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22 January

News story: Boost for motorists as government proposes no MOT test for first 4 years

New cars and motorcycles could no longer require an MOT for the first 4 years on the road under plans to save motorists more than £100 million a year.

Proposals unveiled today (22 January 2017...

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News story: Government takes action on county line drug gangs

Drug gangs using mobiles and couriers to deal remotely in rural areas, including coastal and market towns, will have phones shut down, under new plans announced by the Home Secretary.

The so-called county...

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21 January

Press release: Technical education at heart of Modern Industrial Strategy for post-Brexit success

Overhaul of technical education to help level the playing field by providing a credible alternative to the academic route – including £170m new Government funding for prestigious Institutes...

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Press release: PM call with President Tajani of the European Parliament: 21 January 2016

A Downing Street spokesperson said:

The Prime Minister congratulated President Tajani on his election to the presidency of the European Parliament, and said she was keen to arrange a meeting in London...

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Speech: 'Building holistic support for women survivors of burn violence'

Like all of us, I owe much to my parents. But it’s probably fair to say that the best gift I had was an unintentional one, that I was born as a man. The fairer sex are without question treated worse than men ...

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20 January

News story: National Apprenticeship Awards 2016 winners announced

Six employers ranging from small employer Ebsford Environmental Ltd to macro employer Mitie Group Plc and three apprentices were recognised for their commitment to apprenticeships in the 13th year of the National...

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News story: National Apprenticeship Awards 2016 winners announced

Six employers ranging from small employer Ebsford Environmental Ltd to macro employer Mitie Group Plc and three apprentices were recognised for their commitment to apprenticeships in the 13th year of the National...

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Press release: Secretary of State's personal thank you to Martin McGuinness

I am sorry that Martin McGuiness has announced his retirement from front-line political office. His contribution to the politics of Northern Ireland has been highly significant.

Martin’s personal...

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Press release: Avian influenza (bird flu) identified at Lincolnshire farm

Updated: Updated to include lifting of all restrictions on the premises on 18 January.

On 18 January 2017 all restrictions were lifted around the premises near Louth. Restrictions remain in place for...

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Press release: Foreign Secretary congratulates President Donald Trump

The Foreign Secretary said:

I want to offer my warmest congratulations to President Donald Trump on acceding to the most important political office in the world and I know that billions of people will...

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

Updated: Updated to reflect latest advice

Avian influenza (bird flu) is a disease of birds. The H5N8 strain of the disease has been found in wild and farmed birds in the UK. A number of measures are in ...

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Press release: Minister confirms Farm Animal Welfare Committee reappointments

Defra’s Animal Welfare Minister, Lord Gardiner, has confirmed the re-appointment of 9 members of the Farm Animal Welfare Committee.

The committee advises Defra and the devolved administrations ...

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Candidate for Next Chair of the UK Statistics Authority Announced

Following an open recruitment exercise Sir David Norgrove has been selected as the preferred candidate for appointment as the next Chair of the UK Statistics Authority. The Public Administration and Constitutional...

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Speech: Davos 2017: Chancellor’s speech at the CBI’s British business Leaders Lunch

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘responsive and responsible’ leadership.

It’s quite clear why this title was chosen.

That leadership has never been more necessary as we leave 2016 behind...

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Speech: Speech to the national automatic number plate recognition conference

Hello. It’s great to be invited back to address this meeting. This is my third year as Surveillance Camera Commissioner. So, what will I discuss today?

Firstly, my role, a brief resume. Secondly, where...

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Press release: Have your say on flood defences in Bampton and Tiverton

The Environment Agency wants views from residents of two Devon towns on proposed flood defences.

Drop-in sessions have been arranged for people in Bampton and Tiverton to see plans to reduce flood risk...

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News story: Insolvency Service forms: removal and replacement

From 6 April 2017, as part of the changes introduced by the Insolvency (England & Wales) Rules 2016, all statutory forms relating to insolvency procedures will be withdrawn. These will be replaced with documents...

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News story: UK Statistics Authority chair appointment

The Minister for the Cabinet Office Ben Gummer has today announced Sir David Norgrove as the government’s preferred candidate for the role of Chair of the UK Statistics Authority.

Ben Gummer has...

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News story: Welsh Secretary visits Spectrum Technologies

Spectrum Technologies is a world leader in the design and manufacture of specialised state-of-the-art industrial laser systems. The company has its headquarters in Bridgend, Wales, UK where it undertakes design...

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News story: CMA looks to help companies with disclosure process

In November, external legal and economic advisers, in-house counsel and regulators joined Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) staff to discuss how, in its investigations, the CMA can best balance its duty...

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News story: X-Forces strengthens Covenant commitment to create more business success stories

X-Forces, a social enterprise dedicated to helping ex-military members kick-start their own businesses, renewed their support to the Armed Forces alongside Chief of Defence People, Lieutenant General Richard ...

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Church House

Church House in Lübbecke offers great conference facilities & residential training sessions.

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Army FA, Basic Referee Courses

2017 dates

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Resettlement Centre

January and February activities

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Babcock Support Services Germany (BSSG)

New Customer Service Facilities

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41 AEC Brochure

Spring Term 2017 Courses

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BFG Motor Insurance

Keeping down the cost.

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AWS Courses

Safeguarding courses and Mental Health First Aid courses in 2017.

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AFF Germany Roadshow

Q&As attached for information.

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Military Spouse?

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SSAFA Short Breaks

Short Breaks and Volunteer

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News story: IP connect newsletter: January 2017

If you would like to subscribe please register with GovDelivery.

IP connect issue 41: January 2017 (PDF, 469KB, 7 pages)

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News story: Third Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme levy announced

The Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme (DMPS) is designed to provide compensation for people suffering from diffuse mesothelioma, a cancer tied to exposure to asbestos, or for the families of those who have ...

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News story: Email scam warning

Updated: Contact details for Action Fraud added.

These emails have not been sent by the Insolvency Service.

If you receive an email like this you should delete it. Do not click on any links contained...

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

Dr Phil Boyle has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Madagascar in succession to Mr Tim Smart, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Dr Boyle will take up...

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News story: UK To Expand Support To Ukraine’s Armed Forces

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has said that the United Kingdom stands firmly alongside Ukraine as the British Army prepares to broaden its already extended training package to all of the country’s armed...

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Press release: Public information exhibitions for shortlisted A5036 options

People living around the A5036 Port of Liverpool route in Merseyside are being reminded that public information exhibitions on shortlisted options for its replacement or improvement will get underway next week...

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

Mr Michael Gifford has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan in succession to Dr Carolyn Browne, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Gifford...

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Press release: Privy Council appointment: Sir Julian Flaux

The Queen has been pleased to approve that Sir Julian Martin Flaux be sworn of Her Majesty’s most Honourable Privy Council following his appointment as a Lord Justice of Appeal.

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News story: Civil news: our approach to civil legal aid work from 2018

A headline intentions document is now available setting out our approach for civil legal aid contracts from 2018. We intend to award new contracts with services starting from 1 April 2018. The new contracts will...

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Speech: Speech to the national automatic number plate recognition conference

Hello. It’s great to be invited back to address this meeting. This is my third year as Surveillance Camera Commissioner. So, what will I discuss today?

Firstly, my role, a brief resume. Secondly, where...

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News story: Update: air strikes against Daesh

Updated: update

Summary

Monday 16 January – Typhoons attacked three Daesh targets in and around Mosul, while a Reaper supported Iraqi troops in close combat in the east of the city.

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Press release: Thousands of apprentices set to transform the public sector

Skills Minister Robert Halfon has today (20 January 2017) announced that the Department for Education (DfE) is setting the public sector a target of recruiting 200,000 more apprentices by 2020.

This reform...

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Press release: Foreign Secretary to meet Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma

In the capital city Naypyitaw, the Foreign Secretary will meet State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi to reaffirm the UK’s support for Burma’s transition to democracy and the government’s efforts to reinvigorate the...

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Press release: Cleanroom laundry businesses alleged to have broken competition law

In its statement of objections issued to the parties today, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) provisionally finds that, from May 2012 to February 2016, the suppliers, which also provide certain associated...

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News story: Certification Office: mergers

Updated: Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union merged into Prospect on 1 January 2017. Please note that Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union ceased to exist from 1 ...

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Press release: Communities set for cash boost to start new wave of action along Great British Coast

Coastal Communities Minister Andrew Percy today (20 January 2017) gave seaside areas a cash boost and urged an army of activists to help revitalise our Great British coast.

Mr Percy announced that a further...

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News story: Search underway for company to build HS2 trains in £2.75 billion government rail investment

The hunt for a company to design, build and maintain a fleet of state-of-the-art high speed trains for Britain’s HS2 network was launched today ( 20 January 2017) by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling.

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19 January

Speech: "The people of The Gambia spoke clearly at the elections in December. They chose Adama Barrow to be their President."

Thank you Mr. President,

I join others in welcoming the unanimous adoption of resolution 2337. I commend Senegal for their swift and decisive action in presenting this text today.

But in truth...

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Press release: PM statement on Martin McGuinness: 19 January 2016

Prime Minister Theresa May said:

Martin McGuinness served the people of Northern Ireland as deputy First Minister for nearly a decade.

We recognise his work over many years securing a number...

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Press release: Secretary of State statement as Martin McGuinness confirms he will stand down from politics

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

I am sorry to hear Martin McGuinness has decided not to stand for another term in the Northern Ireland Assembly, and have...

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Press release: JANUARY 2017 LABOUR MARKET STATISTICS FOR SCOTLAND

The Scottish unemployment rate is 5.1 per cent, which is above the rate of 4.8 per cent for the whole of the UK.

The labour market statistics also show that employment in Scotland fell by 14,000 over ...

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News story: Minister Nick Hurd announces £5 million towards Redcar Growth Zone

The investment will help to address one of the issues identified for new businesses in the town by providing suitable commercial space.

The minister was in Redcar today to meet the SSI task force, new...

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Press release: Reappointment of Chief Commissioner of the Equality Commission NI

Secretary of State, James Brokenshire MP, today announced the reappointment of Dr Michael Wardlow as the Chief Commissioner of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland for a further period of three years. Read more. (cached), Summary and Comments (0), Email this. First seen at 18:30, 19 January

Speech: I want an exit that will work for all of us: article by Theresa May

In my first speech as Prime Minister I spoke of the precious bound between the nations of the UK. Two days later, I was in Edinburgh to meet First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

It was important...

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Press release: Foreign Secretary congratulates new Gambian president

Speaking after President Barrow’s inauguration, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said:

I congratulate His Excellency Adama Barrow on his inauguration as the new President of The Gambia.

The...

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News story: New opportunities offered as details of new rail franchise are released

The government has today (19 January 2017) released further details of a new rail franchise, which will combine the existing Inter City West Coast services with the development and introduction of services on...

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News story: Accessing our telephone help lines

Thank you for your patience. We apologise if the temporary disruption caused you any inconvenience.

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Speech: Strengthening our democracy: Annual Elections Conference keynote speech

Firstly, my thanks to SOLACE for asking me to give the keynote speech here today.

I’m pleased to be able to set out my vision for the work we need to undertake and deliver together and to start...

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News story: Secretary of State extends Walter Merricks' term at the Gambling Commission

Walter Merricks OBE

Walter Merricks qualified as a solicitor. He chairs the boards of IMPRESS, the independent monitor for the press, and JUSTICE, the law reform charity. He is the proposed class representative...

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News story: Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport appoints new Chair of the Big Lottery Fund’s Northern Ireland Committee

Dr Harrison has helped to shape community regeneration and social inclusion programmes in Northern Ireland for more than two decades. In a variety of policy, grant-making and advisory roles, she has worked with...

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News story: Health warnings issued for colder weather

Updated: Updated story with latest warning.

Latest update

Further weather warnings are being sounded today (19 January 2017) by PHE.

Earlier today the Met Office extended a cold weather alert issued...

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Press release: Horncastle reservoir ready to reduce flood risk

The long-awaited Horncastle flood storage reservoir can now be used to reduce flood risk to hundreds of local homes and businesses.

Although there is still some work to complete on-site, the reservoir...

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News story: New Board chairman appointed

Mr Allinson is a solicitor licensed insolvency practitioner and has extensive industry experience. He has written and presented widely on all areas of debt recovery and insolvency; is a visiting lecturer at ...

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News story: Videos, webinars, e-learning and emails on VAT

Updated: Accounting schemes live webinar dates removed.

Videos

YouTube videos:

VAT and international trading VAT record keeping How to submit your VAT return online E-...
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News story: First phase of hundreds of new service family homes complete at Tidworth

A total of 322 homes are being delivered by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) working with contractor Hills, as part of the Army Basing Programme (ABP).

The &pound;73 million project at...

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Speech: Davos 2017: Prime Minister's speech to the World Economic Forum

Thank you Professor Schwab for that introduction, and thank you for inviting me to speak here at the World Economic Forum this morning.

This is an organisation that is, as it says in the very first line...

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Press release: £2.8 million fine for furniture parts cartel

The companies, which supply drawer parts to well-known furniture manufacturers such as Silentnight, have admitted that they broke competition law by agreeing not to compete on price and sharing out which customers...

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News story: Accessing our telephone help lines

We are working to resolve this situation as quickly as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience to you.

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Speech: Justine Greening: education at the core of social mobility

It is a pleasure to be here today at PwC and supported by the Sutton Trust.

These both are organisations that, in different ways, are part of how we are opening up opportunity to young people in our country...

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Speech: Strengthening our democracy: Annual Elections Conference keynote speech

Firstly, my thanks to SOLACE for asking me to give the keynote speech here today.

I’m pleased to be able to set out my vision for the work we need to undertake and deliver together and to start...

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Press release: Consumer minister urges people to register their appliances

Encouraging people to take a few minutes to register their white goods, Register My Appliance Day raises awareness of product safety and recalls.

By adding product details onto the AMDEA Register My...

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News story: Local leaders of education (LLE)

Local leaders of education (LLEs) have made and continue to make a significant contribution to supporting schools since the programme was introduced in 2008. LLEs provide a range of school-to-school support and...

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News story: Secretary of State Extends Walter Merrick’s Term at the Gambling Commission

Walter Merricks OBE

Walter Merricks qualified as a solicitor. He chairs the boards of IMPRESS, the independent monitor for the press, and JUSTICE, the law reform charity. He is the proposed class representative...

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News story: Prime Minister appoints four new Trustees at The Wallace Collection

Dounia Nadar

Dounia has been a member of the International Council of the Wallace Collection for five years and its chair for the past three years, raising funds for gallery refurbishment and other fundraising...

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News story: Home Secretary visits Greenwich volunteer police cadets

Last night, Home Secretary Amber Rudd paid a visit to one of the London borough volunteer police cadets units at St Paul’s Academy in Abbey Wood, Greenwich.

The group of 40 young cadets, all aged between...

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News story: Culture Secretary extends terms of two Advisory Council on National Records and Archives (ACNRA) members

John Collins

John Collins was educated at St. Benedict’s School Ealing and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1968, he attended the Royal Military College of...

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News story: Secretary of State appoints Trustee to the Board of The Royal Parks

Bronwyn Hill CBE

Bronwyn was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire. After Cambridge University, she worked for the Greater London Council. She joined the civil service in 1988 and worked on transport strategy...

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Press release: Legal services at forefront of Global Britain
Lord Chancellor emphasises importance of cooperation in civil justice post Brexit new plans to ensure best talent from all backgrounds can thrive in law high-level business and legal profession summit to ...
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Speech: Davos 2017: Chancellor’s speech at the CBI’s British business Leaders Lunch

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘responsive and responsible’ leadership.

It’s quite clear why this title was chosen.

That leadership has never been more necessary as we leave 2016 behind...

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Press release: Project aims to improve river health

A new project which uses natural features to capture silt run-off is aiming to improve the health of a north east river catchment.

The Northumbria Rural Diffuse Pollution Prevention Partnership (NRDPP...

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Systemic Review Outline: International Migration Statistics

Background

The Office for Statistics Regulation is keen to ensure statistics that relate to similar themes are readily accessible to users, able to answer the questions society needs to answer, and that...

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Press release: PM call with Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło: 18 January 2016

A Downing Street spokesperson said:

The Prime Minister called Poland’s Prime Minister Beata Szydło this afternoon following her speech yesterday to discuss Britain’s objectives for the negotiations...

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News story: Get It Right from a Genuine Site copyright campaign update

In recent weeks there have been news articles published about the Get It Right from a Genuine Site awareness campaign, which highlights the value of the creative industries to the UK. The awareness campaign was...

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Press release: Public information exhibitions for new M56 junction options

People living near Runcorn in Cheshire are being reminded that public information exhibitions on options for a new motorway junction along the M56 will get underway next week.

A new junction – junction...

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Press release: Co-op ordered to tell drivers the cost of no-claims bonus protection

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has issued directions to the insurer insisting that it takes immediate action to provide price information to thousands of affected motorists, to comply with...

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News story: New opportunities offered as details of new rail franchise are released

The government has today (19 January 2017) released further details of a new rail franchise, which will combine the existing Inter City West Coast services with the development and introduction of services on...

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News story: New Director for Corporate Strategy, Ofsted

I am delighted to announce that we have appointed Luke Tryl into the new Director, Corporate Strategy role. Luke is joining us from Public Policy Projects, an independent think tank, and has previously worked...

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Press release: Report 01/2017: Wheelchair contacting a train at Twyford station
Summary

At around 10:52 hrs on 7 April 2016, a wheelchair occupied by a teenage girl moved towards the edge of platform 4 at Twyford station and came into multiple glancing contacts with the wagons of a passing...

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Government response: Watch Tower: Statement on administrative court proceedings

The Commission opened a statutory inquiry into the Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society of Britain (‘the charity’) on 27 May 2014, to investigate how the charity safeguards children and adults at risk...

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News story: Culture Secretary appoints new chairs of British Tourist Authority and VisitEngland

Culture Secretary, The Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP, has appointed Steve Ridgway as the new Chair of the British Tourist Authority (VisitBritain/ VisitEngland) and Denis Wormwell as the new Chair of the VisitEngland...

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Speech: We will create a fairer society: article by Theresa May

Last year, the country took a momentous decision. People voted in their millions to leave the European Union and embrace a brighter future for Britain.

This is the year we start to make it happen.

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News story: Are you on top of your charity’s annual report and accounts submission?

The Charity Commission is today reminding all charities, specifically those with a financial year ending 31 March, to file their annual return or accounts.

On Friday 13 January, 3,584 charities with a...

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Press release: Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson visits India

Today (Wednesday), the Foreign Secretary will visit New Delhi to set out the UK’s vision for a Global Britain and a strengthened relationship with India and the region in a keynote speech at the Raisina Dialogue...

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Press release: Tenth anniversary of the MSC Napoli shipwreck disaster

It was a nightmare scenario – a huge container ship heading down the English Channel is severely damaged in a storm and forced to come ashore on Dorset’s famous Jurassic Coast – a World Heritage Coastline. The...

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Speech: "These actions show that Iran chooses to complicate, not extinguish, a conflict that has persisted for far too long."

Thank you very much Mr President,

Actually, I wanted to begin by paying tribute to you, Samantha, in your final appearance in the Security Council. Throughout all of my time here, you have been that hard...

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18 January

News story: PM calls with European leaders: 17 January 2017

A Downing Street spokesperson said:

The Prime Minister called European leaders today following her speech to set out our objectives for the Brexit negotiations and her vision for the right deal...

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News story: Minister for the Middle East visits Iran

The minister will meet the Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs, Majid Takht Ravanchi .

Mr Ellwood said:

This is an opportunity to continue our dialogue with Iran on a ...

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News story: Launch of open competition to deliver fundraising training for small, local charities

On Local Charities Day on 16 December 2016, DCMS announced it would fund a further 3 years of fundraising training. This open competition is to select a provider(s) to deliver the first 2 years of training...

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News story: Voice ID showcases latest digital development for HMRC customers

Customers using the HMRC mobile app can already use their fingerprint to access their information. Now HMRC is introducing technology that will recognise a customer’s voice when they call.

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