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29/11/2020
Uk Government Secures Additional 2 Million Doses Of Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine - total now 357 million dosesThumbnail for article : Uk Government Secures Additional 2 Million Doses Of Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine - total now 357 million doses
The UK now has access to a total of 357 million doses of vaccines from 7 different developers.   UK government has now secured 7 million doses of Moderna vaccine, which will be available in Europe as early as spring 2021.  
29/11/2020
Uk And France Sign New Agreement To Tackle Illegal Migration
New agreement reached by the Home Secretary and her French counterpart today to tackle migrant activity in the Channel.   The number of officers patrolling French beaches will double as a result of a new agreement reached by the Home Secretary and her French counterpart today to tackle migrant activity in the Channel.  
29/11/2020
National And International Awards To Key Meygen Site Staff.Thumbnail for article : National And International Awards To Key Meygen Site Staff.
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29/11/2020
How Leaving The EU Will Boost Scottish Farming Say David Duguid Minister For Scotland
UK Government Minister for Scotland David Duguid's letter to NFUS President, Andrew McCornick, about Scottish farming outside the EU.   Andrew McCornick President NFUS 27 November 2020 Dear Andrew, I have been disappointed to read in the media recent comments on funding for Scottish farming.  
29/11/2020
Contributing To The Paris AgreementThumbnail for article : Contributing To The Paris Agreement
The Scottish Government will set out how it intends to support the Paris Agreement goal of preventing warming of more than 1.5 degrees by publishing its own indicative Nationally Determined Contribution ahead of COP26 in Glasgow next November.   Environment and Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham announced the move today - signalling Scotland's commitment to international leadership on climate challenges.  
28/11/2020
Confused About Covid? Here's How To Read A Research Paper
Scientific evidence can be difficult to understand.  Normally we can rely on experts to interpret it for us, or the media to accurately report any interesting new discoveries, but the pandemic has challenged this.  
28/11/2020
Highland Council Ensures No Child Goes Hungry at SchoolThumbnail for article : Highland Council Ensures No Child Goes Hungry at School
A report considered at the Highland Council, Audit & Scrutiny Committee today on school meals income reported that there was significant level of historic debt regarding payment for school meals and that given the age of the debt further management action is required in order to reduce or write off the outstanding amounts due.   However, the amounts due are also reflective of the Council's proactive approach in ensuring that no child goes hungry at school.  
28/11/2020
Spending Review 2020: The Experts React
"The health emergency is not yet over, and the economic emergency has only just begun." With a global pandemic for a backdrop, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a short-term spending review for the year 2021.  With a freeze on public sector pay, an economy declining more than it has in 300 years and no mention of Brexit, experts from across the country share their reactions.  
27/11/2020
What's The Safest Way To Spend Christmas And The Festive Period?
The safest way to spend Christmas and the festive period is to stay within your own household, in your own home and your own local area.   Whilst we are providing guidance on how people can spend Christmas time with others to help prevent loneliness and isolation, our advice is that wherever possible you should keep in touch with friends and family members from other households through technology - or, if you decide to meet in person, you should minimise the numbers and duration, and if possible meet out of doors.  
27/11/2020
New Competition Regime For Tech Giants To Give Consumers More Choice And Control Over Their Data, And Ensure Businesses Are Fairly Treated
A dedicated Digital Markets Unit will be set up to introduce and enforce a new code to govern the behaviour of platforms that currently dominate the market, such as Google and Facebook.   Government to set up Digital Markets Unit to oversee a pro-competition regime for platforms including those funded by digital advertising, such as Google and Facebook.  
27/11/2020
Werritty Report Response - Additional Measures Including Licensing To Protect Birds Of Prey
Grouse shooting businesses in Scotland will need to be licensed to operate under new proposals to tackle raptor persecution.   Muirburn will also only be permitted under licence, in order to protect wildlife and habitats, regardless of the time of year it is undertaken and whether or not it is for grouse moor management or improving grazing.  
27/11/2020
Glasgow AI Experts Receive UK Government FundingThumbnail for article : Glasgow AI Experts Receive UK Government Funding
Two of Glasgow's leading scientists will develop cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology thanks to a £20 million UK Government cash boost.   The Scottish projects, at the University of Glasgow and University of Strathclyde, are among fifteen innovative projects receiving the new Turing AI fellowships as part of the UK government's ambition to establish the UK as a world leader in AI and support researchers to scale up their innovations.  
27/11/2020
Supporting Health And Social Care Staff
More than 53,000 health and social care staff have received psychological support from the National Wellbeing Hub since it was launched in May.   Established during the first phase of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the hub supports all health and social care workers, including unpaid carers, who need help due to COVID-19, alongside a new 24/7 National Wellbeing helpline.  
27/11/2020
Transforming Scotland's Convenience Store Sector
Scottish consumers are being encouraged to ‘Go Local' as part of a new initiative that will transform local convenience stores into marketplaces selling more local produce.   The initial phase of this initiative will see £100,000 invested in ten local shops to increase the space given to Scottish products, broaden the range of Scottish products offered and enhance consumer engagement with Scottish products.  
27/11/2020
Quarantine Rules Reinstated For Two Countries
Travellers arriving in Scotland from Estonia and Latvia must quarantine for 14 days at home or another address, from 4am on Saturday (28 November).   A significant increase in cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in those countries as well as a rise in the numbers of cases testing positive, and the associated risk of importation into Scotland has led to the decisions to remove exemption status.  
27/11/2020
How to avoid fake Black Friday deals - A Which Report
Don't get duped by dodgy deals this Black Friday.  Follow these tips to find out whether the ‘special offer' you've got your eye on is real.  
27/11/2020
The Spending Review - Analysis From The Institue For Fiscal StudiesThumbnail for article : The Spending Review - Analysis From The Institue For Fiscal Studies
This year's Spending Review will not be the comprehensive, multi-year review we were originally promised, but will still contain a raft of important announcements.  The Chancellor has big decisions to make - on funding for public services, the role of government investment in the economic recovery, the future of targets on defence and aid spending, and much else besides.  
27/11/2020
Futureproofing Careers
Key sectors where employment has been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will receive support through the £25 million National Transition Training Fund.   The fund will support retraining projects for careers in areas particularly hit, including aviation, construction and tourism.  
26/11/2020
National Living Wage increase to protect workers' living standardsThumbnail for article : National Living Wage increase to protect workers' living standards
Announcement of the 2021 National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates.   The Government has today announced the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates which will come into force from April 2021.  
26/11/2020
Spending Review to fight virus, deliver promises and invest in UK's recoveryThumbnail for article : Spending Review to fight virus, deliver promises and invest in UK's recovery
The UK Government will provide billions of pounds in the fight against coronavirus, deliver on the promises it has made to the British people and invest in the UK's recovery, the Chancellor announced today.   billions of pounds to help tackle Covid-19 next year increased funding to deliver stronger public services £100 billion capital spending including infrastructure to drive UK's recovery and support jobs Delivering the Spending Review, Rishi Sunak said his immediate priority was to protect people’s lives and livelihoods as the country continues to battle the outbreak - allocating £55 billion to tackle the virus next year.