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27 March

Corporate report: Probation Trust reports and accounts 2014

Updated: Report added for Wales Probation Trust.

These documents contain the following information: Probation Trust Report and Accounts for the period 1 April to 31 October 2014.

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Statistical data set: Price Paid Data

Updated: February 2015 data added

Current month (February 2015 data)

These include the transactions received at Land Registry in the period from the first to the last day of the corresponding month. The...

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Independent report: A mission-oriented approach to building the entrepreneurial state

Innovate UK commissioned this independent report by Professor Mariana Mazzucato, of the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex, to explore how Innovate UK might better engage with businesses...

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Transparency data: Common basic data set (CBDS): requests for change (RFC) 2015

Updated: Added 'RFC 784: changes to ethnicity codeset'.

These files contain information for suppliers developing software and management information systems (MIS) for local authorities and schools.

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Transparency data: HMRC major projects: appointment letters for Senior Responsible Owners

Each government department publishes the letters of appointment for their Government Major Projects Portfolio (GMPP) Senior Responsible Owners (SROs). These letters include the date of appointment, the project...

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Guidance: Register of licensed sponsors: workers

Updated: Updated register.

This document lists Tier 2 and 5 sponsors. It includes information about the category of workers they’re licensed to sponsor and their sponsorship rating.

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Guidance: Register of licensed sponsors: students

Updated: Updated register.

This document lists Tier 4 sponsors. It includes information about the category of students they’re licensed to sponsor and their sponsorship rating.

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Transparency data: Insolvency practitioner sanctions: Nicola Leslie Francis

The order was considered on the basis that it is necessary to do so in order to protect the public.

The Interim Order Committee concluded that it was necessary to impose an interim order in this case...

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Policy paper: Government response to HSC report on NHS complaints

The report outlines the way the government wants to create long lasting cultural change across the health and social care system. The government believes that improving the way in which the NHS manages and responds...

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Promotional material: Smart motorways: campaign

Updated: Red X awareness safety poster has been added to GOV.UK

Campaign material to help raise awareness of smart motorways. This material has been created by the Highways Agency for use by its stakeholders...

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Guidance: Air ambulance charities VAT grant scheme: 2014 to 2015

This document gives a short introduction to the scheme and describes the process for applying.

A grant application form, for return to the Department of Health, is also provided.

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Research and analysis: Survey of NHS foundation trust governors 2014/15: the results

This is the third survey of NHS foundation trust governors undertaken since the role was introduced in 2004.

Overall, governors are more positive about their role and are making progress in their...

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Correspondence: Somerset county council: advisers appointed

Ofsted issued Somerset county council with an improvement notice on 21 November 2013, following an inspection that found child protection services ‘inadequate’. On 27 March 2015, Ofsted judged the council ‘inadequate...

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Guidance: Exporting to Malaysia

Updated: 2015 update of country guide

A detailed guide on doing business in and with Malaysia. The guide contains information on:

challenges of doing business in Malaysia growth potential trade...
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Guidance: Start-up aid for airports: applications received

The Department for Transport (DfT) has received funding request for 19 air routes for start-up aid funding. DfT is now assessing the bids and will announce a short-list of routes in May 2015 that will ...

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Guidance: LRS: maintenance schedule

Updated: New version of LRS maintenance schedule uploaded on 27 March 2015.

Dates have been identified to allow for routine maintenance, non-urgent changes and minor releases.

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Corporate report: DfT Science Advisory Council: annual report, 2014 to 2015

Our annual report and accounts present results from Department for Transport’s Science Advisory Council for January 2014 to January 2015. The report considers the way the council operates and its interaction ...

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Guidance: Marine species: protection

Updated: Information on protecting Tope, shark finning, protective measures and pair trawling for bass added

Many marine species are protected by EU and UK wildlife legislation from intentional or deliberate...

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Research and analysis: Modelling marine recreation potential in England (MMO 1064)

Updated: Supporting information for MMO1064 datasets PDF added

This builds on previous recreation projects, which focused on gathering spatial evidence of marine recreation at the national, East and South...

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Form: PAYE: regional employer National Insurance contributions holiday (E89)

Updated: Form E89 for employers to record Class 1 contributions withheld under a qualifying National Insurance contributions holiday has been updated.

Related forms and guidance

Regional employer National...

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Guidance: Defence and security export market briefing: Australia

UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation (UKTI DSO) country briefing, providing details of the Australian defence and security market.

This briefing includes:

industrial base ...
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Guidance: UKCES Futures Programme: an introduction

Updated: Updated introduction document to most recent version.

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) is running a programme of competitions that target specific workforce development problems...

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Guidance: UKCES Futures Programme: application form

Updated: Updated example finance spreadsheet to most recent version.

Competition 5 - developing leadership and entrepreneurial skills in small firms, is now open.

All formal applications ...

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Statutory guidance: Fishing vessel licence variations

Updated: Licence Variation: Effective 00:01hrs Sunday 29 March 2015 - Interfish added

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

Variations...

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Guidance: Community learning mental health pilot

Updated: Now published: Community Learning Mental Health Pilots – organisations to be awarded a contract

The Skills Funding Agency will award contracts to 62 organisations across our 6 operational areas...

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Corporate report: Alternative format DWP communications for blind and partially sighted people: a review

We produced this review with support from the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and other charities and stakeholders.

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Statistics: Prison population figures: 2015

Updated: Prison population figures for 27 March 2015.

Latest prison population figures for 2015.

Earlier editions

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Guidance: Defence and security export market briefing: South Korea

Updated: Updated guide

UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation (UKTI DSO) country briefing, providing details of the South Korean defence and security market.

This briefing includes...

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Transparency data: DWP business plan transparency measures

Updated: Added latest data for February 2015 on the proportion of State Pension claims completed online (section 16 of the DWP business plan transparency measures document).

The government is committed ...

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News story: New powers make it easier to tackle anti-social behaviour

The Civil Injunction, one of six new anti-social behaviour powers introduced by the Coalition Government under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, has come into force today (Monday 23 March...

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News story: Home Office rewards police innovation

The Home Office today awarded millions of pounds to innovative, collaborative and cost-saving projects aimed at transforming policing.

All 43 forces in England and Wales will benefit from a share of the...

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Gutersloh LSU Drawdown Briefs

As a Dependant employee of Gutersloh LSU, you will be aware of the closure of the agency in 2016. The purpose of these briefs is to communicate the processes and mechanics of the drawdown, the management of...

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News story: SFA funding statements annual notifications

Updated: News story has been updated.

Last week colleges and training organisations received their funding statements, setting out their funding allocation for the 2015 to 2016 funding year. We have now...

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News story: CMA publishes Worldpay interim measures decision

Worldpay, a provider of payment services to merchants such as retailers, submitted an application in September 2014 for the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to use its power to impose interim measures ...

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Press release: Biggest overhaul of consumer rights in a generation

The Act is a major part of the government’s reform of UK consumer law and is predicted to boost the economy by £4 billion over the next decade by streamlining complicated law from 8 pieces of legislation...

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News story: Prisons seeking National Autistic Society help to improve support for prisoners

At the start of World Autism Week, which runs from 27 March 2015 to 2 April 2015, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has taken a significant step to improve the rehabilitation support for prisoners with autism. Read more. (cached), Summary and Comments (0), Email this. First seen at 11:30, 27 March

Press release: UK to provide £5 million support to tackle Boko Haram

The Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond MP, has announced £5m of UK support for a new regional Task Force to tackle Boko Haram in northern Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin area. The Multinational Joint...

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Press release: Minister welcomes Human Rights Council resolution condemning situation in Syria

The Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood said:

The Assad regime chose to use fear and violence to repress democratic protests and calls for individual freedoms. Four years later we have seen...

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Press release: Eric Pickles welcomes council prayers law

The Local Government Secretary has welcomed the passing of a new law to ensure all councils have the right to hold prayers at the start of their meetings.

The Local Government (Religious Observances...

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News story: Modernisation of insolvency rules: publication of further working draft

The Insolvency Service consulted on an earlier draft between September 2013 and January 2014.

Responses to the consultation resulted in well over a thousand policy and drafting points and we have been...

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Press release: New charity investigation: Sheffield Reclamation Limited

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has opened a new statutory inquiry into the charity Sheffield Reclamation Limited (charity registration number 1025612 Read more. (cached), Summary and Comments (0), Email this. First seen at 11:30, 27 March

Press release: Appointments maintain and enhance expertise of the Building Regulations Advisory Committee

Minister for Communities Stephen Williams has reappointed Neil Cooper as the Chairman of the Building Regulations Advisory Committee for a second term of 3 years following success in a competitive recruitment...

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News story: Changes to insolvency legislation enacted
Changes introduced by the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (most provisions to be implemented over the course of the next year or more) Directors’ disqualification

Introduces:

...
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News story: 19 new regional air routes bid for start-up aid funding

Smaller airports across the UK will benefit from new routes thanks to a start-up aid fund to back greater connectivity, aviation minister Robert Goodwill announced today (27 March 2015).

The Department...

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News story: Government, FA and Premier League combine to boost football’s grassroots

The Government, The FA and the Premier League have committed to joining forces to build more state of the art 3G pitches in 150 sport hubs across 30 cities over the next five years.

Last December the ...

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News story: Vince Cable announces successful partners delivering £20m adult skills project to help mental health

Following a successful procurement process, the Skills Funding Agency has notified 62 Community learning providers they will receive a contract to pilot adult education courses to help adults recover from...

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Decision: CAC Outcome: RMT & Interserve FS (UK) Ltd (2)

Updated: Form of Ballot decision issued on 26 March 2015.

The decisions set out:

names of CAC panel members name of the case manager issue in dispute views of the parties considerations of...
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Guidance: Violence against women and girls: Evidence digest March 2015

Here is a selection of the latest evidence on violence against women and girls (VAWG), released in the last few months:

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

Updated: Added a new call for TÜBİTAK/Newton grant fellowships for UK PhD and post-doctoral researchers

Information on the £375 million Newton Fund and the partner countries under the fund. It...

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Policy paper: Capacity Market Rules

Updated: Draft Capacity Market (Amendment) Rules 2015

The draft Capacity Market (Amendment) Rules 2015 set out the rules for electricity interconnectors to participate in the Capacity Market; detailed...

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Guidance: Facilities for apprenticeship grant for employers: financial year 2015 to 2016

This document provides training organisations with information about how we have calculated their Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) facility and how their facility will be managed for the financial year...

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Research and analysis: National Emission Reduction Plan (NERP): quarterly register

Updated: Updated 2014 NERP quarterly register - quarter 4

The National Emission Reduction Plan (NERP) is issued by Defra in accordance with Article 4.6 of the Large Combustion Plants Directive (LCPD) and...

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Corporate report: Baxendale Report: How to best attract, induct and retain talent recruited into the Senior Civil Service

In 2014 the Civil Service commissioned Catherine Baxendale to research the issues external hires face when joining the senior levels of the Civil Service.

The Baxendale report makes a number of recommendations...

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Consultation outcome: Economic regulators: encouraging closer co-operation

Updated: Public feedback and government response published.

Economic regulation, eg controlling prices and encouraging competition, is important to us. So are the benefits resulting from the independence...

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Transparency data: DWP major projects: Senior Responsible Owners’ appointment letters

Each government department publishes the letters of appointment for their GMPP SROs. These letters include the date of appointment, project deliverables, the tenure of the role linked to key project milestones...

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Guidance: CMR bulletin 25

Claims management regulation (CMR) business bulletin number 25 contains guidance and information about:

the payment of annual fees the new Legal Ombudsman complaints handling scheme obtaining sufficient...
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Guidance: Future of apprenticeships in England: guidance for trailblazers

Updated: Guidance updated to reflect the latest policy and process.

Groups of employers (trailblazers) have been leading the way in carrying out the changes to apprenticeships. They have been working together...

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Guidance: Charity reporting and accounting: the essentials March 2015 (CC15c)

This guidance explains the different accounting and reporting requirements for different sizes and types of charity for financial years ending on or after 31 March 2015.

To understand what you need to...

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Transparency data: Departmental spend over £500: February 2015

A monthly, updated list of all financial transactions spending over £500 made by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

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Transparency data: Government procurement card spend over £500: February 2015

A monthly list of spending over £500 made on the Government Procurement Card by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

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Guidance: Dealing with illegal and unauthorised encampments

This is a summary of the powers that public bodies have to help them deal with illegal and unauthorised sites. It is published jointly by the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Home Office and...

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Correspondence: Unauthorised encampments

A joint ministerial letter to council leaders, police and crime commissioners and police chief constables about their response to unauthorised encampments.

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Corporate report: Olympic Lottery Distribution Fund Account for the period 1 April 2014 to 30 January 2015

Olympic Lottery Distribution Fund. Annual Reports and Accounts for the period 1 April 2014 to 30 January 2015

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Guidance: Key stage 2 teacher assessment data collection 2015: technical specification

Updated: The specification now includes a link to the published A Comp document.

This specification will enable schools, local authorities, educational establishments outside of local authority control ...

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Guidance: HS2 ground investigations: a non-technical guide

Ground investigation is the examination and study of the soil, rock and groundwater at the site of planned infrastructure and building projects.

A number of survey methods are used to obtain samples, ...

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FOI release: Incidents of bullying

Bullying FOI: number of reported incidents of staff bullying for each year since 2010, and corresponding number of disciplinary actions taken for such incidents in each year.

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Statistics: Weekly rainfall and river flow summary: 18 to 24 March 2015

A review of the rainfall and river flow data for England covering the 7 day period (Wednesday to Tuesday).

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Policy paper: Priority actions to improve social mobility in the civil service

This paper sets out priority actions for improving the social mobility of the civil service workforce including improving data collection and insight, reviewing recruitment practices and talent schemes, and understanding...

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FOI release: Costs of translators and translating documents

Translators - FOI total cost of translators and the cost of translating documents to be used by Defra or put in the public domain during the financial years 2010/11 to 2014/15 (to February 2015).

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Corporate report: Planning Inspectorate board minutes - 12 February 2015

In the interests of transparency we regularly publish minutes of board meetings.

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Guidance: Incorporation and names

Updated: Latest version of the guidance uploaded (v5.4)

This guide includes information and advice about:

how to incorporate a limited company the type of company you wish to incorporate the company...
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Guidance: Incorporation and names

Updated: Latest version of the guidance uploaded (v5.4)

This guide includes information and advice about:

how to incorporate a limited company the type of company you wish to incorporate the company...
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FOI release: First class flights taken by civil servants within Defra

Flights FOI: how many first class flights civil servants took as part of their work in 2012/13 (May 2012 onwards) and 2013/14; for a list of such flights; and for the rules governing taking a first class flight...

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FOI release: Use of employment agencies at the UK Co-ordinating Body (UKCB)

UK Co-ordinating Body (UKCB) - FOI use of employment agencies at the UKCB.

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Guidance: DH non-executive appointments

Updated: Updated to include appointments to Health Education England; Committee on Mutagenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment; Administration of Radioactive Substances Advisory Committee...

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Guidance: Audit Commission future functions: who to contact

The table in this document sets which organisation is the correct point of contact or repository for information (for example retaining information on their website) before and after 1 April 2015.

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Correspondence: Recovered appeal: Honeycrock Farm, Axes Lane, Redhill, Surrey RH1 5QL (ref 2220464, 26 March 2015)

Decision letter and Inspector’s Report for a recovered appeal for the retention of farmhouse for agricultural worker, together with retention of conservatory, fish pond, patio and extended patio, hardstanding...

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FOI release: Numbers of dogs on the Index of Exempted Dogs

Dogs FOI: number of dogs currently registered on the Index of Exempted Dogs; of those, number exempted as a pit bull terrier type, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasiliero and Japanese Tosa; number of dogs currently in...

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Guidance: Crown Commercial Service update: March 2015

The monthly customer update from CCS is designed to provide government and public sector buyers with the latest information about recent developments in procurement policy and commercial reform, the range of ...

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FOI release: Green claims: write off action

A request for information was made for details of all green claims written off over the past 2 years. In response, the Highways Agency withheld this information on reliance of Section 12 of the Freedom of Information...

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Guidance: Traineeships: supporting information

Updated: New information added about benefits rules changes for Traineeships.

To support employers and training organisations, it confirms the arrangements detailed in the funding rules from the Skills ...

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FOI release: Numbers of prohibited type dogs on exempted index

Prohibited type dogs - FOI details of numbers of dogs on the exempted prohibited dogs index as well as the numbers of licences issued under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976.

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Corporate report: DFID Review of Digital in Development Programmes

Digital technologies can add value to our development interventions to help us reach greater numbers of poor and marginalised people more quickly and cost-effectively – and there are some successful examples ...

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Policy paper: NHS England accountability meeting minutes

Updated: Added minutes for February 2015

The Secretary of State for Health and officials from the Department of Health met representatives from NHS England to talk about issues of accountability.

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Guidance: Guidance on community ownership models under the Feed-in Tariffs scheme

This guidance gives a summary of the scheme’s new community provisions from 1 April 2015, and an assessment of how they apply to the main types of community and shared ownership models.

It also signposts...

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Open consultation: GCSE reform: regulations for science

This consultation is about the rules and guidance we need to put in place for new GCSEs in science (biology, chemistry, physics and combined science). These rules will apply to the exam boards that want to offer...

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Policy paper: ISAs: transfer of benefits to surviving spouse or civil partner upon death

These regulations amend the Individual Savings Account Regulations 1998 to provide for the spouse or civil partner of a deceased ISA saver to receive an additional ISA allowance up to the value of the deceased...

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Southampton’s new arts complex set to be ‘a shining beacon’
Southampton’s new arts complex set to be ‘a shining beacon’
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News story: New powers make it easier to tackle anti-social behaviour

The Civil Injunction, one of six new anti-social behaviour powers introduced by the Coalition Government under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, has come into force today (Monday 23 March...

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News story: Home Office rewards police innovation

The Home Office today awarded millions of pounds to innovative, collaborative and cost-saving projects aimed at transforming policing.

All 43 forces in England and Wales will benefit from a share of the...

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News story: Appeal filter completes reform of extradition arrangements

The appeals filter was introduced in the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and will become operational in 21 days, after the Immigration and Security Minister signed the necessary amendments. Read more. (cached), Summary and Comments (0), Email this. First seen at 10:31, 27 March

LSB announces new members of the Office for Legal Complaints
27 March 2015 - The Legal Services Board announces five new members of the Office of Legal Complaint, which is the Board of the Legal Ombudsman and is responsible for the administration of the scheme.
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QRH Welfare Families Centre Facelift

Fri 20 Mar saw Soldiers and families, from QRH, come together as the Regiment celebrated St. Patrick's Day. It was an opportunity for QRH to commemorate its identity through its ...

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Gutersloh LSU Drawdown Briefs

As a Dependant employee of Gutersloh LSU, you will be aware of the closure of the agency in 2016. The purpose of these briefs is to communicate the processes and mechanics of the drawdown, the management...

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News story: International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill 2015 receives Royal Assent

The legislation was introduced to Parliament by Michael Moore MP and was supported by the Government.

In 2013 the UK delivered on its pledge to spend 0.7% of gross national income (GNI) as official development...

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News story: ‘Find an apprenticeship’ service live from May

Launched in December 2014, the new ‘Find an apprenticeship’ system system has been designed to give users a more effective way to search and apply. They will also be able to gain quick and easy access...

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Press release: February 2015 Market Trend Data

Updated: Added translation

The February data shows an annual price increase of 6.5 per cent which takes the average property value in England and Wales to £180,252 compared with the peak of &...

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Press release: Schools get £4 million boost from copyright deals

Schools and local authorities across England will collectively save around £4 million after a copyright deal was struck for rights to the use of music in schools, the government confirmed today (27 ...

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Press release: New charity investigation: Kurdish Community Centre

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has opened a statutory inquiry into the Kurdish Community Centre (registered charity number 1083004). The inquiry was...

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News story: UKTI attending America’s largest cyber security event

UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) are hosting a UK pavilion showcasing British expertise from the UK’s cyber security Small Medium Enterprise (SME) community.

RSA is one of highest profile cyber ...

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