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31 October

Transparency data: MOD: senior officials' business expenses and meetings, January to December 2014

MOD publishes details of permanent secretary’s external meetings and senior officials’ business expenses and hospitality on a quarterly basis.

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Transparency data: DWP: ministerial gifts, hospitality, travel and meetings, Jan to Mar 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) publishes details of ministers’ meetings with external organisations, gifts (given and received), hospitality and overseas travel on a quarterly basis.

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Guidance: DH departmental spending over £500: 2014

Updated: Updated to include data for August 2014

Information on Department of Health transactions over £500 made using the government procurement card (GPC).

The monthly data is published...

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

Updated: Updated to include data for September 2014

Details of Department of Health expenditure over £25,000 (invoices, grant payments, expenses and other such payments, excluding pay bill expenditure...

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Guidance: DH non-executive appointments

Updated: Updated to include members of the Advisory Board on the Registration of Homeopathic Products (ABRHP)

Details about appointments made to the Department’s public bodies and expert committees.

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Transparency data: MOD: special advisers' gifts, hospitality and meetings, January to December 2014

MOD publishes quarterly details of special advisers’ meetings with senior media figures and any gifts or hospitality they received on a quarterly basis.

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Transparency data: Treasury Solicitor's meetings with external organisations, from 2013

Updated: Latest data available

All government departments and agencies have to disclose meetings with media organisations. Meetings with other government departments and agencies are not included.

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Transparency data: TSol, AGO, HMCPSI: expenses and hospitality

Updated: Latest data available

All government departments have to publish any expenses senior civil servants claim for and any hospitality they receive.

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Transparency data: Ministers: quarterly return - January to March 2014

Details of gifts given over &pound;140, gifts received over &pound;140, hospitality received, overseas travel and meetings with external organisations (including meetings with newspaper and other media...

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Transparency data: SPADS: quarterly return - January to March 2014

Details on gifts received, hospitality received and meetings with newspaper and other media proprietors, editors and senior executives.

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Transparency data: PUS: meetings with external organisations - January to March 2014

Does not normally include meetings with Government bodies such as other Government Departments, NDPBs, Non-Ministerial Departments, Agencies, Government reviews and representatives of Parliament, devolved or ...

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Transparency data: Foreign Office senior staff: quarterly returns - January to March 2014

As part of its commitment to openness, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office has published the business expenses and hospitality of its senior London-based staff.

The expenses and hospitality listed result...

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Guidance: Affordable Homes Programme 2011 to 2015: qualification

Organisations delivering programmes through the Affordable Homes Programme 2011 to 2015 must be qualified as HCA investment partners. Guidance on how to apply to become and investment partner and the application...

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Notice: Affordable Homes Programme 2011 to 2015: quarterly updates

The Homes and Communities Agency publishes quarterly updates for the programme. The position at the end of March 2014 was published in June 2014. This incorporated any changes to existing agreed offers and any...

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Correspondence: Recovered appeal: The Paddock, Poolhead Lane, Tamworth-in-Arden, Warwickshire (ref: 21805707, 30 October 2014)

Decision letter and Inspector’s Report on appeal relating to an application for a residential Gypsy site limited to 3 mobile homes, 3 touring caravans, ancillary buildings and associated development.

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Correspondence: Recovered appeal: land west of Forest Green Road, Holyport, Windsor, Berkshire (ref: 2205599, 30 October 2014)

Decision letter and Inspector’s Report on appeal relating to an application for the change of use of land to use as a residential caravan site for 8 Gypsy families.

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Guidance: No 1 AIDU products and services catalogue

Updated: Added 2014/15 catalogue.

No 1 Aeronautical Information Documents Unit catalogue of products and services including:

text based documents charts digital products and services web services...
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Independent report: Interviews by the Morecambe Bay Investigation

Updated: Interviews scheduled for the week beginning 3 November 2014.

The interview protocol describes who might be interviewed, the procedure for issuing invitations, the running of the interviews and ...

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Statistics - national statistics: Characteristics of children in need: 2013 to 2014

Updated: Underlying data added.

This publication includes information on:

children in need of social services children referred to social services assessments undertaken and primary need identified...
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Notice: DY11 7EX, Burlish Golf Centres 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. The arrangements are explained in their...

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Notice: ST2 7PS, Hanbury Plastics Recycling 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. The arrangements are explained in their...

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Notice: W2 2UH, The Royal Parks - Kensington Park: 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. The arrangements are explained in their...

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Statistics: List of upcoming ad hoc statistical releases

Updated: Announced the publication on 3 November 2014 of In-work Housing Benefit: Analysis of on-flows and off-flows of in-work Housing Benefit claims.

This document provides details of upcoming DWP ad ...

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Notice: SE10 8QY, The Royal Parks - Greenwich Park: 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. The arrangements are explained in their...

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Notice: NW1 4NR, The Royal Parks - Regent's Park: 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. The arrangements are explained in their...

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Notice: NE21 5SZ: Environmental permit issued

The Environment Agency publish surrenders that they issue under the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED).

This decision includes the surrender letter and decision document for:

Operator name: Medina...
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Notice: TW17 8QA: Environmental permit issued

The Environment Agency publish permits that they issue under the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED).

This decision includes the permit and decision document for:

Operator name: Sita Surrey Limited...
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Notice: NG13 9HB: Environmental permit issued

The Environment Agency publish permits that they issue under the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED).

This decision includes the permit and decision document for:

Operator name: Mr John Parker...
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Guidance: European food microbiology legislation scheme: recent reports

Updated: The European food microbiology legislation scheme: distribution EFL30 report has been added.

The European food microbiology legislation scheme assesses the participants’ ability to:

test ...
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Correspondence: Leverage ratio review: letters between the Chancellor and Governor of the Bank of England

Updated: Exchange of letters added following the publication of the FPC's response to the Review of the Leverage Ratio

In light of international developments, the Chancellor judged that it was an appropriate...

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Policy paper: Newton Fund: building science and innovation capacity in developing countries

Updated: New call for : 'Global Research Partnership Aquaculture sandpit' added.

Information on the &pound;375 million Newton Fund and the partner countries under the fund. It also sets out 3 broad ...

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Impact assessment: National minimum wage: power to set the financial penalty on a per worker basis

Updated: Revised impact assessment added, which now concentrates on businesses that are non-compliant with NMW legislation.

The government wants to increase the maximum penalties that can be imposed on ...

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Guidance: HCA partner portal for monthly monitoring returns

You must submit your monthly monitoring return (MMR) using the secure online form on the HCA partner portal.

The new questionnaire format provides a greater level of control and simplicity and we are ...

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Form: D4 - Medical examination report

Updated: Latest PDF update

Some doctors will be able to fill in both the vision and medical assessment sections of the report. If your doctor is unable to fully answer all the questions on the vision assessment...

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Guidance: Get Britain Building: heads of terms

All providers awarded an allocation under the Get Britain Building programme will be expected to enter into a standard form of contract.

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Statistics: Incorporated companies in the United Kingdom - June 2014

Monthly statistics on companies, including the number of incorporations, dissolutions, documents registered and the total size of the register at Companies House.

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Notice: Replacement of guard piles at Sunbury weir: river restriction notice

Details of the River Thames restriction due to work at Sunbury weir.

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Statistics: Incorporated companies in the United Kingdom - July 2014

Monthly statistics on companies, including the number of incorporations, dissolutions, documents registered and the total size of the register at Companies House.

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Promotional material: Nottingham City Council: Green Deal case study

A case study about how in 2013 Nottingham City Council used street by street approach to install solid wall insulation to over 200 properties on the Clifton Estate with over &pound;5mn funds awarded through...

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Promotional material: Sarah Adams: Green Deal case study

Case study about how householder Sarah Adams applied for a free Green Deal Assessment offered by her local council and used Green Deal finance plan, ECO and Government cash back scheme towards the cost of installating...

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Sport-in-brief - your weekly update from the high performance sports community
Sport-in-brief - your weekly update from the high performance sports community
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Press release: Press briefing: afternoon 30 October 2014

When asked about the government’s policy on drugs, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the policies the government has been taking forward since 2010 are the right ones as drug use is falling...

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News story: Lord Ahmad leads tributes to the bravery of a World War One hero

Minister for Communities Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon will lead tributes to Khudadad Khan, the first South Asian and first Muslim recipient of the Victoria Cross (VC), at a special event at the British Library...

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Press release: Bure Marshes restoration receives Heritage Lottery Fund grant

Thanks to a grant of almost &pound;69,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Natural England and its partners are a step closer to restoring the wetlands of Bure Marshes National Nature Reserve (NNR...

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News story: Pioneering new facilities to protect the UK from viruses

Opened by Business Secretary Vince Cable and funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council the laboratory uses new, world-leading bio-containment technologies developed specifically...

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News story: Armed Forces Hindu network launched at Diwali celebration

The festival is the highlight of the Hindu religious calendar, and marks the New Year. Serving personnel, Lord Astor and other invited guests gathered in MOD’s Whitehall headquarters for the Armed Forces Diwali...

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News story: Baroness Kramer views progress at Pye Corner station

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer visited Newport in Wales today (31 October 2014) to see how a multi-million pound new rail station will transform journeys for local passengers.

The &pound;3.5 million...

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Press release: £23 million to get more neighbourhood plans across England

Ministers today (31 October 2014) announced &pound;23 million new funding to encourage more communities across England to get involved in neighbourhood planning, allowing local people to put forward and vote...

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News story: Patients to benefit from improvements at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Patients are being assessed for breast cancer more quickly and the trust’s leadership has plans in place to improve its A&E performance.

Monitor opened its investigation into the trust in August ...

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News story: Defence Secretary leads First World War commemorations in India

In a mark of respect for the Indian servicemen who gave their lives and to the sacrifice of the Indian people during the First World War, Mr Fallon laid a wreath at India Gate. He later hosted a large-scale remembrance...

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Speech: Edward Timpson: the government’s work in permanency

Thank you Gillian. [Professor Gillian Schofield, Head of the School of Social Work, Centre for Research on Children and Families, University of East Anglia]

It’s a real pleasure to be here to have the...

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Press release: Quality Contract Scheme board announces deadline for oral evidence requests

The Quality Contract Scheme (QCS) board received a written request to consider the Tyne and Wear quality contract scheme 22 October 2014.

The QCS board is an independent board with a remit to provide ...

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Press release: Master fined after wind farm vessel collision off Grimsby

Michael Gallagher was in charge when the workboat catamaran Windcat 9 with 15 people on board when it hit a large floating military target in Donna Nook Air Weapons Range on 21 November 2012.

At the ...

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Speech: Launch of Better Care Fund

When I started at Bradford Council 35 years ago I joined the Social Services Committee. Because I was interested in the subject. And the fact, if I’m honest, that no other councillor wanted to be on it.

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News story: CMA accepts Scotch whisky business sale

As a result of approving the purchaser, the CMA has now accepted undertakings in lieu of a reference (UILs – see notes to editors) from Diageo plc (Diageo) in order to remedy competition concerns arising from...

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Drugs study

When asked about a international drugs comparators study published by the Home Office, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said it considered reflections on the approaches to tackling drug abuse...

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Qatar

When asked about the Emir of Qatar?s visit and whether the Prime Minister would raise concerns about World Cup construction workers, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said he expected the issue...

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Jerusalem holy site

When asked about the closure of a holy site in Jerusalem, the PMOS said that the UK?s objective was to work closely with the international community to reach a 2-state solution and to call on a de-escalatory ...

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EU Referendum Bill

When asked about the EU Referendum Bill, the PMOS said the Prime Minister had set out his determination that all UK citizens have the chance to express their views in an in-out referendum by end of 2017.

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Drugs: Psychoactive Substances (Lord Bates, - Shadow Minister (Also Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government and Energy and Climate Change), Shadow Minister)

My hon Friend the Minister of State for Crime Prevention (Norman Baker) has today made the following Written Ministerial Statement:

In December 2013, I commissioned an expert panel to look at the challenge...

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Equality Act 2010: Visas (Lord Bates, - Shadow Minister (Also Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government and Energy and Climate Change), Shadow Minister)

My hon Friend the Minister of State for Immigration and Security (James Brokenshire) has today made the following Written Ministerial Statement:

I am today making a ministerial authorisation under Schedule...

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Health and Social Care: Better Care Fund (Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon)

My rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Eric Pickles) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

My rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health (...

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Non-Departmental Public Bodies: Triennial Reviews (Earl Howe, - Shadow Minister, Health)

My hon Friend the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department of Health (George Freeman) has made the following written ministerial statement.

I am today announcing the start of the triennial reviews...

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Financial Policy Committee (Housing Market Tools) (Andrea Leadsom)

The Government have today published a consultation on granting the independent Financial Policy Committee new powers over the UK’s housing market.

In his Mansion House speech on 12 June 2014 the Chancellor...

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Better Care Fund (Eric Pickles)

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and I are today approving plans to join up health and care services across the country for the first time. This will improve

care and provide more ...

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Afghanistan (Progress Report) (Philip Hammond)

I wish to inform the House that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office,

together with the Ministry of Defence and the Department for International Development, is today publishing the 41st progress report ...

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Non-Departmental Public Bodies (Triennial Reviews) (George Freeman)

I am today announcing the start of the triennial reviews of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the British Pharmacopoeia...

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Drugs Policy (Norman Baker)

In December 2013, I commissioned an expert panel to look at the challenge of new psychoactive substances (NPS). In my written ministerial statement at that time, I made it clear that we are prepared to enhance...

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British-Irish Visa Scheme (Indian and Chinese Citizens) (James Brokenshire)

I am today making a ministerial authorisation under schedule 3, part 4, paragraph 17 (4)(a) of the Equality Act 2010. This authorisation may be cited as the Equality (British-Irish Visa Scheme––Indian...

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Deaths of Service Personnel on Operations Overseas (Simon Hughes)

My hon. Friend the Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans and I present our latest joint statement reporting progress with coroner investigations into the deaths of UK service personnel on active...

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Work Capability Assessments (Iain Duncan Smith)

The previous Government appointed Atos the sole provider for carrying out work capability assessments in 2008.

On 27 March, Official Report, column 56-58WS, the former Minister with responsibility for disabled...

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Statistics: Prison population figures: 2014

Updated: Weekly population bulletin published

Latest prison population figures for 2014.

Earlier editions

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Research and analysis: Ebola virus disease: epidemiological update

Updated: Epidemiological update completed 30 October, published 31 October.

Epidemiology of the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa.

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Statistics - national statistics: LARA: learning aim reference application hierarchy file

Updated: LARA hierarchy file 2013 to 2014 and Lara hierarchy file guidance notes uploaded 31 October 2014.

The LARA hierarchy file can be used by providers and software developers who wish to produce their...

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Statistics - national statistics: LARA: learning aim reference application hierarchy file archive

The LARA hierarchy file can be used by providers and software developers who wish to produce their own classroom learning or workplace learning success rate reports.

Alternative file formats:

LARA...

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Transparency data: UKEF: spend over £25,000, September 2014

HM Treasury requires that all central government departments publish details of their spending for transactions over &pound;25,000.

UK Export Finance publishes details of invoices on a monthly basis...

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Corporate report: Department for Communities and Local Government Improvement Plan 2014

This plan reports on progress against the improvement actions and metrics identified in the 2013 Departmental Improvement Plan.

It provides an assessment of the work that the department has done...

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Guidance: HB Bulletin U5/2014: Judicial Review, R (on the application of Cotton and Others) and the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

This judgment is in respect of 3 judicial review claims brought against the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which challenged the government’s policy to reduce Housing Benefit (HB) for social sector ...

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Transparency data: Patterns of study among 16- to 18-year-olds

Statistics about the study patterns of 16- to 18-year-olds, including:

level of participation study of substantial level 3 qualifications take up of English and maths
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Guidance: Advice for decision making: staff guide

Updated: Deleted out of date memos 1, 3 and 9/14.

This advice for DWP decision makers covers:

Universal Credit (UC) Personal Independence Payment (PIP) contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance...
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Consultation: Reducing the duration of copyright in certain unpublished works

The government has launched a consultation to hear views on using the power in section 170(2) of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. This power enables the government to reduce the duration of copyright...

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Turner Contemporary and Jasmin Vardimon Company to delight and intrigue audiences with ‘Maze’
Turner Contemporary and Jasmin Vardimon Company to delight and intrigue audiences with ‘Maze’
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HSE jobs – Pipelines Specialist Inspector

Pipelines specialist to conduct inspections, investigate accidents of offshore and onshore pipelines and provide technical support to inspections at COMAH major hazard gas storage and processing sites

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Press release: Press briefing: morning 30 October 2014
Drugs study

When asked about a international drugs comparators study published by the Home Office, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said it considered reflections on the approaches to tackling...

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News story: NCTL launch School Direct for early years initial teacher training

The tender opens at 9 am on 3 November 2014. Read the School Direct (early years): notification of tender (PDF, 54.6KB, 2 pages) .

Successful completion of the programme will lead to the...

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Press release: Planned roadworks in Yorkshire and the Humber: Weekly summary for Monday 3 November to Sunday 9 November
M1 junction 30 (Barlborough) to junction 31 (Aston), South Yorkshire: drainage and barrier work

The hardshoulder will be closed in both directions and there will be narrower lanes and a 50 mph speed limit over...

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News story: SEND disagreement resolution arrangements review

The Children and Families Act 2014 requires there to be a review of arrangements for disagreement resolution. The review will be led jointly by the Department for Education and the Ministry for Justice...

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News story: Western Waters crab effort management notification

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is providing early notification to the fishing industry that fishing patterns for Western Waters (ICES Area VII) edible and spider crab are ahead of forecasts. This makes...

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Research and analysis: Special educational needs and disability pathfinder evaluation

An evaluation of the special educational needs (SEN) and disability pathfinder programme, including the use of personal budgets across education, health and social care.

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Open consultation: Ofgem & Fuel Measuring and Sampling/Sustainability under the CFD

DECC intends to enable Ofgem to continue its existing roles under the Renewables Obligation in relation to Fuel Measuring and Sampling and Sustainability within the Contract for Difference regime. This consultation...

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Guidance: Defence Environment and Safety Committee (DESC) assurance reports

Updated: Added Health, Safety and Environmental Protection Report 2013/14.

The Defence Environment and Safety Committee (DESC), chaired by the Permanent Secretary, is part of the MOD corporate governance...

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Transparency data: School land: decisions about disposals

Updated: Updated decisions table.

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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Correspondence: Duncan Selbie's Friday message: 31 October 2014

Following on from the publication of Longer Lives, a digital tool that enables local government and the local NHS to look in depth at the causes of premature mortality in their areas and across England, on Thursday...

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Statistical data set: Commodity prices

Updated: Updated with cereal prices.

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

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Decision: Teacher misconduct panel outcome: Ms Sheryl Lee

The Secretary of State does not make these decisions herself. They are made by a senior official on the recommendation of an independent panel.

Teacher reference number: 9639576 Teacher’s date...
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FOI release: Staff employed signed up to charity giving

Charity FOI: how many staff Defra currently employ and the number of staff that are signed up to support a charity from pay, via a payroll Give As You Earn scheme.

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Corporate report: Corporate framework document

This document gives information on Companies House:

status and function governance framework policy framework financial framework human resources review of the framework document
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News story: Recognising the service and sacrifice of the armed forces

Every tour saw our personnel facing remarkable challenges as they worked to bring Afghanistan closer to managing its own security.

Regular and reserve troops from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army ...

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Press release: First ever ‘families test’ for government published

Supporting strong families is vital to help reduce the cost of social problems and build a secure economy for future generations. Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith announced the new test today (31...

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News story: Operational compliance case: House the Homeless

We have published a report of our Operational compliance case involving the charity House the Homeless. The report explains why we got involved with the charity, what regulatory concerns we assessed and...

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