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21 February

Press release: Jo Johnson demands tough penalties on student plagiarism

Universities Minister Jo Johnson is today (Tuesday 21 February) calling on university and student bodies to do more to deal with the spread of ‘essay mills’ - websites which provide custom written essays for ...

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Press release: Record exports support Global Britain drive

Global sales of the UK’s food and drink have hit the £20 billion mark for the first time, Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom will announce today.

New figures reveal exports grew by nearly ...

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20 February

Statement to Parliament: Final local government finance settlement 2017 to 2018

I have today laid before the House, the Report on Local Government Finance (England) 2017 to 2018, which represents the annual local government finance settlement for local authorities in England...

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Statement to Parliament: Minister Duncan statement on US State Visit petitions

Thank you, Mr Turner. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship.

In response to the two petitions which have triggered this debate, and having listened to the arguments of both sides, I would...

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Homelessness statistics

Letter from Ed Humpherson to Baroness Grender regarding homelessness statistics

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News story: Civil news: change of Specialist Quality Mark administrator

A new administrator will be responsible for delivering work for the Specialist Quality Mark (SQM) from 1 April 2017. The work will in future be carried out by Recognising Excellence and there will be a small ...

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Press release: Environment Agency receives applications for Palmers Wood oilfield

The Environment Agency has received 2 applications for environmental permits at the Palmers Wood oil and gas site.

These applications have been submitted by the site operator to bring the site into line...

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Speech: CPRE Annual Lecture
Introduction

Thank you Sue for those kind words of introduction.

It’s been several years since a government housing or planning minister spoke at this conference.

But throughout that period the...

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Leaks of Accident and Emergency attendance data

Letter from Ed Humpherson to Noel Gordon regarding leaks of Accident and Emergency attendance data

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Leaks of Accident and Emergency attendance data

Letter from Ed Humpherson to Sir Malcolm Grant regarding leaks of Accident and Emergency attendance data

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Leaks of Accident and Emergency attendance data

Letter from Ed Humpherson to Ed Smith regarding leaks of Accident and Emergency attendance data

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News story: Lifetime ISAs available from 6 April 2017
Opening a Lifetime ISA

You can open a Lifetime ISA if you’re aged 18 or over but under 40. You must be either:

resident in the UK a Crown Servant (for example a diplomat or civil servant) the spouse...
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News story: Defence Secretary meets Apprentices working on nuclear submarines as new Training Facility announced

BAE Systems announced today that the new training facility will provide a tailored learning environment for an estimated 1,000 craft and technical apprentices currently in training.

Mr Fallon met apprentices...

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Press release: Industrial Strategy on the agenda at latest Business Advisory Group

Today’s session is the latest in a series of meetings that aim to provide a mechanism for businesses to engage with UK Government on a range of strategic economic issues and to provide UK Government with high...

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Press release: New British Deputy High Commissioner for Lagos arrives Nigeria

The British High Commission in Nigeria has announced the arrival of Laure Beaufils, appointed as British Deputy High Commissioner for Lagos, Laure is the first female to head the UK mission in Lagos. She arrived...

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News story: Justine Greening's vision for the teaching profession

In a speech at the Chartered College of Teaching’s inaugural conference, Education Secretary Justine Greening set out her ambition for a high-status teaching profession, backed up by high-quality continued...

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Press release: South West Water fined for sewage pollution near shellfish beds

South West Water has been ordered to pay £205,000 in fines and costs for discharging sewage into the Fal estuary in Cornwall. The case was brought by the Environment Agency.

On 26 August 2013...

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Press release: Planned roadworks in Devon and Cornwall: weekly summary for Monday 20 February to Sunday 26 February 2017

The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of 17 February but could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. All our...

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Chiron Veterinary Services

Reopening of 1MWD veterinary clinic.

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BRITISH FORCES GERMANY INTERNAL TRANSFER/CAREER FAIR

Before you THINK about leaving the Services why not THINK about a change of TRADE or CAP BADGE instead?

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Unit For Rent

Business Opportunity; Unit for rent within the community Hub (Naafi family store)

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News story: Employers named and shamed for underpaying more than 15,500 workers

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has named 361 businesses who underpaid 15,521 workers a total of £995,684, with employers in the hairdressing, hospitality and retail...

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Speech: Animal research: then and now

Animal research: then and now - Paget Lecture 2016

In doing research in preparation for this lecture, my chronic bibliomania turned out to be rather useful. A few years ago, whilst I was undertaking...

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Speech: British High Commissioner welcomes returning Zambian Chevening scholars

Speaking at the event, which was also attended by the Zambian Minister of Higher Education Prof. Nkandu Luo, Mr Cochrane-Dyet said:

Welcome, and thank you for coming this evening.

I am ...

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Five men jailed for sexual exploitation of girls in Rochdale
Five men from Rochdale have today (Feb 17) been jailed for serious sexual offences committed against three teenage girls between 2004 and 2008.
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News story: Business customers now receive fewer online documents

To help customers process their work and save time, we have reduced the number of documents we send to confirm their application.

Receive fewer documents online

From today, customers who send an application...

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News story: Commercialisation of quantum technologies: apply for funding

Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are inviting business to apply for a share of up to £14 million to develop quantum technologies.

Quantum...

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Press release: Defined benefit green paper to look at the security and sustainability of the sector

Member protection, funding and investment, scheme affordability and consolidation will be reviewed as part of the consultation.

The government will also consider strengthened powers for The Pensions...

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Press release: Planned roadworks in and around the M25: weekly summary for Monday 20 February to Sunday 26 February 2017

The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of 17 February 2017 but could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. ...

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News story: New Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation appointed

Mr Hill has been a QC for 9 years and has extensive experience both defending and prosecuting complex cases involving terrorism, homicide, violent crime, high value fraud and corporate crime. He successfully ...

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Press release: Second interim report: Fatal tram accident, Croydon

RAIB has today released its second interim report into a fatal accident involving a tram near Sandilands Junction, Croydon on 9 November 2016.

This report contains material which appeared in our first...

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Press release: Helping parents to parent

Public policy can have an impact on parenting behaviour and achieve positive outcomes for children, but there is currently a lack of evidence on what works - according to new research by the Social Mobility...

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Press release: Planned roadworks in the North West: summary for Monday 20 to Sunday 26 February 2017

The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of Friday 17 February and could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances...

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Press release: Planned roadworks in West Midlands: weekly summary for Monday 20 February to Sunday 26 February 2017

The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of 17 February 2017 but could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. ...

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Press release: Planned roadworks in Kent and Sussex: weekly summary for Monday 20 February to Sunday 26 February 2017

The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of 17 February but could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. All our...

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Press release: Reminder over M56 and A5036 options consultations closing date

People across Merseyside and Cheshire are being reminded that consultations over 2 major road improvements – delivering better journeys and a multi-million pound boost for the local and regional economy – will...

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Press release: Planned roadworks in Central Southern England: weekly summary for Monday 20 February to Sunday 26 February 2017

The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of 17 February but could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. All our...

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Homelessness

Homelessness is an important issue in its own right. It is also an illustration of the concern for public value that underpins the Office for Statistics Regulation.

Last week’s publication of DCLG...

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News story: Avian influenza (bird flu) in winter 2016 to 2017

Updated: Updated: Surveillance Zone restrictions around the 16 January case near Louth, East Lindsey, Lincolnshire have been removed.

Avian influenza (bird flu) is a disease of birds. The H5N8 strain of...

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Press release: Search engines and creative industries sign anti-piracy agreement

The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has helped broker a landmark agreement which will see search engines and the creative industries work together to stop consumers being led to copyright infringing websites...

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News story: Welsh company wins £82M contract on global stage

The deal with Qioptiq in St Asaph, North Wales, will see battle-winning handheld equipment – including night-vision goggles and day and night weapon sights – maintained over the next six years, to ensure they...

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News story: New legal powers could send UK scientists into space to research vaccines and medicines

British scientists will be able to fly to the edge of space to conduct vital medical experiments under new powers unveiled this week.

Laws paving the way for spaceports in the UK will allow ‎experiments...

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19 February

News story: British Embassy Kabul Programme Fund 2017-18

Updated: New Strand Announced

The British Embassy Kabul have a dedicated fund for supporting projects which further our priorities in Afghanistan. The fund will support projects implemented between 1 April...

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Press release: £12m pay boost to strengthen prison frontline and attract new recruits

Prison officers at 31 prisons to receive immediate pay increase

Thousands of staff to benefit from specialist training opportunities in skills such as self-harm and suicide prevention...

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18 February

News story: Defence Secretary: Britain committed to leading European security

Sir Michael told the annual Munich Security Conference that while Britain is leaving the European Union, the UK would not be stepping back from its role in European security.

Britain’s leadership this...

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News story: Defence Secretary calls on NATO to be fitter, faster, more agile

Attending the annual Munich Security Conference, Sir Michael said the Alliance should not wait for another crisis before it modernises itself.

Calling for an ambitious programme of change, the Defence...

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17 February

Press release: Prime Minister's plans to transform the way we tackle domestic violence and abuse

Theresa May has today announced plans to transform the way we think about and tackle domestic violence and abuse – one of the most widespread and heinous offences, but one where victims are often let down by ...

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Press release: Government support for more than 19,000 victims of domestic abuse

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has today (17 February 2017) confirmed that 76 projects across the country will receive a share of £20 million to support victims of domestic abuse, creating more than...

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News story: UK’s global role reinforced in new International Defence Engagement Strategy

Launching an ambitious framework for the UK’s defence engagement overseas, Sir Michael Fallon and Boris Johnson committed to increasing cooperation with partners across the globe to keep Britain safe.

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Press release: Second high-level UK-China security dialogue: February 2017

On 17 February, Sir Mark Lyall Grant, National Security Adviser, hosted Wang Yongqing, Secretary-General of the Central Commission for Politics and Law, for the second UK-China High Level Security Dialogue. Read more. (cached), Summary and Comments (0), Email this. First seen at 20:30, 17 February

News story: UK Government proposes new approach to boost banking competition and resolve RBS’ State aid commitments

The proposal, put forward by HM Treasury with the agreement of RBS, has been designed to help small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) access and benefit from greater choice in the banking services available...

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Press release: PM meeting with French Prime Minister Cazeneuve: 17 February 2017

A Downing Street spokesperson said:

The Prime Minister met Prime Minister Cazeneuve of France at Downing Street today. They talked about a range of bilateral issues and also discussed foreign policy...

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Press release: New initiative to boost disadvantaged groups in work

A first-of-its-kind employer toolkit designed to help businesses recruit and retain more single parents and care leavers has been launched today.

People from disadvantaged groups face challenges that ...

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Press release: Construction company to pay £54,000 for polluting East Sussex river

Interserve Construction Limited (ICL) has been fined £54,000 with £5,955 costs after admitting a single incident of discharging silt-laden water into a tributary of the River Rother in Burwash...

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Press release: West Belfast shooting

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said:

This was a brutal and shocking attack on a child by abusive criminals.

I will continue to offer all possible support...

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Government response: DFID in the News

Updated: Updated to include response to news about CDC – The Government's Development Finance Institution

CDC – The Government’s Development Finance Institution

Today (17 February 2017) the Mail has written...

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Statistics for England on Schools, Pupils and their Characteristics, and on Absence and Exclusions

This report concludes that the statistics on the characteristics of schools and pupils should retain their National Statistics status, as long as DfE demonstrates it has enhanced their value, quality and trustworthiness...

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News story: Parole Board Quarterly Performance Report
Quarterly Performance Pack

PDF, 679KB, 7 pages

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request ...
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News story: Lifetime ISAs available from 6 April 2017
Opening a lifetime ISA

You can open a lifetime ISA if you are aged 18 or over but under 40. You must be either:

resident in the UK a Crown Servant (for example a diplomat or civil servant) the ...
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Speech: Justine Greening: teachers - the experts driving social mobility

Thank you, Alison [Peacock, CEO of the Chartered College of Teaching].

It’s such a pleasure to be here at the inaugural national conference of the Chartered College of Teaching. I think today marks an...

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News story: Bryan Sanderson appointed interim Chairman of the Low Pay Commission

Bryan Sanderson has today (17 February 2017) been announced as the interim Chairman of the Low Pay Commission (LPC).

Mr Sanderson, former BP Managing Director, replaces Sir David Norgrove, who served ...

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News story: Contacting the Insolvency Enquiry Line

The Insolvency Enquiry Line is operating normally. You can call us on 0300 678 0015 for information about the insolvency process during office hours (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday).

You can also find the...

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Government response: DFID in the News

Updated: Updated on 16/02/2017 with response to a UKIP report which claims the UK’s exit from the EU should lead us to “scrap the foreign aid target”

UK Family Planning Summit

Today’s (17/02/2017) Guardian...

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Speech: We have voted to leave the EU, but not Europe: article by Theresa May

I am delighted to welcome Prime Minister Cazeneuve to Downing Street today at such an important moment in both the profound friendship between our countries and the wider relationship between Britain and the ...

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Press release: Exporting British style: designers set for £15 million global sales boost

This hotly anticipated event could lead to £15 million in exports for British designers, the fashion industry is worth £28 billion to the UK economy.

The government is helping match...

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Press release: Former Bristol pub landord disqualified

Owain Charles Evans George, the Director of OMI Partnership Limited trading as The Albion, a pub in Clifton near Bristol, has been disqualified for three and a half years for trading to the detriment of HM Revenue...

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Press release: Six year ban for Watford restaurant boss

Saiful Alam, the sole registered director of Nuha Limited, which traded as the Prince of Bengal, an Indian restaurant and takeaway on Langley Way in Watford, has been disqualified from acting as a company director...

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Press release: How to fish responsibly during Somerset's elver season

With the 2017 elver season under way, the Environment Agency is reminding Somerset’s elver fishermen to stay the right side of the law.

Eels are an endangered species and recognised by the Convention ...

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News story: Advocate General appears in UKSC on behalf of the Home Secretary

On 15th and 16th of February 2017, the Advocate General for Scotland, Lord Keen of Elie QC represented the interests of the Secretary of State for the Home Department in the UK Supreme Court cases of R (on the...

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News story: Business rates revaluation: the facts
The next business rates revaluation takes effect from 1 April 2017

The government is regularly required to update the ‘rateable values’ of business properties in England to make sure that they are paying the...

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Press release: Businesses set for lower bills

Thousands of businesses across the country are set to benefit from falls in their business rates bills, figures released today (17 February 2017) show.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said this will...

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Speech: Nick Gibb: the importance of an evidence-informed profession

It is a pleasure to be at Buckingham University again, an institution with established values, an emphasis on traditional methods and a determination to influence other institutions.

It is important that...

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News story: Office of Tax Simplification: Vacancies

We are advertising for up to 3 tax professionals with current or recent experience in the private sector or within government, to work with us full or part-time for the next 9 to 12 months or possibly longer, ...

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News story: UK’s global role reinforced in new International Defence Engagement Strategy

Launching an ambitious framework for the UK’s defence engagement overseas, Sir Michael Fallon and Boris Johnson committed to increasing cooperation with partners across the globe to keep Britain safe.

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Press release: Change of Her Majesty’s British High Commissioner to the Republic of Ghana

Mr Iain Walker has been appointed Her Majesty’s British High Commissioner to the Republic of Ghana in succession to Mr Jon Benjamin, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Walker...

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News story: Joint Troika Statement Supporting African Union High Level Implementation Panel Peace Process in Sudan

The Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States) expresses its continued support for the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) peace process, led by former South African President...

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House building targets

Letter from Sir Andrew Dilnot to Rt Hon John Healey MP regarding house building targets

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Press release: Government support for more than 19,000 victims of domestic abuse

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has today (17 February 2017) confirmed that 76 projects across the country will receive a share of £20 million to support victims of domestic abuse, creating more than...

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Press release: West Midlands company director handed penalty by court for waste offences

On 16 February 2017, Jaskaran Bhandal, Director of Oakham Environmental Waste & Recycling Ltd, Oak Farm, Kingswinford, West Midlands pleaded guilty at Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court to 1 count of failing...

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News story: When cities meet cities-UK Smart Cities Showcase in Taiwan

Updated: changed wording

The UK economy has already made the transition from an industrial economy to a post-industrial economy. Now it’s leading the way in the transition from a post-industrial economy...

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Government response: Addressing concerns about Kent oyster farm

The MMO has been contacted by members of the public reporting concerns relating to the use of non-native oysters and the deployment of oyster trestles to the west of Whitstable Harbour which they feel may pose...

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Press release: Strong performance by social housing sector - HCA publishes Global Accounts

The 2016 Global Accounts of private registered providers, published today (17 February 2017) by the Homes and Communities Agency, shows that the social housing sector has had a solid year of investment underpinned...

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Press release: CMA secures better deal for cloud storage users

The 3 companies are the latest cloud storage providers to improve their terms and conditions following the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) review of compliance with consumer law in the sector. Last ...

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Press release: Kebab shop owner disqualified for employing illegal workers

Amjid Ali Maqbool Hussain, the director of Madina Kebab House Limited in Peterborough, has been disqualified for six years for failing to comply with its statutory obligations under the Immigration, Asylum and...

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News story: Change of venue for Crofton information event: Monday 20 Febuary 2017

At the end of last year we wrote to residents about the launch of two public consultations on the High Speed Two (HS2) Phase 2b route. We also provided details of the information events we are holding, to give...

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Press release: Wiltshire site owner fined for obstructing Environment Agency staff

Trying to stop Environment Agency staff from doing their jobs saw a businessman convicted of obstruction.

Bart Critchly-Clark, of Mill Lane, Monkton Combe, Bath, initially allowed environmental officers...

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16 February

Press release: Record number of employers named and shamed for underpaying
More than 350 employers named for underpaying their workers the national minimum or living wage More than 15,500 of the UK’s lowest paid workers receive back pay thanks to government investigations Employers...
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Press release: Record number of employers named and shamed for underpaying more than 15,500 workers

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy today named 360 businesses who underpaid 15,520 workers a total of £995,233, with employers in the hairdressing, hospitality and retail sectors...

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News story: HMRC and National Trading Standards agree to share information on estate agencies

HMRC and the National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team have agreed new procedures for using existing legal gateways, which will enhance and ease the current flow of information on estate agency businesses...

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Press release: Medway leading the way in efforts to fix the broken housing market

Housing and Planning Minister Gavin Barwell visited Medway today (16 February 2017) to see how the area is leading the way with ambitious efforts to fix the broken housing market.

Following publication...

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Government response: DFID in the News

Updated: Updated on 16/02/2017 with response to a UKIP report which claims the UK’s exit from the EU should lead us to “scrap the foreign aid target”

UKIP report on reducing foreign aid budget once the UK...
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News story: Webinars about the HMRC Personal Tax Account

Updated: New webinars about tax credits have been added to this page.

Webinars

Webinars can last up to an hour. You can ask questions during the presentation and get answers from your HMRC host.

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News story: Alok Sharma marks 45 years of UK-China Ambassadorial ties

In Beijing on Thursday 16 February, Mr Sharma met Chinese Assistant Foreign Ministers Liu Haixing and Kong Xuanyou for wide-ranging political talks to strengthen the global partnership between the UK and China...

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News story: New ministers for life sciences

Updated: Updated to reflect the new ministerial team.

The Office for Life Sciences (OLS) will continue to be a joint unit across the Department of Health (DH) and the newly formed Department for Business...

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News story: Further decisions on reviews of marking, reviews of moderation, and appeals

Ofqual has today (16 February) announced a number of decisions about the future arrangements for reviews of marking, reviews of moderation, and appeals services.

The exams regulator for England...

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The use of pupil data collected through the school census

Letter from Ed Humpherson to Jen Persson regarding the use of pupil data collected through the school census

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Statistics for England on Schools, Pupils and their Characteristics, and on Absence and Exclusions

This report concludes that the statistics on the characteristics of schools and pupils should retain their National Statistics status, as long as DfE demonstrates it has enhanced their value, quality and trustworthiness...

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News story: UK’s national cyber security centre to help improve skills in Wales

Opened officially by Her Majesty The Queen on Tuesday 14 February 2017, the National Cyber Security Centre’s operational nerve centre in London will manage incidents, analyse threats and offer advice for online...

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News story: Appointment, reappointment and extensions of Parole Board members

Ministers have approved the appointment, reappointment and extensions of Parole Board members. Appointments are subject to security clearance.

Parole Board members are appointed under Schedule 19 of ...

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

Mr Matthew Hedges has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Paraguay in succession to Dr Jeremy Hobbs, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Hedges will take up his appointment...

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