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  • Bridge works signal £13 million of road investment in Gloucestershire

    The work, which starts this month and continues until August 2017, will ensure the safety and reliability of the bridges for many years to come.

    Highways England area manager Dave Sledge said:

    The programme will maintain the integrity of four M5 bridges, avoiding more costly and disruptive repairs in the future.

  • Lincolnshire firm to pay £24,300 for polluting local watercourse

    A Hughes and Son (Skellingthorpe) Ltd, Jerusalem Farm, Skellingthorpe, pleaded guilty to a breach of Environmental Permitting Regulations for allowing effluent to flow into a tributary of the Skellingthorpe Catchwater Drain, resulting in extremely high levels of ammonia in the water.

    Lincoln Magistrates’ Court heard the company, which runs a rendering plant on-site to process animal by-products into protein meal, had been negligent and failed to take reasonable care to prevent the pollution from occurring.

  • Healthcare student funding consultation launched

    Under the existing system two-thirds of people who apply to become a nurse aren’t accepted for training. The proposals will create up to 10,000 more training places by 2020, allowing universities to accept more applicants with the right qualifications than they currently do. The plans will also offer student nurses, midwives and allied health professionals typically around 25% more financial support while they study.

  • The future of funding for road maintenance


    It’s a real pleasure to be here today (7 April 2016).

    To give the keynote address on the future of funding for road maintenance.

    After all, this is a subject of vital importance to all of us – government, industry, and – above all – everyone who uses our roads.


    That importance is why the condition of the local road network is so often in the media.

  • Spring-clean your charity finances and strategy: blog

    It’s time to spring-clean your finances and strategy, Nick Mott, Head of Policy Development Guidance and Review at the Charity Commission, says.

    Nick Mott writes:

    Charities can turn all the number crunching that goes with preparing accounts for the past year into an inspiring strategy for the year ahead. And why wouldn’t you? Your supporters and beneficiaries will thank you.

  • UK announces new £4 million programme to support Ghana's general elections

    Good afternoon everyone and thank you all for sparing the time to join us in formally announcing our new Deepening Democratic Governance Programme.

  • Business Secretary confirms formal Tata Steel sale process

        Business Secretary Sajid Javid meets Tata Chairman Cyrus Mistry in Mumbai
        government will work with potential buyers and offer help
        interested parties have already come forward

    Business Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed that the formal sale process for Tata’s UK operations will begin by Monday 11 April, and the company has committed to providing sufficient time for the process to be completed.

  • Building flood resilience: minister visits innovative projects in Sheffield

    In his role as chair of the National Flood Resilience Review, Oliver Letwin saw first hand how these projects are delivering huge benefits in the area through better flood protection.

    Representatives from the Environment Agency, Natural England and Sheffield Council accompanied the minister as part of a wider fact-finding mission in Yorkshire. He assessed the damage that extreme rainfall can cause, including how our local infrastructure, cities, towns and villages stand up to severe flooding.

  • Britain's choice: economic security with the EU, or a leap into the dark

    Imagine a world where a British airline wasn’t allowed to fly between Rome and Paris; where British farmers were slapped with a tariff if they wanted to export more beef to Europe; and where great British telecoms companies and car manufacturers faced new barriers when trying to sell their goods and services to customers in Europe.

  • Electric company to pay £21,000 for release of F-gas

    Schneider Electric Ltd has today (Fri 1 April) been fined £3,000 for failing to recover a greenhouse gas that was released to the air at Stanford-le-Hope, Essex in 2013.

    Basildon Magistrates’ Court also ordered the company to pay £18,368 costs.

    The case concerned the release of sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) gas from high voltage switchgear (HVSG) (a circuit breaker) being installed at London Gateway Port.

  • Lloyds Banking Group and UKTI work together to help new exporters

    Lloyds Banking Group has today announced that it will support 25,000 first time exporters by 2020.

    This is part of a wider effort to support small and medium sized enterprises (SME) across the country. The announcement is part of the Lloyds SME Charter published today.

  • New £1.5 million funding to bring communities together

    The Near Neighbours programme - that brings together diverse communities and different faiths through a range of activities - has been awarded an additional £1.5 million of funding, Baroness Williams of Trafford announced today (4 April 2016).

    Using the infrastructure of the Church of England, Near Neighbours provides small grants and support to grassroots groups to help them run projects which bring about lasting benefits to neighbourhoods with significant religious diversity.

  • UK risks losing £1.5m Florentine table tops

    A pair of ornate Florentine pietre dure table tops are at risk of being exported from the UK unless a buyer can be found to match the asking price of £1,500,000. Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed a temporary export bar on the pair so a buyer can be found to keep them in the UK.

  • Boost for small businesses seeking finance thanks to government data sharing scheme

    Going live today (1 April 2016), the government’s small and medium sized businesses (SME) credit data sharing scheme will make it easier for new challenger banks and alternative finance providers to check credit worthiness of potential business customers. This will improve the chances of them being able to provide finance to SMEs.

  • Defence budget increases for the first time in six years

    In last summer’s Budget the government committed to increase defence spending by 0.5% above inflation every year until 2021 and continue to meet NATO’s target to spend 2% of GDP on defence for the rest of the decade.

  • Defence Secretary announces £40m Cyber Security Operations Centre

    In a move to further strengthen the UK’s cyber defences, the Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced that over £40 million will be spent on a new Cyber Security Operations Centre (CSOC). The preferred location for the centre will be at MOD Corsham.

  • Secretary of State pushes forward with growth deal for North Wales

    More than 20 heads of councils, business organisations and major employers have met with Wales Office Ministers to push forward the agenda for a growth deal in North Wales.

    Chaired by Alun Cairns and Guto Bebb, the round table at Glyndwr University in St Asaph was designed to explore what the region wants to develop as a distinct economy.

  • Government Chemist represented at Food Law in Practice Conference

    The Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) was established within the Treasury today (31 March 2016).

    OFSI will provide a high-quality service to the private sector, working closely with law enforcement to help ensure that financial sanctions are properly understood, implemented and enforced.

  • New body to support financial sanctions implementation launched

    The Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) was established within the Treasury today (31 March 2016).

    OFSI will provide a high-quality service to the private sector, working closely with law enforcement to help ensure that financial sanctions are properly understood, implemented and enforced.

  • Thousands of farmers and agents submit 2016 BPS applications early using online system

    Over 2,000 applications for 2016 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) have been completed and submitted so far, using the online Rural Payments service, the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) announced today (30 March).

    The RPA is encouraging farmers and agents to apply online now, so that they submit their applications in good time, ahead of the 16 May deadline.

    RPA Chief Executive Mark Grimshaw said:

  • Workless households fall by more than three-quarters of a million since 2010

    According to new independent figures released today (30 March 2016), there are now 764,000 fewer workless households in this country compared to 5 years ago – a fall of 20%.

    The figures also show there are 449,000 fewer children living in workless households.

    And the number of households where no one has ever worked is down by 36,000 – a fall of 10% since 2010.

    Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb said:

  • Company and director to pay over £30,000 for waste offences

    D Jordan Road Brush Hire Ltd, of Cockshot Farm, Cockshot Lane, Dormston, Worcester was sentenced for 2 offences of storage, treatment and the disposal of waste without an environmental permit. The company was fined £6,660 and ordered to pay costs of £9,767.75 and a victim surcharge of £120. It was also ordered to pay compensation of £9,350.

    These charges were brought by the Environment Agency contrary to Regulations 12 (1) and 38 of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010.

  • New government plans for 1 new home in 5 to be a starter home

    Housing sites of 10 homes or more will have to make 1 home in 5 a starter home under government proposals just published, helping more people realise their ambition of owning their own home.

    The move will support 200,000 new homes for first time buyers under 40 as part of the government’s pledge to build 1 million new homes, including affordable housing for sale, rental and private purchase.

    Starter homes will be available at a minimum 20% discount below market value, helping starter homes to be genuinely affordable for those on moderate incomes.