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News 30 March 2020


Press release: Voucher scheme launches for schools providing free school meals

Press release: Voucher scheme launches for schools providing free school meals

Weekly shopping vouchers worth £15 to spend at supermarkets while schools are closed due to coronavirus

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Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID 19): free school meals guidance

Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID 19): free school meals guidance

Guidance for schools and local authorities on free school meals arrangements during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Speech: Foreign Secretary's statement on coronavirus (COVID 19): 30 March 2020

Speech: Foreign Secretary's statement on coronavirus (COVID 19): 30 March 2020

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab gave the 30 March 2020 daily press briefing on the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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First meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee

First meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee

Readout from the first meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee.

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Guidance: Factsheet: Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee

Guidance: Factsheet: Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee

A factsheet about the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee, which oversees UK and EU implementation, application and interpretation of the Withdrawal Agreement.

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Decision: Temporary approval of home use for both stages of early medical abortion

Decision: Temporary approval of home use for both stages of early medical abortion

Temporary approval of women’s homes and the homes of registered medical practitioners as classes of place for early medical abortion up to 10 weeks.

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Notice: BB8 7EA, Mr John Birtles, Mr Eric Robinson, Mr Richard Eyre and Mrs Laura King: environmental permit application advertisement  EPR/QB3593AA/A001

Notice: BB8 7EA, Mr John Birtles, Mr Eric Robinson, Mr Richard Eyre and Mrs Laura King: environmental permit application advertisement EPR/QB3593AA/A001

View the application submitted by Mr John Birtles, Mr Eric Robinson, Mr Richard Eyre and Mrs Laura King for Kentmere, Castle Road, Colne, Lancashire, BB8 7EA.

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Notice: EX6 7XS, Motor Fuel Limited: environmental permit application advertisement  EPR/PB3395EY/A001

Notice: EX6 7XS, Motor Fuel Limited: environmental permit application advertisement EPR/PB3395EY/A001

View the application submitted by Motor Fuel Limited for Winning Post Services, Winning Post Services, A38, Haldon Hill, Exeter, EX6 7XS.

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Notice: LA8 8JN, Starnthwaite Ghyll Management Company: environmental permit application advertisement  EPR/PB3492VH/A001

Notice: LA8 8JN, Starnthwaite Ghyll Management Company: environmental permit application advertisement EPR/PB3492VH/A001

View the application submitted by Starnthwaite Ghyll Management Company for Starnthwaite Ghyll, Starnthwaite, Nr Crosthwaite, Kendal, LA8 8JN.

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Guidance: Technical Specifications for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Guidance: Technical Specifications for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

The documents attached define the technical and regulatory standards for Personal Protective Equipment

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Decision: Coronavirus (COVID 19): ministerial direction on spend

Decision: Coronavirus (COVID 19): ministerial direction on spend

Letters authorising spend on urgent coronavirus (COVID-19) issues by the Department of Health and Social Care and its ALBs.

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Detailed guide: COVID Support Force: the MOD’s contribution to the coronavirus response

Detailed guide: COVID Support Force: the MOD’s contribution to the coronavirus response

On 18 March the Defence Secretary announced new measures to enable armed forces personnel to support public services in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Temporary changes to right to rent and right to work checks

Temporary changes to right to rent and right to work checks

Landlords and employers not required to see original documents during coronavirus outbreak.

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Policy paper: Slides to accompany coronavirus press conference: 30 March 2020

Policy paper: Slides to accompany coronavirus press conference: 30 March 2020

Press conference slides used by Sir Patrick Vallance.

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Policy paper: Slides and datasets to accompany coronavirus press conference: 30 March 2020

Policy paper: Slides and datasets to accompany coronavirus press conference: 30 March 2020

Press conference slides and datasets used by Sir Patrick Vallance.

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Press release: Have your say on Marine Planning in England

Press release: Have your say on Marine Planning in England

Marine Planning consultation now open

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Policy paper: Coronavirus (COVID 19) government assisted return by air: letter to the airline industry

Policy paper: Coronavirus (COVID 19) government assisted return by air: letter to the airline industry

The Foreign Secretary and Secretary of State for Transport wrote about the new government-industry partnership to help stranded British travellers to return.

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Policy paper: Coronavirus (COVID 19) government assisted return by air: letter to the airline industry

Policy paper: Coronavirus (COVID 19) government assisted return by air: letter to the airline industry

The Foreign Secretary and Secretary of State for Transport wrote to airlines about the new government-industry partnership to help stranded British travellers.

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Detailed guide: Coronavirus (COVID 19): landlord right to rent checks

Detailed guide: Coronavirus (COVID 19): landlord right to rent checks

Advice for landlords carrying out right to rent checks during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Detailed guide: Coronavirus (COVID 19): right to work checks

Detailed guide: Coronavirus (COVID 19): right to work checks

Advice for employers carrying out right to work checks during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Guidance: COVID 19: investigation and initial clinical management of possible cases

Guidance: COVID 19: investigation and initial clinical management of possible cases

Information on case definitions, and the initial assessment and investigation of possible cases of COVID-19 infection.

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Detailed guide: River Thames: restrictions and closures

Detailed guide: River Thames: restrictions and closures

Navigation on the River Thames may be restricted or closed in certain areas. Find out where and when these restrictions and closures are.

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Press release: New Government partnership with airlines to fly back more tourists stranded abroad

Press release: New Government partnership with airlines to fly back more tourists stranded abroad

The Foreign Office has announced a new Government partnership with airlines to fly back more tourists stranded abroad due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Press release: New government partnership with airlines to fly back more tourists stranded abroad

Press release: New government partnership with airlines to fly back more tourists stranded abroad

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office announces a new government partnership with airlines to fly back more tourists stranded abroad due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Notice: Government restrictions due to Coronavirus 2020: lock restriction notice

Notice: Government restrictions due to Coronavirus 2020: lock restriction notice

Information on the restrictions affecting the navigation on the River Thames.

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Detailed guide: Number of coronavirus (COVID 19) cases and risk in the UK

Detailed guide: Number of coronavirus (COVID 19) cases and risk in the UK

The latest number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk level in the UK.

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Guidance: COVID 19: background information

Guidance: COVID 19: background information

Information on COVID-19 including epidemiology, virology and clinical features.

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Detailed guide: Admiralty and commercial court judges

Detailed guide: Admiralty and commercial court judges

Contact details for judges in the Admiralty Court and Commercial Court, including emails, phone numbers and links to biographies.

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Guidance: Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA) newsletter

Guidance: Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA) newsletter

Salisbury Plain updates on training activities and access.

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Research and analysis: Hospital tooth extractions of 0 to 19 year olds

Research and analysis: Hospital tooth extractions of 0 to 19 year olds

Episodes of children being admitted to hospital for tooth extractions from 2011 to 2019.

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Detailed guide: Service family accommodation

Detailed guide: Service family accommodation

A guide for service families about applying for, maintaining, moving in and out of and living in UK service family accommodation (SFA).

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Contact the Government Legal Department electronically

Contact the Government Legal Department electronically

The service of new legal proceedings should be via email.

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Guidance: Sealand Ranges firing times

Guidance: Sealand Ranges firing times

Warning notice of firing at Sealand Ranges.

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Guidance: Otterburn firing times

Guidance: Otterburn firing times

Dates and times when Otterburn and Redesdale ranges and Bellshiel demolition range are being used for live firing.

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Guidance: Kingsbury ranges firing times

Guidance: Kingsbury ranges firing times

Warning notice of firing at Kingsbury ranges.

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Guidance: Whittington ranges firing times

Guidance: Whittington ranges firing times

Warning notice of firing at Whittington ranges.

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Detailed guide: Subject knowledge enhancement: an introduction

Detailed guide: Subject knowledge enhancement: an introduction

Information about subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) support for initial teacher training (ITT) recruitment.

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Detailed guide: River Thames: locks and facilities for boaters

Detailed guide: River Thames: locks and facilities for boaters

Facilities for boaters at Environment Agency lock sites on the non-tidal River Thames and the River Kennet.

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Correspondence: eAlert: 30 March 2020   Round two of the Urban Tree Challenge Fund opens today

Correspondence: eAlert: 30 March 2020 Round two of the Urban Tree Challenge Fund opens today

We are pleased to announce that you can now apply for round two of the Urban Tree Challenge Fund.

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New service allows DBS to respond quicker to recruitment requests during COVID 19

New service allows DBS to respond quicker to recruitment requests during COVID 19

Temporary arrangements have been put in place, to provide DBS checks and fast-track emergency checks of the Adults’ and Children’s Barred Lists free-of-charge.

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Transparency data: Annual Equality Monitoring Report: 1 April 2018 – 31 March 2019

Transparency data: Annual Equality Monitoring Report: 1 April 2018 – 31 March 2019

This report outlines what the Forestry Commission is doing to increase the diversity of its workforce and connect everyone with the nation’s forests.

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Detailed guide: College collaboration fund (CCF)

Detailed guide: College collaboration fund (CCF)

How to apply for CCF funding, a peer-support programme to help FE colleges share good practice and develop quality improvement priorities.

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Statutory guidance: Tree felling: getting permission

Statutory guidance: Tree felling: getting permission

This booklet tells you what you need to know about getting permission to fell any trees for yourself or for someone else.

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Guidance: European food microbiology legislation scheme: recent results

Guidance: European food microbiology legislation scheme: recent results

Results from examinations of simulated food samples tested for compliance with Regulation (EC) 2073/2005 of the European food microbiology legislation scheme.

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Guidance: COVID 19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

Guidance: COVID 19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

Information for shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.

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Detailed guide: Woodland Carbon Guarantee

Detailed guide: Woodland Carbon Guarantee

Advice and guidance for customers applying for the Woodland Carbon Guarantee.

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Transparency data: DfE and executive agency spend over £25,000: 2019 to 2020

Transparency data: DfE and executive agency spend over £25,000: 2019 to 2020

Spending over £25,000 by the Department for Education (DfE) and its executive agencies during the financial year 2019 to 2020.

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Steelwork complete on UKAEA Yorkshire building

Steelwork complete on UKAEA Yorkshire building

UKAEA’s new fusion technology centre at Rotherham is now well under construction.

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Guidance: Pet travel: approved air, sea and rail carriers and routes

Guidance: Pet travel: approved air, sea and rail carriers and routes

Check the transport companies and routes you can use to bring your pet cat, dog or ferret to England, Scotland or Wales.

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Press release: Coronavirus (COVID 19) guidance for Community Interest Companies (CICs)

Press release: Coronavirus (COVID 19) guidance for Community Interest Companies (CICs)

The Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies (CICs) has robust plans in place to maintain services for CICs and protect the welfare of employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Press release: Coronavirus (COVID 19) guidance for Community Interest Companies (CICs)

Press release: Coronavirus (COVID 19) guidance for Community Interest Companies (CICs)

The Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies (CICs) has robust plans in place to maintain services for CICs and protect the welfare of employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Detailed guide: DBS and Coronavirus (COVID 19): Frequently asked questions

Detailed guide: DBS and Coronavirus (COVID 19): Frequently asked questions

A regularly updated list of answers to frequently asked questions related to DBS and coronavirus.

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Detailed guide: COVID 19: How DBS is supporting the fight against coronavirus

Detailed guide: COVID 19: How DBS is supporting the fight against coronavirus

A collection of factsheets, updated guidelines and news stories related to DBS and coronavirus.

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Detailed guide: COVID 19: How DBS is supporting the fight against coronavirus

Detailed guide: COVID 19: How DBS is supporting the fight against coronavirus

A collection of factsheets, updated guidelines and news stories related to DBS and coronavirus.

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Corona virus (COVID 19)   Updates and changes to services

Corona virus (COVID 19) Updates and changes to services

Our response to FOIs, EIRs and SARs may take longer for us to complete at the moment because of COVID-19 implications.

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Guidance: COVID 19: guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people

Guidance: COVID 19: guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people

Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK, including children, and protecting older people and vulnerable people.

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Guidance: Future Accommodation Model: what you need to know

Guidance: Future Accommodation Model: what you need to know

The Ministry of Defence is exploring how it can provide armed forces personnel with more choice of housing and meet their aspirations for home ownership.

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Form: D Day 70: application form for award of the Legion D’Honneur

Form: D Day 70: application form for award of the Legion D’Honneur

Application form for the award of the Legion D’Honneur available to all surviving veterans.

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Research and analysis: Notifiable diseases: causative agents report for 2020

Research and analysis: Notifiable diseases: causative agents report for 2020

Weekly data from UK laboratories on the number of cases of notifiable bacteria and viruses.

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Coronavirus (COVID 19): impact on our services

Coronavirus (COVID 19): impact on our services

We are currently reviewing how we continue to deliver our services during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and further details will be provided shortly.

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Transparency data: SLC Gender Pay Gap Report 2019

Transparency data: SLC Gender Pay Gap Report 2019

Data on the difference in employees’ average earnings from April 2018 to March 2019.

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New grant scheme launches to support victims of terrorism

New grant scheme launches to support victims of terrorism

More support offered to victims of terrorism through new grant of up to £500,000.

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New Permanent Secretary at the Cabinet Office and Chief Operating Officer for the Civil Service

New Permanent Secretary at the Cabinet Office and Chief Operating Officer for the Civil Service

Alex Chisholm has been announced as the new Permanent Secretary at the Cabinet Office and Chief Operating Officer for the Civil Service.

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New Permanent Secretary at the Cabinet Office and Chief Operating Officer for the Civil Service

New Permanent Secretary at the Cabinet Office and Chief Operating Officer for the Civil Service

Alex Chisholm has been announced as the new Permanent Secretary at the Cabinet Office and Chief Operating Officer for the Civil Service.

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Form: Touchstone Award for Trading Standards   postponed to 2021

Form: Touchstone Award for Trading Standards postponed to 2021

The Touchstone Award has been postponed to 2021 in light of COVID-19.

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Detailed guide: Applying to the G Cloud framework

Detailed guide: Applying to the G Cloud framework

How to sell cloud hosting, software and support on the Digital Marketplace.

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Guidance: Drinking water scheme: recent trend analysis

Guidance: Drinking water scheme: recent trend analysis

This external quality assessment (EQA) scheme is for laboratories that routinely monitor drinking water for low levels of indicator organisms.

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Detailed guide: Keeping court and tribunal buildings safe, secure and clean

Detailed guide: Keeping court and tribunal buildings safe, secure and clean

This page provides details about security, cleaning and social-distancing arrangements in court and tribunal buildings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Detailed guide: Single Justice Procedure court lists

Detailed guide: Single Justice Procedure court lists

Please note: where possible the court lists will be updated prior to 2pm each day

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Guidance: Pathogenic vibrio scheme: recent intended results for distribution

Guidance: Pathogenic vibrio scheme: recent intended results for distribution

This external quality assessment (EQA) scheme is suited for laboratories examining food samples for Vibrio spp.

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Coronavirus (COVID 19): impact on our services

Coronavirus (COVID 19): impact on our services

We are currently reviewing how we continue to deliver our services during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and further details will be provided shortly.

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Guidance: COVID 19: guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing

Guidance: COVID 19: guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing

Advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Guidance: Plant Varieties and Seeds Gazette, 2020

Guidance: Plant Varieties and Seeds Gazette, 2020

Published March 2020 and special edition 2020/1 gazettes which provide information on practices and procedures covered under National List Regulation.

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Ofsted seeks views on proposals to revise post inspection arrangements

Ofsted seeks views on proposals to revise post inspection arrangements

Ofsted seeks your views on proposals to revise post-inspection arrangements across all of our work.

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Detailed guide: Ofsted: coronavirus (COVID 19) rolling update

Detailed guide: Ofsted: coronavirus (COVID 19) rolling update

Ofsted guidance and information relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) for schools, early years, children's social care and further education and skills providers.

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Open consultation: Changes to Ofsted’s post inspection processes and complaints handling: proposed improvements

Open consultation: Changes to Ofsted’s post inspection processes and complaints handling: proposed improvements

This is a consultation on our proposals for revisions to our post-inspection arrangements, including how we handle complaints about our work.

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FOI release: Highways England Senior Management structure report

FOI release: Highways England Senior Management structure report

Response to a request regarding Highways England’s senior management structure report.

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Official Statistics: NDNS: assessment of salt intake in adults, England 2018 to 2019

Official Statistics: NDNS: assessment of salt intake in adults, England 2018 to 2019

Data on estimated salt intake in adults in England aged 19 to 64 years. Published as part of the National Diet and Nutrition Survey.

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Ms L Varnham and others v United Jewellers Ltd and NQ Retail London Ltd: 2200299/2020 and others

Ms L Varnham and others v United Jewellers Ltd and NQ Retail London Ltd: 2200299/2020 and others

Employment Tribunal decision.

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Detailed guide: Medical devices clinical investigations during the coronavirus (COVID 19) outbreak

Detailed guide: Medical devices clinical investigations during the coronavirus (COVID 19) outbreak

Advice for investigators and sponsors of ongoing clinical investigations and new applications.

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Ms N Winter v OTGL Ltd: 2203352/2019

Ms N Winter v OTGL Ltd: 2203352/2019

Employment Tribunal decision.

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Mr Y Li v Vision Security Group Ltd: 2205390/2018

Mr Y Li v Vision Security Group Ltd: 2205390/2018

Employment Tribunal decision.

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Guidance: Poultry Health Scheme: list of members

Guidance: Poultry Health Scheme: list of members

Details of poultry establishments who are approved members of the Poultry Health Scheme (PHS).

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Research and analysis: Avian influenza in wild birds

Research and analysis: Avian influenza in wild birds

Report on weekly findings of highly pathogenic avian influenza (bird flu) in wild birds in Great Britain.

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Merger of retail investment software firms raises competition concerns

Merger of retail investment software firms raises competition concerns

FNZ’s purchase of GBST raises competition concerns in the provision of retail investment platform solutions in the UK, a CMA investigation has found.

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FNZ / GBST merger inquiry

FNZ / GBST merger inquiry

The CMA is investigating the completed acquisition of GBST Holdings Limited by FNZ (Australia) Bidco Pty Ltd.

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Mr P Niedzwiecki v Delish by Linda Ltd: 2204555/2019

Mr P Niedzwiecki v Delish by Linda Ltd: 2204555/2019

Employment Tribunal decision.

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Miss D Prowse v Lyndsay Green: 2202526/2019

Miss D Prowse v Lyndsay Green: 2202526/2019

Employment Tribunal decision.

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Ms M Sindze v Corps Security (UK) Ltd: 2200641/2019

Ms M Sindze v Corps Security (UK) Ltd: 2200641/2019

Employment Tribunal decision.

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Ms A Apostol and Mrs S Pirvu v Omni Facilities Management Ltd: 2201251/2019 and 2201252/2019

Ms A Apostol and Mrs S Pirvu v Omni Facilities Management Ltd: 2201251/2019 and 2201252/2019

Employment Tribunal decision.

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Mr A Algosh v Care Property Management Ltd: 2204860/2019

Mr A Algosh v Care Property Management Ltd: 2204860/2019

Employment Tribunal decision.

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Alterations to services   patents

Alterations to services patents

Following the unprecedented disruption caused by Coronavirus and the closure of IPO buildings, there are some alterations to the services we are providing at present.

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Appointment of the new Director General of the Security Service

Appointment of the new Director General of the Security Service

Ken McCallum has been named as the new head of MI5.

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Field Safety Notices   23 to 27 March 2020

Field Safety Notices 23 to 27 March 2020

Summary List of field safety notices (FSNs) from medical device manufacturers from 23 to 27 March 2020

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McGraw Hill Education / Cengage Learning Holdings merger inquiry

McGraw Hill Education / Cengage Learning Holdings merger inquiry

The CMA is investigating the anticipated acquisition by McGraw-Hill Education, Inc of Cengage Learning Holdings II, Inc.

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Mr A Adhikari v Belgravia Mews Hotel Ltd: 2204453/2019

Mr A Adhikari v Belgravia Mews Hotel Ltd: 2204453/2019

Employment Tribunal decision.

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Guidance: Defence Employer Recognition Scheme

Guidance: Defence Employer Recognition Scheme

The Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) encourages employers to support defence and inspire other organisations to do the same.

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