the heart of the economy to promote growth in the UK and improve the employability of our graduates.

    The former vice-chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire and HEFCE board member Professor Sir Tim Wilson was asked by the Government to undertake a review into how universities work with business to ensure graduate skills and employability meet the needs of business, and to maximise the university sector’s capabilities in business-led research and innovation.

  • Sir David Lees re-appointed Chair of Bank of England Court

    Her Majesty The Queen has approved the Chancellor and Prime Minister’s recommendation for the re-appointment of Sir David Lees as Chair of the Court of the Bank of England.

    Sir David has indicated he will step down from Court at the end of 2013, once he has overseen the transition of the Bank’s new responsibilities and personnel.

    25 February 2012

  • Transport Statistics

    The Department for Transport has today published the following Transport Statistics:

    • Sea Passenger Statistics: 2011, see

    for details.

    • Road goods vehicles travelling to mainland Europe: Q4 2011, see

    for details.

    • Driver and rider test and instructor statistics: Q3 2011/12, see

  • The Department of Health publishes the Performance and Capability Review of the Care Quality Commission

    The Department of Health today published its findings from the Performance and Capability Review of the Care Quality Commission.

  • Government responds to early student loan repayment consultation

    Following consultation, the Government has today announced there will be no charge on graduates repaying their loans early.

    In a consultation document published last June the Government asked whether there should be a charge for early repayment, and if so, what form such a charge would take. Most respondents did not favour the introduction of a charge.

    Business Secretary Dr Vince Cable said:

  • John Hayes confirms bursaries funding for trainee Further Education teachers

    Skills Minister John Hayes today set out the funding available to those undertaking initial teacher education (ITE) to teach in the Further Education (FE) and Skills sector.

  • £1 billion growth fund boost open for business

    Manufacturing industry urged to bid for extra growth funding

    From today an extra £1 billion is available to businesses seeking support to help them create new jobs and grow, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will announce.

    The funding is part of the Regional Growth Fund and takes the total fund to £2.4 billion. It will be available to businesses and public / private partnerships with ambitions to create new jobs and make a significant impact on their local economy.

  • GPs to ‘prescribe’ apps for patients

    People could soon be directed to free or cheap apps by their GPs to allow them to monitor and manage their health more effectively.

    The latest innovations in smartphone technology will help patients and the public to find and use NHS services, manage conditions and make better lifestyle choices in a way that is very convenient for them.

    It follows a call to find the best new ideas and existing smartphone apps that help people and doctors better manage care which received nearly 500 entries and over 12,600 votes and comments.

  • Better care for patients

    Patients are already benefitting from GPs starting to take a lead in designing local health services and a renewed focus on health outcomes.

    Examples from around the country highlight that during the first year of emerging clinical commissioning groups redesigning services, patients are starting to experience improvements in quality of care.

  • Government announces new Director of Fair Access

    Business Secretary Vince Cable and Universities Minister David Willetts today announced the appointment of Professor Les Ebdon as the next Director of Fair Access to Higher Education.

    Professor Les Ebdon will take over from Sir Martin Harris later this year. His role will be to safeguard fair access to higher education and widen participation amongst students from disadvantaged backgrounds, which is a vital part of the Government’s wider social mobility agenda.

    Business Secretary Vince Cable said:

  • Dame Fiona Caldicott to lead review into confidentiality and the sharing of health and social care information

    In January, the Government accepted the Future Forum’s recommendation for a review of the balance between protecting patient information and its sharing, to improve patient care. Dame Fiona Caldicott has agreed to lead this review.

  • New lenders join Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme

    Four new lenders have been accredited to offer loans to small businesses under the Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) scheme, the Government announced today.

    The EFG gives vital funding to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that lack the collateral or credit history to secure a normal bank loan.

    The four new accredited lenders are:

    • Metro Bank

    • Hull Business Development Fund

    • Black Country Reinvestment Society

    • MSIF (providing finance to SMEs in Merseyside)

  • UK welcomes new standards to combat money laundering and terrorist financing

    The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the global standard-setter in the fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism, has today agreed a new set of standards aimed at combating the global threat of money laundering, terrorist financing and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The UK supports these new standards and the need for FATF and its member countries to promote their implementation.

  • Statistical press notice: Integrated Performance Measures Return - quarterly update

    IPMR statistics were released today by the Department of Health:

    Delayed Discharges
    Access to Midwifery
    Stroke/Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA)
    NHS Health Checks

    for the quarter ending 31 December 2011

    The main findings for Q3 2011/12 were:


    • 98.6% of patients with diabetes were offered screening for diabetic retinopathy during the previous 12 months

    Delayed Transfers of Care (DToC)

  • Free training launched to boost business mentors

    An innovative online training tool has been launched to help get thousands of experienced business people mentoring small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

    The new training tool is part of the Get Mentoring scheme launched in November that is recruiting 15,000 new mentors to help entrepreneurs fulfil their potential.

  • Government appoints small business owner to advise on apprenticeships

    Skills Minister John Hayes today announced that social entrepreneur and jeweller Jason Holt will head-up an employer-led review examining what more can be done to help SMEs take on apprentices.

    Mr Holt will talk to a wide range of stakeholders about a number of issues, including improving the marketing of the apprenticeships programme to SMEs and how to cut red tape to further speed up and simplify the process of taking on and training apprentices.

  • New research professors will help treatments make the leap from the bench to the bedside

    Eight of the UK’s most promising leaders in medical health research will be awarded a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) professorship, the Government announced today.

    Each professor will receive around £1.5m of funding to conduct research into conditions that affect millions of patients across the UK. Projects that will be able to go ahead as a result of this announcement include:

  • Transport Statistics: Roads

    The Department for Transport has today published the following Transport Statistics:

    • Congestion on local authority managed ‘A’ roads: October-December 2011, see

    for details.

    • Quarterly road traffic estimates: Q4 2011, see

    for details.

    • Road traffic statistics in Great Britain (10 yearly rebasing), see