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30 August

Press release: PM and Jean-Claude Juncker meeting: August 2014

Following the meeting, a Downing Street spokesperson said:

The Prime Minister met with the Commission President-Elect Jean-Claude Juncker earlier today in Brussels.

They discussed the formation...

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Policy paper: NATO by numbers

Key facts about the NATO Summit Wales 2014.

For the latest updates visit the NATO Summit Wales 2014 homepage and @NATOWales on Twitter.

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Open consultation: The right to challenge parking policies

The government wants to make it easier for local residents and firms to challenge unfair, disproportionate or unreasonable parking policies. This could include the provision of parking, parking charges and the...

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Correspondence: NHS Very Senior Managers pay review for 2015 to 2016

Letter from Health Minister Dan Poulter to the Chair of the SSRB about the pay review for NHS Very Senior Managers (VSM) for 2015 to 2016.

He invites comments on the findings of the review of the 2012...

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Correspondence: Agenda for Change pay system for NHS staff: 2015 to 2016

Letter from Health Minister Dan Poulter to the chair of the NHS Pay Review Body. He seeks views on how the NHS can deliver health care services every day of the week within the existing the AfC pay system. Read more. (cached), Summary and Comments (0), Email this. First seen at 02:31, 30 August

Press release: Right to challenge yellow lines and unfair parking charges

A new right could allow local residents or local firms to raise-up a petition that will require a council review of the use of yellow lines and unfair parking charges, Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles ...

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Press release: NATO jets to soar across Welsh skies in Summit flypast

The RAF’s Red Arrows will be joined by aircraft from across the NATO alliance for the flypast over the summit at the Celtic Manor resort on Friday 5 September at 9am.

Local residents in Cardiff should...

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Press release: 285,000 working couples eligible for shared parental leave

Couples finding out now that they are expecting a child will be among the first parents eligible to take advantage of new shared parental leave rights.

The new rules, which apply to couples whose babies...

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29 August

Speech: "The UK welcomes Kosovo’s continued progress both internally and on the international stage"

I thank the Secretary General’s Special Representative for Kosovo, Mr Farid Zarif for his briefing today, not least of all because it is very late for you now, and the Secretary General’s quarterly report. I ...

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Speech: Threat level from international terrorism raised: PM press statement

Good afternoon. Earlier today the Home Secretary confirmed that the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre has increased the threat level in the United Kingdom from ‘substantial’ to ‘severe’. This is the first time...

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Guidance: Brazil – Consular Fees

Updated: Attachment updated.

A full list of Consular fees

Brazil Consular Fees - 08/2014

PDF, 227KB, 2 pages

This file may...
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Press release: Foreign Office Minister welcomes UNSC statement on Yemen

Speaking today Mr Ellwood said,

I welcome today’s Presidential Statement from the UN Security Council on the situation in Yemen. The political transition has made important progress in recent months...

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News story: Syria crisis: Latest updates on UK aid

Updated: Updated programme summary PDF released on 29 August 2014

The crisis in Syria is gravely concerning. Hundreds of people are being killed or wounded every day and millions have been forced to flee...

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Government response: Justine Greening welcomes new UN resolution to protect aid workers

I’m proud that Britain has secured this landmark UN Security Council resolution on the protection of humanitarian workers. It urges countries to ensure the safety of aid workers, condemns the use of violence...

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Guidance: Ebola: advice and risk assessment for educational, childcare and young persons’ settings

Updated: Updated guidance.

This guidance provides an algorithm for the assessment of unwell children in educational, childcare and young persons’ settings, assist the public health response and ensure the...

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Decision: South Wilts Grammar School for Girls

Decision reference: ADA2676

Type of decision: objection to admission arrangements - not upheld

School type: academy

School phase: secondary

Local authority: Wiltshire County Council...

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Guidance: Supporting visa documents for summer and winter schools: Chinese

Updated: Updated document.

Use this guide if you are applying for a UK visa to attend a short summer or winter school course. This guide is in simplified Chinese and English.

You will need to apply...

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Transparency data: Foreign Office spend over £25,000 for July 2014

The coalition government is committed to publishing departmental spend over £25,000 as part of its commitment to transparency and open government.

This is the Foreign Office spend in the UK ...

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Form: Recycling reward scheme 2015 to 2016: bidding form and prospectus

The Recycling Reward Challenge Fund is a fund to help local authorities encourage households to increase recycling rates. Information is contained here to assist local authorities with their bids to the fund - ...

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Correspondence: Board Sheet, Parole Board newsletter, August 2014

This edition also includes details about:

Practice guidance on duties towards victims Judicial reviews Parole Board office move Annual Report 2013/14
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Independent report: The 31st Annual Meeting of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group

The meeting was chaired by the Rt Hon Lord Howard of Lympne, UK Co-Chairman, and the Hon Yasuhisa Shiozaki, Japanese Co-Chairman.

The 19 British and 23 Japanese participants included parliamentarians ...

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Building firm prosecuted after joiner falls through ceiling
A Manchester construction firm has appeared in court over safety failings after a joiner was badly injured when he fell through a ceiling.
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Disqualified director and accomplice sentenced over worker death and company deception
A Hampshire businessman, who was disqualified from being a company director, was today jailed for serious fraud and safety offences. A second businessman was given a suspended prison sentence for similar offences...
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Press release: July 2014 Market Trend Data
Average house price in England and Wales now £175,653 compared with the peak of £181,442 in November 2007 Annual growth of 7.2 per cent in July House prices up 1.7 per cent since June ...
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News story: Points of Light: August 2014 winners

Updated: Added recipient 97: Jenny Barrett.

The following people were given a Points of Light award in August 2014 (the numbering continues from July’s winners):

77. Brian Borland (South Ayrshire...
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Press release: Leading business backs NATO summit in Wales

Businesses from across the UK will provide their support to make next week’s NATO Summit a success, Business Minister Matthew Hancock announced today (29 August 2014).

BAE Systems, Raytheon UK, General...

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Press release: Extensive maintenance work starting at Piffs Elm Bridge, M5 junction 10.

The work, which will continue until November 2015, is needed to replace the foundations of the bridge.

Highways Agency Service Delivery Team Leader, Dave Sledge said:

Keeping our roads, and...

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Press release: New funding to reward families for recycling - not fine or bully them

Local Government Secretary, Eric Pickles, announced a new £5 million fund today (29 August 2014) to help families recycle, without facing the threat of unfair bin fines or cuts to their bin collection...

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Open consultation: EU Accounting Directive: smaller companies reporting

The EU Accounting Directive 2013/34/EU consolidates existing legislation on financial reporting. It also aims to reduce government regulatory control on smaller companies.

We want industry views...

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Notice: CW2 5PT: Travelodge Hotels Limited: Environmental permit application advertisement

The Environment Agency consult the public on certain applications for waste operations, mining waste operations, installations, water discharge and groundwater activities.

These notices explain:

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Guidance: Chemical hazards and poisons report: issue 24

Updated: Correction to the update report for ECHEMNET.

This issue of the Chemical Hazards and Poisons Report focuses on our work within Europe and on the preparedness and response to international chemical...

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Transparency data: DFID spend over £500 for July 2014

DFID spend over &pound;500 for July 2014.

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Notice: SO24 0AU, Mr Rodney Budd: Environmental permit application advertisement

The Environment Agency consult the public on certain applications for waste operations, mining waste operations, installations, water discharge and groundwater activities.

These notices explain:

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Guidance: Guide for academies on the Charities SORP 2015

This brief guide, published by the Education Funding Agency (EFA), provides academy chief financial officers, auditors, accounting officers and trustees with an overview of the main changes arising from the <...

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Notice: CW2 5PT; Travelodge Hotels Limited: Environmental permit application advertisement

The Environment Agency consult the public on certain applications for waste operations, mining waste operations, installations, water discharge and groundwater activities.

These notices explain:

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Guidance: Qualifications: simplified funding rates, 2014 to 2015

Updated: Published 29 August 2014.

The 2014 to 2015 simplified funding rates catalogue lists all provision which the Skills Funding Agency has approved for public funding in 2014 to 2015 and their funding...

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Notice: DN8 5TE, The Scotts Company (UK) Limited: Environmental permit application advertisement

The Environment Agency consult the public on certain applications for waste operations, mining waste operations, installations, water discharge and groundwater activities.

These notices explain:

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Statistical data set: Commodity prices

Updated: Updated cattle compensation prices.

Prices for selected agricultural and horticultural produce are published on a weekly or monthly basis in the following spreadsheets. The data source depends ...

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Notice: ME13 0LT, Faversham District Scouts Council: Environmental permit application advertisement

The Environment Agency consult the public on certain applications for waste operations, mining waste operations, installations, water discharge and groundwater activities.

These notices explain:

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Transparency data: DH departmental spending over £25,000: 2014

Updated: Updated to include DH departmental spending over &pound;25,000 for July 2014

Details of Department of Health expenditure over &pound;25,000 (invoices, grant payments, expenses and other...

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Guidance: DH departmental spending over £500: 2014

Updated: Updated to include DH departmental spending over &pound;500 data for June 2014

Information on Department of Health transactions over &pound;500 made using the government procurement card...

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Notice: GU34 5NL, Mr Olaf Rogge: Environmental permit application advertisement

The Environment Agency consult the public on certain applications for waste operations, mining waste operations, installations, water discharge and groundwater activities.

These notices explain:

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Statistical data set: Unclaimed estates list

Updated: Daily update of the unclaimed estates list

The Division publishes a list of unclaimed estates which have been recently referred, but not yet administered, and historic cases which have not yet ...

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Impact assessment: Audit exemptions: revised final stage impact assessment

This document supersedes the previous impact assessment published with the government response to the consultation on audit exemptions for small companies.

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Form: File your dormant accounts (AA02)

Use this form if you are submitting dormant accounts for a company limited by shares:

which has never traded

where the only transaction is the issue of subscriber shares with an...

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Consultation outcome: Audit exemptions and change of accounting framework

Updated: Link added to a revised final impact assessment on audit exemptions.

This consultation covers 2 separate proposals:

Audit exemptions

Seeks views on changing audit exemptions to reduce the...

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Guidance: SFA financial assurance: regularity audit for FE colleges

Updated: This regularity audit framework replaces the previous framework and its supplements and applies with effect from the year ended 31 July 2014.

The regularity audit framework applies only to colleges...

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Transparency data: New school proposals

Updated: Updated ‘'Details of local authorities currently seeking proposers’ as the time for submitting proposals for new schools in Essex LA has been extended.

‘Local authorities currently seeking proposers...

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Guidance: Childminder agencies: a step-by-step guide

This departmental advice is for anyone interested in establishing a childminder agency.

This advice covers all the legal requirements involved in registering as a childminder agency. It also includes ...

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Guidance: Court martial results from the military court centres

Updated: Added court martial results January 2009 to August 2014.

In line with the government’s ‘transparency and open data initiative’, the Military Court Service has agreed to provide court martial results...

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Independent report: Evaluation of the Mozambique Community Land Use Fund

Updated: DFID management response to the Evaluation of the Mozambique Community Land Use Fund added

The evaluation’s purposes were:

to elucidate lessons learned (including differences between Community...
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Policy paper: Current list of designated persons, Al-Qaida

Updated: added notice: Al-Qaida (Reg 930/2014)

UN Security Council Resolution 1267 (1999) and subsequent related Resolutions requires all member states to freeze the assets, prevent the entry into...

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Policy paper: Financial sanctions: consolidated list of targets

Updated: Updated to reflect notice: Al-Qaida (Reg 930/2014)

HM Treasury is responsible for the implementation and administration of international financial sanctions in effect in the UK, for domestic designations...

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Guidance: Ebola: advice and risk assessment for universities, schools and childcare providers

Updated: Updated guidance.

This guidance provides an algorithm for the assessment of unwell children in educational, childcare and young persons’ settings, assist the public health response and ensure the...

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Guidance: Ebola: advice and risk assessment for universities and further educational establishments

This algorithm has been developed to assist universities and other further educational establishments who may have students returning or visiting from affected countries.

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Risk assessments – A brief guide to controlling risks in the workplace

HSE has revised and simplified the 5 Steps. INDG163 ‘Risk assessment – A brief guide to controlling risks in the workplace’ clearly outlines what businesses need to do to assess their workplace...

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INDG449 – Health and safety made simple: The basics for your business (rev)

This leaflet is for employers and those who want some basic information on what they must do to comply with health and safety law. The revised version has brought the advice up to date and clarified some of the...

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TPAS Open Day

The Pensions Advisory Service will be holding an open day on Thursday 11 September and Friday 19 September for pension professionals in the industry, to come and find out a bit more about who we are and what...

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Press release: Highways Agency advises drivers to plan their journey for Burghley Horse Trials

The event, which is being held at Burghley Park from 4 to 7 September, attracts more than 140,000 people over the course of the four days.

The Highways Agency is working in partnership with the event ...

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Press release: Road improvements start on the A1(M) at Sawtry

Road users will benefit from smoother, safer journeys thanks to the Highways Agency resurfacing scheme at Sawtry, between junction 15 and 14, near Glatton Ways and Wheatsheaf flyover.

The resurfacing ...

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News story: How do you float a 65,000-tonne ship?

Last month saw the naming of the Royal Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth. Weighing in at 65,000 tonnes and with a flight deck measuring in at 4.5 acres, she is the largest warship ever built...

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Correspondence: Recovered appeal: land adjacent to Louth Canal, Fen Lane, near Tetney, Lincolnshire (ref: 2200887, 28 August 2014)

Decision letter and Inspector’s Report on appeal relating to an application for planning permission for 3 wind turbines.

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Transparency data: Preparations for the new national curriculum: statistical note

This statistical notice shows the results from a question submitted by The Department for Education to NFER. The question asked whether the school had started to prepare to teach the new national curriculum. Read more. (cached), Summary and Comments (0), Email this. First seen at 14:31, 29 August

Correspondence: PHE bulletin: 29 August 2014

Highlight of this issue are:

Ebola update cancer survival improving Salmonella outbreak PHE’s whole genome sequencing success PHE’s response on standardise tobacco packaging consultation winners...
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Notice: Current catch limits: over 10 metre non-sector pool

Updated: September catch limits updated

Your catch limits are in your vessel licence annexe - Category A, Category A - Islands, Category B and Category C and can be varied through...

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Notice: Current catch limits: 10 metres and under pool

Updated: Updated with september catch limits

Your catch limits are in your vessel licence annexe and can be varied through the year. Your fishing vessel licence annex will also list the stocks that...

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Statutory guidance: Fishing vessel licence variations

Updated: Licence variation

Vessel licence variations occur to reflect changes in quota limits and closures or openings of sea areas.

Variations from 2014 from before March are available from ...

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Statutory guidance: NHS foundation trusts: financial accounting guidance

Updated: Added information on 'Month 6 Agreement of Balances, 26 August 2014'.

NHS foundation trust finance staff should use this guidance, which is updated regularly, to do their work.

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Correspondence: Duncan Selbie's Friday message: 29 August 2014

Cancer survival in England for breast, lung, prostate, colorectal and ovarian cancer continues to improve, in one of the most accurate, stage-specific, 1-year survival analysis of patients diagnosed in...

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Correspondence: Crime and policing news update: August 2014

This month’s news update contains information on the following:

modern slavery NSPCC launches helpline service for parents worried about gangs new campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of new psychoactive...
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Guidance: Military low flying: RAF operational low flying training timetable

Updated: Added 'RAF operational low flying training timetable: 8 to 12 September 2014'.

A list of timetables for operational low flying (OLF) training by RAF fast jets and Hercules aircraft. These timetables...

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Policy paper: Broomhill Sands coastal defence scheme

Updated: Update added.

This document explain the plans to reduce flood risk to 14,500 homes, numerous businesses, a nuclear power station, significant areas of designated habitat and two Ministry of Defence...

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Statistics: Royal Navy and Royal Marines monthly personnel statistics: 2014

Updated: Added amended files for April, May and June 2014 due to revised figures.

This monthly publication contains information on personnel strengths, requirements, intakes and outflows from the Royal ...

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Policy paper: Electricity Market Reform: Capacity Market - frequently asked questions

Updated: Updated FAQ's

The FAQs are not intended to be comprehensive. They do not supersede or replace the legal requirements contained in the Capacity Market Rules 2014 and the Electricity Capacity...

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Corporate report: DVLA stakeholder strategy 2014 to 2017

Our focus is on making it easier for stakeholders and customers to interact with us and reduce the cost of delivering our services. This strategy is aligned to our communication strategy 2014 to 2017 and our ...

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Transparency data: Review of the use of academy funding and internal control: Barnsley Academy

This report sets out the findings of the Education Funding Agency’s review of the use of academy funding and internal control at Barnsley Academy.

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Guidance: Guidance on the pre-application process for major infrastructure projects

Updated: Guidance updated to include a new section relating to the publication of applications.

This document is the result of merging and expanding reworked versions of the local authority guidance and...

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Guidance: Commanding officers guide (manual of service law: JSP 830 volume 1)

Updated: Added revised Chapter 13 and amendment list.

This volume is intended to provide guidance to those involved in decision making and the administration of discipline at unit level. It covers the service...

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Guidance: Academy long-term lease model

Updated: Updated long-term lease.

Before an academy can open, the academy trust needs to agree the legal arrangements between itself and the local authority or other owner (such as a diocese) of the land...

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Corporate report: DVLA business plan 2014 to 2015

Updated: Updated the Progress against performance document

The business plan details our 15 key performance measures covering:

reform customer service corporate responsibility finance and efficiency...
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Form: Pupil information profile for military service children

Updated: Added a notice for MOD users accessing this form on a MOD network PC.

Important notice for MOD users

This form can only be accessed through an external machine, it cannot be accessed by a DII ...

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Correspondence: Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) reform: letters

Updated: Added letter for parents to be circulated from late August 2014.

These letters describe the changes we’re introducing in September 2014 to improve support for children and young people with special...

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Transparency data: Military court centres court listings

Updated: Added Military court centre listings 1 to 12 September 2014.

In line with the government’s Transparency and Open Data initiative, the Military Court Service is to publish the court listings for...

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Guidance: SFA: Inform

Updated: Inform 87: August 2014 published 29 August 2014.

Sign up for Inform

Inform is published online at the end of each month. If you would like to be added to the mailing list and receive an alert when...

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Transparency data: School land: decisions about disposals

Updated: Disposals table updated.

This document explains decisions about the disposal of school land and the background to how these decisions are made.

Schools themselves and their local authorities...

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Guidance: British Forces Post Office locations

Updated: Updated list of BFPO locations.

This document lists all British Forces Post Office (BFPO) locations, together with their respective numbers and their postcodes.

Related information British...
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Guidance: Cameroon – Consular Fees

Updated: Consular Fees in Cameroon for 2014 updated

A full list of Consular fees

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Statistics - national statistics: Immigration statistics, April to June 2014 second edition

Updated: Added 'Pre-release access: Immigration statistics, April to June 2014'.

Included is a short survey. Home Office statistics are keen to engage with users of these statistics, any comment ...

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Arts and culture take centre stage at Bristol Doors Open Day 2014
Arts and culture take centre stage at Bristol Doors Open Day 2014
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Sport-in-brief - your weekly update from the high performance sports community
News from British Triathlon, the British Equestrian Federation and the British Sailing team
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Workers’ health put at risk by Hampshire firm
A Hampshire manufacturer has appeared in court after allowing the health of employees to be put at risk.
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Hove firm prosecuted after flouting asbestos laws
A Hove-based firm has been fined after it flouted asbestos regulations and removed some of the dangerous material just three weeks after being refused a licence to carry out such work.
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Case 310 – Pub bans confetti

Pub asks customers not to use confetti due to it being a health and safety issue.

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News story: Ebola: government response

Updated: Updated to reflect ongoing developments, including advice against all but essential travel to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea except for those involved in the direct response to Ebola outbreak.

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News story: Tax relief encouraging regional theatre touring productions launched by Chancellor

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt. Hon. George Osborne MP, today (29 August 2014) visited the Theatre Royal in Brighton to launch the new theatre tax relief coming into effect on 1 September 2014.

His...

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Press release: Richard Viney appointed to the Civil Procedure Rule Committee from 1 September 2014

The Lord Chancellor, in consultation with the Master of the Rolls, has appointed Richard Viney as a Barrister Member of the Civil Procedure Rule Committee (CPRC) from 1 September 2014. The appointment is subject...

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Press release: Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Iraq

Mr Francis (Frank) Raymond Baker OBE has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq in succession to Mr Simon Paul Collis CMG, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment...

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Speech: Training on effective functioning of NPM in Kazakhstan

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am delighted to speak at this event and I am grateful to PRI for organising it. PRI has been working in Central Asia since 2001 and the British Embassy is proud to have been their...

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Press release: Time ticks for Norfolk coastal comments
Wash East consultation soon closes

A plan by the Environment Agency and Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk has recommended several options and they are keen to hear what people think by Monday (...

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Press release: Foreign Office Minister promotes political unity on visit to Iraq

Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood visited Iraq this week with the Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening, and the Government’s Security Envoy to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq...

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