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12/4/2024
Former Royal Navy ships transferred to Ukraine's Navy arrive in Portsmouth for multi-national exerciseThumbnail for article : Former Royal Navy ships transferred to Ukraine's Navy arrive in Portsmouth for multi-national exercise
Detecting and disabling sea mines will be critical to ensuring the security of the Black Sea in the long-term.   Two Ukrainian minehunter ships, recently transferred from the Royal Navy to Ukraine's navy, have arrived in Portsmouth today ahead of a series of multi-national naval exercises.  
12/4/2024
Peter Hill CBE appointed as new Chair of the NDAThumbnail for article : Peter Hill CBE appointed as new Chair of the NDA
Department for Energy Security and Net Zero announces new Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Chair.   The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero has today announced that Peter Hill CBE has been appointed as Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) Chair.  
12/4/2024
UK Trade - February 2024 - Imports Down Exports UpThumbnail for article : UK Trade - February 2024 - Imports Down Exports Up
The value of goods imports decreased by £0.2 billion (0.4%) in February 2024, because of falls in fuel and chemical imports from non-EU countries.   The value of goods exports increased by £0.3 billion (0.9%) in February 2024, with a rise in exports to non-EU countries partially offset by a fall in exports to the EU.  
11/4/2024
Wrong For Pensioners To Pay Income Tax? Feat. Cristo Foufas & Narinder Kaur | Jeremy VineThumbnail for article : Wrong For Pensioners To Pay Income Tax? Feat. Cristo Foufas & Narinder Kaur | Jeremy Vine
Millions more pensioners will start paying income tax today, after an 8.5% increase to the state pension, which many had hoped would mean they had more money.   However, as the income tax threshold has been frozen it means many more could find themselves paying tax on their income.  
11/4/2024
Employers Face £15,000 To £45,000 Fines For Illegal Workers As Border Force Ramps UpThumbnail for article : Employers Face £15,000 To £45,000 Fines For Illegal Workers As Border Force Ramps Up
Twelve immigration offenders have been arrested following a Home Office raid on a bedding and mattress factory in the West Midlands.   Immigration Enforcement officers descended on the business, acting on intelligence that illegal working was taking place on site.  
11/4/2024
Major Accommodation Upgrade Completed At RAF LossiemouthThumbnail for article : Major Accommodation Upgrade Completed At RAF Lossiemouth
A significant improvement to accommodation for hundreds of personnel at RAF Lossiemouth has been completed, following the handover of Peterhead House, the seventh and final of a series of new Single Living Accommodation (SLA) blocks.   The seven blocks and accommodation hub, which provides 24-hour social areas for personnel living in the blocks, as well as office space for accommodation staff, were delivered by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) on behalf of the RAF.  
11/4/2024
New Deal For Pub Tenants - Scottish Pubs Code Will Empower Tenants Of Tied Pubs
The Scottish Government is taking action to improve the rights of tied pub tenants across the country.   A new Scottish Pubs Code will enable eligible tied pub tenants to sell a guest beer from brands that have small production levels or switch to a market rate lease under which they could purchase products from any supplier.  
11/4/2024
UK Fishing Opportunities Worth Over £970 Million Secured For 2024Thumbnail for article : UK Fishing Opportunities Worth Over £970 Million Secured For 2024
Total fishing opportunities worth over £970 million secured for the UK fishing industry for 2024.   Fishing opportunities worth over £970 million were secured for the UK fishing industry in 2024, a new report published by the government today (Wednesday 10 April) has revealed.  
11/4/2024
Working Parents On Universal Credit Set Receive Up To £20,872 A Year In Childcare SupportThumbnail for article : Working Parents On Universal Credit Set Receive Up To £20,872 A Year In Childcare Support
Parents receiving Universal Credit to receive significant boost to childcare support.   Increased support means parents who are keen to get back to work can now claim up to £109 more a month to help cover childcare costs.  
11/4/2024
UK And Ukraine Sign New Defence PactThumbnail for article : UK And Ukraine Sign New Defence Pact
The UK and Ukraine sign a new defence agreement to encourage cooperation on defence and industrial issues.   UK and Ukraine sign new arrangement on defence and industrial cooperation.  
11/4/2024
Business Is Blooming In East Africa - Uk Suspends Tariff For Flower ExportsThumbnail for article : Business Is Blooming In East Africa - Uk Suspends Tariff For Flower Exports
The UK has suspended the Global Tariff for cut flowers to increase trade and provide better value for consumers.   Thursday 11 April - From today, the UK has temporarily removed export tariffs for cut flowers, with the aim of making trade with the UK easier and cheaper for growers in East Africa and beyond.  
11/4/2024
Industry Minister Celebrates Multibillion-pound Green Tech Funding Milestone For UK Aerospace SectorThumbnail for article : Industry Minister Celebrates Multibillion-pound Green Tech Funding Milestone For UK Aerospace Sector
Industry Minister Alan Mak celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) and a landmark £3.6 billion funding milestone.   Industry Minister Alan Mak celebrates landmark 10-year anniversary for joint government-industry funded Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI).  
11/4/2024
Prime Minister Launches Retail Crime CrackdownThumbnail for article : Prime Minister Launches Retail Crime Crackdown
To the shoplifters and those abusing shopworkers, enough is enough.   Serial or abusive shoplifters will face tougher punishments as the Prime Minister sets out tough new action to crack down on retail crime and protect UK highstreets.  
11/4/2024
Orkney Receives £500k From Slf's Latest AwardsThumbnail for article : Orkney Receives £500k From Slf's Latest Awards
The grants are among 11 projects totalling £1,833,622 that have been awarded to communities across Scotland.   Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre Development Trust has been awarded £267,948 to purchase the Taversoe Hotel in Rousay, the only hospitality venue on all three islands, which they will operate as a hotel, pub, restaurant and community space.  
SRUC and HIE partnership to benefit rural economyThumbnail for article : SRUC and HIE partnership to benefit rural economy
The five-year agreement between Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) will also play a major role in contributing to regional economic growth.   The signing of the agreement, by Professor Wayne Powell, Principal and Chief Executive of SRUC, and HIE Chief Executive Stuart Black, follows the official opening of SRUC's Rural and Veterinary Innovation Centre (RAVIC), a valued addition to SRUC’s School of Veterinary Medicine, in Inverness by HRH the Princess Royal.  
11/4/2024
Net Migration Package Delivered As Family Visa TightenedThumbnail for article : Net Migration Package Delivered As Family Visa Tightened
Income required to bring family to the UK increased as final measure of package to reduce legal migration comes into force.   The Home Secretary has delivered on his promise to transform the UK's immigration system, cut unsustainable and unfair levels of migration, and ensure those arriving here do not burden the taxpayer.  
11/4/2024
Update On Passport Application FeesThumbnail for article : Update On Passport Application Fees
The government will introduce new passport fees for all applications on 11 April 2024.   The passport fee increases come into force today 11 April 2024.  
10/4/2024
Town Hall Rich List 2024 - Top Management Salaries Revealed For Councils Across UK
Town Hall Rich List 2024 marks the 17th edition of this research, first compiled in 2007.  For the past 17 years the TaxPayers' Alliance has assembled the most comprehensive list of council employees in the UK in receipt of over £100,000 in total remuneration in a single financial year.  
10/4/2024
Sean Connery, Bob Maclennan, And Maria Fyfe Among Notable Figures Who Died In 2020 And Have Been Added To The Oxford Dictionary Of National BiographyThumbnail for article : Sean Connery, Bob Maclennan, And Maria Fyfe Among Notable Figures Who Died In 2020 And Have Been Added To The Oxford Dictionary Of National Biography
Born in Edinburgh, Sir Sean Connery (1930-2020) left school at thirteen, taking a succession of labouring jobs, joining the Royal Navy, and winning a bronze medal in the Mr Universe contest before finding his metier as an actor.  Two years touring in South Pacific led to roles, small at first, in theatre and on television before he got his big break when selected by Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman to play the ‘spy' James Bond in the first film starring Ian Fleming's character, Dr No (1962).  
10/4/2024
Impact 30 - Are You A Young Business Leader Of The Future?Thumbnail for article : Impact 30 - Are You A Young Business Leader Of The Future?
Are you aged 35 or under, based in the Highlands and Islands and working in an enterprise less than five years old? Do you know about IMPACT30, a programme designed to develop young business leaders of the future? IMPACT 30 is a custom-designed, fully-funded, 12-month programme, IMPACT30 works with young entrepreneurs to help them make an impact in their industry.   WHAT IT IS? IMPACT30 is a programme designed to develop young business leaders of the future.