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21/5/2024
British AI Pioneers Share £1 Million In Prizes As Government Unveils Inaugural Manchester Prize FinalistsThumbnail for article : British AI Pioneers Share £1 Million In Prizes As Government Unveils Inaugural Manchester Prize Finalists
Ten teams from across the country have been chosen as finalists of the inaugural Manchester Prize.   Ten teams driving forward the next AI innovations in energy and the environment awarded £100,000 each to develop their solutions.  
21/5/2024
Community Action To Reach Net Zero - £5.5 Million For Scotland's Climate Action Hubs
Communities will receive a share of up to £5.5 million Scottish Government funding to help reduce their emissions and improve resilience in the face of climate change.   The funding, for 2024-25, will support Scotland's network of 20 Community Climate Action Hubs, which encourage and support climate action.  
21/5/2024
New Technology To Help Identify Invasive SpeciesThumbnail for article : New Technology To Help Identify Invasive Species
The National Fisheries Laboratory has seen crucial developments on how species like Prussian carp and topmouth gudgeon can be controlled.   As the 2024 invasive species week commences, the Environment Agency has announced the introduction of new technology to help further identify invasive non-native species in UK waters.  
21/5/2024
Labour's Plans To Improve The Legislative Process Are Welcome, But Government Is About More Than Law MakingThumbnail for article : Labour's Plans To Improve The Legislative Process Are Welcome, But Government Is About More Than Law Making
Speaking at the IfG, the Shadow Leader of the House set out Labour's plans to improve the legislative process and parliamentary standards, should it win the next election.  But in government Lucy Powell's job would be as much to resist legislation as to facilitate it, says Hannah White To a Leader of the House, charged with organising and delivering a government’s legislative programme, there is a danger that the route to meeting every policy objective is seen through the prism of legislation.  
21/5/2024
Planning Red Tape Slashed For Farmers In England
Planning rules coming into force today make it easier to convert unused farm buildings into new homes, farm shops and gyms.   Farmers will be able to convert their unused buildings into new homes and shops thanks to new planning laws coming into effect today.  
21/5/2024
Prime Minister Announces New Funding To Stop The Boats With Illegal Migration At Record Levels
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will meet Austrian Chancellor Nehammer in Vienna today [Tuesday 21 May 2024] to discuss illegal migration.   Prime Minister and Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer to hold talks in Vienna on illegal migration.  
21/5/2024
The Uk Has Surged To Become One Of The Biggest Exporters In The World - But This Isn't All Good NewsThumbnail for article : The Uk Has Surged To Become One Of The Biggest Exporters In The World - But This Isn't All Good News
The UK's rise to become the world's fourth largest exporter sparked a wave of celebration among the country's policymakers, politicians and trade analysts.  According to new data, the UK overtook major economies like France, the Netherlands and Japan, and sat behind only China, the US and Germany in 2022 with US$1.02 trillion (£808 billion) in exports.  
21/5/2024
Expanded And Improved Sustainable Farming Incentive Offer For Farmers
Expanded Sustainable Farming Incentive offer from July will give the sector a clear path forward and boost farm business resilience.   Full details of the expanded and improved Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) offer available to farmers from July have been published by the government today (Tuesday 21 May).  
21/5/2024
National Drugs Mission Funding - Residential Rehabilitation Projects Among Those Awarded £3.6 Million
Fourteen drugs support projects, which will help save and improve lives as part of the Scottish Government's National Mission on Drugs, have been awarded funding which will ensure key frontline services continue to support those dealing with problematic drug use.   Ten projects will receive continuation funding of £2.6 million, with four new residential rehabilitation initiatives receiving £1 million.  
21/5/2024
Britain Is Not As Broken As Everyone Seems To ThinkThumbnail for article : Britain Is Not As Broken As Everyone Seems To Think
According to many politicians and commentators, the UK is in a very sorry state.  Ahead of the general election expected this year, Labour leader Keir Starmer has pledged to "fix broken Britain".  
21/5/2024
Inflation Is Tumbling This Week - Richard MurphyThumbnail for article : Inflation Is Tumbling This Week - Richard Murphy
This week's inflation data will show what I have predicted for a long time — that without any help from the Bank of England, Rishi Sunak, or Jeremy Hunt, inflation is going to be back down to 2 per cent.   The inflationary shocks resulting from the start of the Ukraine war two years ago have worked through the system, and price increases have returned to a normal level.  
21/5/2024
Britain's Railways Were Never Properly Privatised - Here's How They Could Return To Greater Public ControlThumbnail for article : Britain's Railways Were Never Properly Privatised - Here's How They Could Return To Greater Public Control
Railway travel is a strange thing.  There are some journeys that are undertaken for pleasure - particularly on steam trains - but the vast majority happen because people need to get somewhere.  
21/5/2024
PM statement on the Infected Blood Inquiry: 20 May 2024Thumbnail for article : PM statement on the Infected Blood Inquiry: 20 May 2024
Mr Speaker, Sir Brian Langstaff has today published the final report of the Infected Blood Inquiry.   This is a day of shame for the British state.  
21/5/2024
AI Technology To Help Cut Cancer Waiting Lists
Game-changing AI technology will be rolled out to all radiography departments in England in a matter of weeks - backed by £15.5 million in new Government funding.   Game-changing AI technology rolled out to all radiography departments.  
21/5/2024
Don't Lose Out - Extend Child Benefit For Your 16 To 19 Year Old
How to claim Child Benefit if your child is continuing in further education after their GCSEs.   More than a million parents will receive reminders from this week to extend Child Benefit for their teenagers if they are continuing their education or training after their GCSEs.  
20/5/2024
Chief Plant Health Officer Urges Increased Asian Hornet VigilanceThumbnail for article : Chief Plant Health Officer Urges Increased Asian Hornet Vigilance
Call for public and UK beekeepers to keep watch and report any sightings of Asian hornets this summer.   The UK's Chief Plant Health Officer Professor Nicola Spence is today (Monday 20 May) urging UK beekeepers and the public to be increasingly vigilant to the presence of Asian hornet and report any sightings as we move into the peak summer season.  
20/5/2024
Export Of Live Animals Banned From TodayThumbnail for article : Export Of Live Animals Banned From Today
A new ban on exporting live animals came into law today (Monday 20 May) as the Animal Welfare (Livestock Exports) Act received Royal Assent, capitalising on a post-Brexit freedoms and bolstering the UK's position as a world leader in animal welfare standards.   The legislation delivers on a key manifesto commitment to ban the export of live animals including cattle, sheep, and pigs for slaughter and fattening from Great Britain.  
20/5/2024
Support For Start-up Businesses
Extra investment to grow and nurture high-growth businesses and entrepreneurs has been announced.   The £5 million package will help deliver end-to-end support for Scotland's start-up companies.  
20/5/2024
New Independent Institute To Steer UK Semiconductor Innovation And Support Semiconductor StrategyThumbnail for article : New Independent Institute To Steer UK Semiconductor Innovation And Support Semiconductor Strategy
UK Semiconductor Institute announced to support key components of the government's Semiconductor Strategy.   a new independent institute will be tasked with building on government's £1 billion strategy to grow the semiconductor sector with independence from government, the Institute will promote the voice of industry.  
20/5/2024
Update On Driver CPC ReformsThumbnail for article : Update On Driver CPC Reforms
The regulations have been laid in parliament for the planned reforms to Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).   The recommendations were made following a consultation with the vocational driving industry, you can read more details about the recommended reforms on GOV.UK.