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13/7/2024
Economic Impact Of Forestry - Sector Brings £1.1 Billion AnnuallyThumbnail for article : Economic Impact Of Forestry - Sector Brings £1.1 Billion Annually
Scotland's forestry contributes £1.1 billion to the economy each year and supports more than 34,000 jobs, a new report has found.   The independent study, commissioned by Scottish Forestry, notes that the industry directly employs 10,380 people, with a further 5,630 working across wood processing and forest activities, and 18,130 in forestry-related tourism.  
12/7/2024
Almost Two-in-five Large Families Are Now Affected By The Two-child Limit - And The Majority Are Set To Fall Into Poverty When The Policy Is Fully Rolled Out
Around 38 per cent of all large families (with at least three children) were affected by the two-child limit on benefit support in April 2024, and the policy is set to push the majority of large families below the poverty line by the end of the parliament, the Resolution Foundation said on Thursday 11 July 2024 in response to new DWP data.   450,000 families were affected by the two-child limit in April 2024, up from just 70,000 in 2018.  
12/7/2024
AI Supercharges Data Center Energy Use - Straining The Grid And Slowing Sustainability EffortsThumbnail for article : AI Supercharges Data Center Energy Use - Straining The Grid And Slowing Sustainability Efforts
The artificial intelligence boom has had such a profound effect on big tech companies that their energy consumption, and with it their carbon emissions, have surged.   The spectacular success of large language models such as ChatGPT has helped fuel this growth in energy demand.  
12/7/2024
New Appointments To Drive Prototype Fusion Energy Plant DeliveryThumbnail for article : New Appointments To Drive Prototype Fusion Energy Plant Delivery
UK Industrial Fusion Solutions Ltd (UKIFS) announces the appointment of new Non-Executive Directors to its Board.   UK Industrial Fusion Solutions Ltd (UKIFS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kaveh Pourteymour, Julie Nerney and Dr Luc Bardin as Non-Executive Directors to its Board in support of the delivery of the UK's prototype fusion energy plant.  
12/7/2024
Science Minister Outlines Open-arms Approach To International Science At G7 Ministerial With Several New AgreementsThumbnail for article : Science Minister Outlines Open-arms Approach To International Science At G7 Ministerial With Several New Agreements
Science Minister declares UK science and technology "open for business" as he was meets counterparts at the G7 Science and Technology Ministerial in Italy.   Government takes first step to reset ties with key allies at G7 Science and Technology Ministerial in Bologna, Italy.  
12/7/2024
Over £7 Million To Support Electric Vehicle InfrastructureThumbnail for article : Over £7 Million To Support Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
The Scottish Government is providing over £7 million across Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, The Highland Council, Moray Council and Dundee City Council to encourage greater private investment in the electric vehicle (EV) charging network.   In line with the Scottish Government's vision for the public electric vehicle charging network, significant private investment will be required to grow the network and pace and scale.  
12/7/2024
Back To Work Plan Will Help Drive Economic Growth In Every RegionThumbnail for article : Back To Work Plan Will Help Drive Economic Growth In Every Region
On a visit to Leeds Work and Pensions Secretary Liz Kendall will (Thursday 11 July) confirm the Government's commitments to its manifesto Back to Work Plan, and say tackling economic inactivity is central to the Government's number one mission of growing the economy.   New Work and Pensions Secretary today sets out how the Government’s Back to Work Plan is critical to growing the economy.  
12/7/2024
Independent Investigation Ordered Into State Of NHSThumbnail for article : Independent Investigation Ordered Into State Of NHS
Professor Lord Darzi appointed to establish the state of the nation's health service.   Report will provide ‘raw and honest assessment' of issues facing health service Work will be led by Rt Hon Professor Lord Darzi, OM, KBE, a lifelong surgeon and innovator, independent peer and former health minister Findings will feed into government's 10-year plan to radically reform the nation's health service Health and Social Care Secretary, Wes Streeting, has ordered a full and independent investigation into the state of the NHS, to uncover the extent of the issues facing the nation's health service.  
12/7/2024
Improved Treatment Of Grocery Suppliers Despite Poor Amazon Performance
Fewer grocery suppliers are experiencing issues, the Groceries Code Adjudicator's (GCA) 2024 annual survey reveals [11 July 2024].  However, less than half of respondents directly supplying Amazon believed that it consistently or mostly complies with the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (the Code).  
12/7/2024
What A House Of Commons With Fewer Privately Educated MPs Could Mean For The UKThumbnail for article : What A House Of Commons With Fewer Privately Educated MPs Could Mean For The UK
Elected leaders and representatives across democracies tend to be old, wealthy, male and belong to the ethnic majority of their respective countries.  This lack of diversity is a problem: it suggests that those who govern are out of step with the broader society that they seek to represent.  
12/7/2024
Security Industry Authority Publishes Business Approval Scheme Consultation FindingsThumbnail for article : Security Industry Authority Publishes Business Approval Scheme Consultation Findings
The Security Industry Authority (SIA) has (11 July) published the findings from its public consultation on the future of its business approval scheme.   The consultation ran from 22 February to 8 April 2024.  
12/7/2024
Banking Complaints Hit A 10-year HighThumbnail for article : Banking Complaints Hit A 10-year High
The Financial Ombudsman has reported that complaints about the banking sector are at their highest level in at least a decade.   Concerns about current accounts, credit cards and fraud and scams have driven a significant increase in banking and payment complaints.  
12/7/2024
Delivery Scams - Trading StandardsThumbnail for article : Delivery Scams - Trading Standards
There are regular reports of delivery scams, with 55% of respondents to last year's Big Scottish Scam Survey having experienced a delivery scam in the past year.   One scam text message (shown on the left) says that 'Steven' attempted to deliver to you at 14:23pm.  
12/7/2024
Britain Desperately Needs More Family Homes - A Tax Cut Might Help Encourage Older People To DownsizeThumbnail for article : Britain Desperately Needs More Family Homes - A Tax Cut Might Help Encourage Older People To Downsize
The UK's current housing crisis manifests in several ways, with inadequate numbers of new homes (especially affordable ones), high house prices and rising rents.   There are major affordability problems especially for young people, and growing inequalities with older and retired homeowners, as they amass substantial additional wealth through rising house prices.  
12/7/2024
Panic Buttons - Phone Scams -Trading StandardsThumbnail for article : Panic Buttons -  Phone Scams -Trading Standards
There have been several recent reports of phone scams where a cold caller says they work for the NHS or a local health team and offers to install a panic button in the resident's property.   They ask for personal and card details, supposedly to cover a £1 'installation fee'.  
12/7/2024
The Chancellor Has Tied Her Own Hands With Her Fiscal Rules - Here's Why She Should Change ThemThumbnail for article : The Chancellor Has Tied Her Own Hands With Her Fiscal Rules - Here's Why She Should Change Them
The new government has made boosting economic growth its central goal.  Chancellor Rachel Reeves wasted no time in announcing changes to the planning system designed to encourage more housebuilding and infrastructure investment.  
12/7/2024
A Four-day Week Can Work - If Staff And Employers Can Deal With The ChallengesThumbnail for article : A Four-day Week Can Work - If Staff And Employers Can Deal With The Challenges
It sounds like a dream for many people currently working five days a week: how about just doing four days and having a long weekend? When the weekends feel too short and the pressure of holding down a full-time job pushes workers to the limit, a four-day working week may appear very attractive.  How does this happen in practice though, and can it become commonplace? Well, recent news about four-day working week trials show different outcomes.  
12/7/2024
Investment Scams - Cryptocurrency - Trading StandardsThumbnail for article : Investment Scams - Cryptocurrency - Trading Standards
The number of reported investment scams relating to social media platforms has trebled since 2019, with total losses rising from £13m to £75 million.   66% of investment scam cases begin on social media, with Instagram and Facebook as the most common sources.  
12/7/2024
HMRC Scams - Trading StandardsThumbnail for article : HMRC Scams - Trading Standards
HMRC is warning customers to be wary of scam emails, texts and phone calls in the run up to the Self Assessment deadline on 31 July.   HMRC received over 202,000 reports of suspicious messages about tax last year, of which over 74,000 were offering bogus tax rebates.  
12/7/2024
Voter Turnout Lowest In Decades - An Expected Result And Electoral Rules May Have Played A RoleThumbnail for article : Voter Turnout Lowest In Decades - An Expected Result And Electoral Rules May Have Played A Role
Labour won the 2024 election by a landslide.  But a significant story from the night's results was the low turnout across the nation - the lowest since 2001.