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NEWS | Published November 7th 2021, 2:02 pm

Prime Minister urges countries to make bold compromises and ambitious commitments in final week of COP26

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is urging countries to keep up the momentum on the fight against climate change in the week ahead at the COP26 summit.

NEWS | Published November 7th 2021, 1:01 pm

US-UK Strategic Energy Dialogue launch: partnering to accelerate global clean energy transition at COP26

UK Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng met with US Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm at the UN COP26 summit in Glasgow, where they discussed strengthening cooperation to accelerate the global transition to clean energy and build back better ambitions.

NEWS | Published November 6th 2021, 12:12 pm

Historic Kew Gardens collection to go digital in major boost for climate change research

The government is to fund £15 million digitisation of the Herbarium at Kew Gardens in major boost to “revolutionise” climate change research during opening week of COP26.

NEWS | Published November 6th 2021, 8:08 am

£46 million from new fund to support skills and business in Wales

More than 160 projects across Wales will receive a share of more than £46m to help people into work, boost productivity and deliver net zero.

NEWS | Published November 5th 2021, 8:08 am

New campaign to 'Stop COVID-19 hanging around'

A new campaign launches today (Friday 5 November) across digital channels, radio stations and newspapers, demonstrating the importance of simple ventilation techniques to reduce the risks of catching COVID-19 this winter.

NEWS | Published May 19th 2021, 9:05 am

Government announce plans for levelling up of the country

The UK government have released a statement looking at the plans for levelling up the country outside of London. As the UK seeks to ‘Build Back Better’ from the restrictions placed upon the economy by the outbreak of Covid-19, the government are looking at a wide range of proposals.

NEWS | Published May 14th 2021, 1:03 pm

State schools with Reception class to be offered Early Years language classes

Every state school with a Reception class in England can now apply for training and resources through an early years catch-up programme funded by the Government, to support thousands more pupils with vital communication skills.

NEWS | Published May 11th 2021, 2:02 pm

NHS App to show vaccination status for international travel

From Monday 17 May, the NHS app will be used to show a persons vaccination status if they have had both doses of the vaccination. The NHS app is separate from the NHS Covid-19 app which is used by contact tracing. The government is advising people to register for the app at-least two weeks before attempting to travel.

NEWS | Published May 9th 2021, 12:12 pm

Recycling collections to made more consistent and plastic bag charge goes up to 10p

Under new proposals released by Environment Secretary George Eustice, every home in England will see a boost to recycling. In an effort to protect the environment and to keep with targets set to eliminate all ‘avoidable waste’ by 2026.

NEWS | Published May 8th 2021, 8:08 am

Grant Schapps announces green list of travel destination

On May 17th, the rules around foreign travel are being relaxed to allow people in England to take foreign holidays. The travel and hospitality industries had been looking forward to the announcement of which countries would be on the green list, meaning that visitors would be able to visit without having to quarantine upon their return.

NEWS | Published May 7th 2021, 8:08 am

Hartlepool by-election: Conservatives secure seat for first time in 50 year history

The Conservatives have won the Hartlepool by-election by 15,529 vote to Labours 8,859. It is the first time since the seat has been won since it was created in 1974. Jill Mortimer, the Tory candidate has overturned a labour majority of 3,600 to soo n become the first Conservative MP for the constituency.

NEWS | Published May 4th 2021, 2:02 pm

Leaders Council Chairman, Lord Blunkett, set to be opening speaker for Inaugural Right2Learn conference

Right2Learn (R2L), are a campaign group that seeks to show how important properly funded lifelong learning is to the life chances of millions. The group was formed after the publication of the findings from the 2019 Lifelong Learning Commission called for everyone of any age and background to have access to properly funded education.

NEWS | Published May 3rd 2021, 7:07 am

G7 commits to $15 billion in finance to help women in developing countries

G7 Foreign and Development Ministers meeting in London this week will invest $15 billion in development finance over the next two years to help women in developing countries access jobs, build resilient businesses and respond to the devastating economic impacts of COVID-19.

NEWS | Published May 1st 2021, 2:02 pm

Rules around investment and mergers of companies strengthened

Royal Assent has been granted to landmark bill, strengthening the governments ability to investigate mergers and deals that could threaten national security. The National Security and Investment Act will protect the public from malicious investment and makes the UK a more attractive place to invest with clarity and transparency.

NEWS | Published May 1st 2021, 10:10 am

Prime Minister issues statement reflecting on the last parliamentary session

The government have released a statement reflecting on the last parliamentary session. The last parliamentary session was started in October 2019 was extended to deal with the outbreak of Covid-19. Any plans that the government had at the start of the session have been skewed by the worldwide pandemic and the overwhelming response to save lives and livelihoods.

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