The Department for International Development is leading a new multi-donor access to finance programme which will make £13.5 million available to expand access to banking services, advice, savings and credit facilities in Mozambique so that the sector works better for consumers.
Foreign Office Minister for Africa, Mark Simmonds, today spoke to over 500 delegates at the UK/Cameroon Investment Forum, organised by Developing Markets Associates held at Church House.
The company was fined £7,500 and ordered to pay £2,232.60 in costs, along with a £15 victim surcharge.
The charges were brought by the Environment Agency under Regulation 38(1)(a) and Regulation 12(1)(b) of the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010.
Northumbrian Water Ltd has been fined a total of £30,000 for two sewage pollution incidents that happened last year.
In two separate cases that were both heard before Peterlee Magistrates’ Court on 22 April, the water company admitted and was sentenced for two offences of discharging polluted matter into watercourses.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles today (22 April 2014) announced a £120 million infrastructure investment plan to bring businesses and jobs to the Sheffield area on a visit to the local enterprise zone.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin visited Birmingham New Street today (22 April 2014) to see progress on a £600 million project to transform it into one of the country’s flagship rail stations and help highlight more than 200 more infrastructure projects due to start this year.
A Chesterfield skip hire and scrap metal firm has been fined £16,000 for illegally disposing of waste by burning it.
Richard Fletcher (Metals) Ltd, based at Newbridge Lane, Old Whittington, Chesterfield, was sentenced by North East Derbyshire & Dales Magistrates on 16 April following an Environment Agency investigation.
The transformation of rail travel on the key intercity route between London and Scotland has taken a major step forward after Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin confirmed today (16 April 2014) that funding had been secured to build a new fleet of state-of-the-art trains.
Under the new £2.7 billion contract, nearly 500 new carriages will be manufactured at Hitachi Rail Europe’s purpose-built factory in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, in a deal that will create hundreds of local jobs.
The UK government announced on 6 March that the Independent Living Fund (ILF) will close on 30 June 2015, with the funding and responsibility for ILFrecipients being transferred to local authorities in England and the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
The Scottish government has announced that, from 1 July 2015, it will establish a Scottish Independent Living Fund (SILF) to protect the funding of existing users in Scotland.
The UK will launch its first ever development impact bond to improve healthcare in Africa by bringing together private and public investment, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced.
The investment by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to refurbish chairs, mattress covers, bed linen and curtains across the fleet will secure more than 200 jobs at Lang & Potter.
New materials and colours schemes will be used to improve recreational and living areas for crews, who can be at sea for up to 180 days at a time.
The MOD’s Chief of Materiel (Fleet), Vice Admiral Simon Lister, said:
Brian Murray, Ross Bell, Lonnie Smith and Gary Salter, all from Kent, committed the multi-million pound fraud, claiming fraudulent VATrepayments for mobile phones and computer chips imported from Europe and the United States.
Ipswich Magistrates’ Court heard today (Tues 1) that the company responsible had failed to manage and operate its waste oil treatment site under the terms of its permit.
Eco Oil Ltd was fined a total of £30,000 and ordered to pay full costs of £6,569 as well as a victim surcharge of £120.
‘Defra: Better for Business’, published by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (defra), confirms plans for 336 regulatory reforms, which aim to ensure the UK’s very high welfare, environmental and food quality standards are upheld and remove unnecessary regulatory burden on business. The main developments can be viewed here on an infographic.
Transport links into Portsmouth have been boosted thanks to a new £12.6 million Northern Road Bridge which was officially opened by Transport Minister Baroness Kramer on Thursday 10 April 2014.