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  • David Willetts launches Research Council impact reports

    Universities and Science Minister David Willetts today released a series of reports on the impact of Research Council funding during a speech at Policy Exchange. This includes a report from Research Councils UK and individual reports from the seven individual Research Councils.

    David Willetts said:

  • David Willetts speech – Our hi-tech future – Policy Exchange, Westminster, 4 January 2012

    In a speech at Policy Exchange, Universities and Science Minister David Willetts argued that our greatest national assets - our universities, our science facilities and researchers - are the best single hope for making our way in the high-tech world of the future, creating jobs and opportunities and boosting high tech economic growth.

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  • New manufacturing advisory service launched

    A new national programme which will focus on helping small and medium manufacturing businesses to grow has officially launched, Business Minister Mark Prisk and the Manufacturing Advisory Consortium (MAC) announced today.

  • Patient champions receive funding boost

    The future local champions for patients and the public have been given a £3.5m funding boost, Secretary of State for Health Andrew Lansley announced today.

    From next year, an additional £3.2m will be made available to local authorities to establish Local Healthwatch, the new local health bodies set to replace Local Involvement Networks.

  • Three million lives will be improved through hi tech health project

    Three million lives could be improved across England thanks to new high-tech healthcare. After seeing the technology in practice in Cornwall today, Care Services Minister Paul Burstow, has pledged to make it available to more people with long term conditions.

  • Half of all smokers underestimate the health and financial impacts of smoking

    As millions of New Year’s resolutions are made today, new NHS Smokefree research1 reveals that many smokers are largely underestimating how damaging smoking is to their personal health and finances.

    The research shows:

    • More than half (53%) of smokers underestimate the number of people who die annually from smoking related diseases by at least 70,000 (the actual figure is over 80,000 deaths a year in England as a result of smoking).

  • Super deals for healthier meals

    A nation-wide campaign to help us all plan affordable healthier meals was launched today by the Public Health Minister Anne Milton and TV chef Ainsley Harriott.

    Change4Life’s New Year’s new Supermeals campaign will offer money off healthy ingredients, such as fruit and veg and low fat yoghurts, across over a thousand supermarket stores up and down the country.

  • November house prices up 0.3 per cent since October: average house price in England and Wales now £160,780

    The November data from Land Registry's flagship House Price Index shows an annual price decrease of 1.9 per cent which takes the average property value in England and Wales to £160,780. The monthly change from October to November is an increase of 0.3 per cent.

  • Winter surge in patients going online for trusted health information

    There has been a record surge in people going online for trusted health information and advice over the winter period, according to new figures from NHS Choices and NHS Direct.

    Daily visits to the NHS Choices website from October to the end of December were up 56 per cent compared to the same time last year, despite lower levels of flu so far this year. This equates to 133,000 more visits a day this year (368,000), in contrast with the same period in 2010, in which there were 235,000 visits a day.

  • Generation Y turns to Debt Relief Orders to deal with debt

    More people aged between 25 and 34 are turning to Debt Relief Orders (DROs) to deal with their debt problems than any other age group within the population, Insolvency Service figures show.

    The figures, taken from a preliminary analysis of 44,000 DROs in England and Wales over the first two years since their introduction (April 2009), show that one in four people with DROs fall within this age group.

  • Government Awards Police Forces £2.7m to Tackle Motorway Closures West Mercia

    Drivers across England are to benefit from shorter motorway closures after crashes thanks to the roll-out of 3D laser scanning technology funded by the Government and police, Roads Minister Mike Penning announced today.

    The Department for Transport has awarded 27 police forces across England a total of £2.7million. The funding, together with police and the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) contributions, will enable them to purchase 37 scanners.

  • Call for a WEEE bit of recycling this Christmas

    Whether it’s the latest must-have gadget for the kids or a new gizmo for the kitchen, Christmas will see a huge surge in the number of small electrical goods bought for the home. However three quarters of old electrical items such as MP3 players, kettles, cameras and coffee makers will end up in landfill. While an estimated 1.3 million electrical items will be thrown away in 2012.

  • British Government to bring forward legislation to tackle excessive card surcharges

    The Government is today announcing that it will take action to tackle excessive card surcharges that are opaque, misleading and prevent consumers getting a good deal. Following the Office of Fair Trading’s recommendations, the Government will:

    • Ban excessive surcharges on all forms of payment, not just debit cards;
    • Extend the ban across most retail sectors, not just transport; and
    • Become the first European country to act by implementing forthcoming European legislation early to ban this practice before the end of 2012.

  • Andrew Haines reappointed as Chief Executive of the Civil Aviation Authority

    The Secretary of State for Transport, Justine Greening, has reappointed Andrew Haines as Chief Executive of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for a further five years.

  • Land Registry review of property information for England & Wales 2011

    As the only organisation to register property sales throughout England and Wales, Land Registry is in a unique position to provide an overview of the property market in 2011.

    As Land Registry approaches its 150th anniversary in 2012, it marks a century and a half of safeguarding ownership of many billions of pounds worth of property, and providing peace of mind to home-owners about the reliability of the Land Register.

    The following information is for January to November inclusive1 :

  • NHS on track to deliver savings to reinvest in care

    The official report on NHS performance shows the NHS is on track to deliver up to £5.9bn savings this financial year whilst maintaining or improving quality of services. Every penny saved will be reinvested in patient care.

    The Quarter 2 report, published today, shows that of the eight key quality areas highlighted, all have been maintained or improved. In particular the NHS has reduced MRSA and C. difficile infection rates as well as driving down breach rates for mixed sex accommodation.

  • Department of Health moves to life course approach and streamlines its communications agencies

    In a bid to improve the communication of public health messages to help people live healthy lives and to increase the efficiency of its campaigns, the Department of Health has streamlined its agency operation.

    From 1 January, one agency - Freud Communications – will manage creative PR around all the Department’s public health campaigns. And one agency – MEC – will manage media planning.

  • HMRC response to PAC Report

    HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has today responded to the report of the Public Accounts Committee into tax disputes. An HMRC spokesman said:

    “HM Revenue & Customs rejects the conclusion of the Public Accounts Committee that there are systemic failures in the management of tax disputes. The report is based on partial information, inaccurate opinion and some misunderstanding of facts.

  • Future of wave hub is secured

    The offshore marine energy project in Cornwall, which allows developers to test new wave energy technology, will be taken on by the Government to secure its future as a vital part of the UK's green energy sources.

    The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) will take over ownership of the Wave Hub asset from the South West Regional Development Agency (RDA) on the 1 January 2012.

  • UK Export Finance demonstrates its commitment to Libyan reconstruction

    UK Export Finance has increased its risk capacity for Libya to £375 million – up from the £150 million made available immediately after hostilities ended in September.

    The increase was announced by the Minister for Trade, Lord Green, at the UK TI conference Rebuilding Libya: The Opportunities for British Business.

    UK Export Finance chief economist Paul Radford said:

  • Government sets out plans to reform the structure of banking in the UK

    The Government is today publishing its response to the report by the Independent Commission on Banking (ICB), which sets out plans to fundamentally reform the structure of banking in the UK. This response agrees with the ICB’s recommendations and outlines how the Government will legislate to create a stable banking sector that supports lending to businesses and families, and removes the implicit taxpayer guarantee in the event of a bank failure.

  • Cities Minister visits Newcastle to discuss new deal for growth

    Cities Minister Greg Clark will visit Newcastle today to continue talks on forging a new city deal in the area.

    The Government announced last week that England’s largest cities, including Newcastle, are being offered new powers as the basis of bespoke city deals.

    Government will free cities from Whitehall control in a number of areas to give local communities more flexibility, access to new opportunities and help to stimulate growth across the country.

  • Government sets out strategy for helping young people access education, training and work

    The Government has today published plans to increase the participation of 16-24 year olds in education, training and work.

    ‘Building Engagement, Building Futures' sets out the Government's strategy to improve the opportunities for young people, so they can succeed in education and training and gain the skills they need to secure an apprenticeship or employment. It includes radical reforms to schools, vocational education, skills and welfare provision.

  • Ministers meet at Stormont to discuss rebalancing the Northern Ireland Economy

    Ministers from the UK Government and Northern Ireland Executive (NIE) have met today for the first meeting of the Ministerial Working Group on Rebalancing the Northern Ireland Economy. The group has agreed a work programme for the coming months aimed at examining in detail issues raised during the course of the recent Government consultation, the formal response to which will be published before Christmas