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More than 420,000 people get on the housing ladder with Help to Buy16 Aug

More than 420,000 people get on the housing ladder with Help to Buy16 Aug

Guide to AS and A level results for England, 201816 Aug

Environment Agency’s ‘Incident Management Portal’ receives international award15 Aug

Dream comes true for young ‘nuclear expert’15 Aug

IPA appoints new Director of Operations15 Aug

IPA appoints new Director of Operations15 Aug

Tune in to Companies House15 Aug

Degree-level Apprenticeship in Economics15 Aug

Tech firms win prize to help UK's renters onto the housing ladder15 Aug

Home Secretary’s statement on the Westminster incident14 Aug

Crime news: updated position on Litigators’ Graduated Fee Scheme14 Aug

Research reveals lesser known qualifications could help boost skills and jobs14 Aug

Unlawful Immigration Adviser Convicted for a second time13 Aug

Unlawful Immigration Adviser Convicted for a second time13 Aug

Exclusive schedule tender for Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme (HPCDS)13 Aug

Reporting a phishing email scam13 Aug

Deregulation of Welsh housing associations: registration requirements13 Aug

Finding explosives in electrical items demonstration day13 Aug

Finding explosives in electrical items demonstration day13 Aug

Near miss with track worker, Peterborough13 Aug

CMA refers airport services merger for in-depth investigation14 Aug

Efficient and sustainable agriculture: apply for funding13 Aug

Grouse moors: Working together to achieve shared outcomes13 Aug

THURSDAY, 16 AUGUST 2018  |  ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON NOVEL FOODS PROCESSES

More than 1.2 million people have opened Help to Buy ISA accounts so far. The average Help to Buy bonus claim reaches £800, a new record.

More than 420,000 people have now used the government’s Help to Buy schemes to help them realise their home-owning dreams, new figures show.

First-time buyers continue to open new Help to Buy: ISA accounts, with more than 1.2 million accounts now opened, offering government bonuses of up to £3,000 on top of their savings.

Quarterly Help to Buy statistics released today (Thursday 16 August) show that:

  • more than 420,000 completions have taken place using one or more of the Help to Buy schemes
  • more than 365,400 first-time buyer households are now on the housing ladder thanks to Help to Buy
  • the North West is the region with the highest number of Help to Buy completions (more than 20,000 in the last quarter)

John Glen, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, said:

We’re helping a new generation of first-time buyers realise their dream of owning a home.

Help to Buy continues to be hugely popular across the UK, with 420,000 people getting support so far.

And with our stamp duty cuts and the lifetime ISA, we are delivering for first-time buyers.

Kit Malthouse MP, Minister of State for Housing, said:

This government is committed to helping more people get on the housing ladder, restoring the dream of home ownership for a new generation.

Our Help To Buy: Equity Loan scheme has made this a reality for tens of thousands of households across the country, helping almost 170k households purchase their home.

More than 169,100 property purchases have taken place through the Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme, which offers buyers up to 20% of a newly built home’s costs so they only need to provide a 5% deposit.

95% of first-time buyers who pay stamp duty will also benefit from tax changes announced in Autumn Budget 2017, helping more than a million people get on the housing ladder over the next 5 years.

The government has abolished stamp duty altogether for first-time buyer purchases up to £300,000, and made this relief available for the first £300,000 of properties worth up to £500,000, providing help for people in higher value areas.

So far, 121,500 first-time buyers have saved a total of £284,000 thanks to this stamp duty relief.

The government is committed to making housing more affordable, with an aim to build 300,000 new homes a year in the areas that need it, as well as encouraging better use of land in cities and towns.

For people saving up for their first home or for later in life, the Lifetime ISA is also available. Savers can put in up to £4,000 each year, until the age of 50. The government will

THURSDAY, 16 AUGUST 2018  |  ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON NOVEL FOODS PROCESSES

More than 1.2 million people have opened Help to Buy ISA accounts so far. The average Help to Buy bonus claim reaches £800, a new record.

More than 420,000 people have now used the government’s Help to Buy schemes to help them realise their home-owning dreams, new figures show.

First-time buyers continue to open new Help to Buy: ISA accounts, with more than 1.2 million accounts now opened, offering government bonuses of up to £3,000 on top of their savings.

Quarterly Help to Buy statistics released today (Thursday 16 August) show that:

  • more than 420,000 completions have taken place using one or more of the Help to Buy schemes
  • more than 365,400 first-time buyer households are now on the housing ladder thanks to Help to Buy
  • the North West is the region with the highest number of Help to Buy completions (more than 20,000 in the last quarter)

John Glen, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, said:

We’re helping a new generation of first-time buyers realise their dream of owning a home.

Help to Buy continues to be hugely popular across the UK, with 420,000 people getting support so far.

And with our stamp duty cuts and the lifetime ISA, we are delivering for first-time buyers.

Kit Malthouse MP, Minister of State for Housing, said:

This government is committed to helping more people get on the housing ladder, restoring the dream of home ownership for a new generation.

Our Help To Buy: Equity Loan scheme has made this a reality for tens of thousands of households across the country, helping almost 170k households purchase their home.

More than 169,100 property purchases have taken place through the Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme, which offers buyers up to 20% of a newly built home’s costs so they only need to provide a 5% deposit.

95% of first-time buyers who pay stamp duty will also benefit from tax changes announced in Autumn Budget 2017, helping more than a million people get on the housing ladder over the next 5 years.

The government has abolished stamp duty altogether for first-time buyer purchases up to £300,000, and made this relief available for the first £300,000 of properties worth up to £500,000, providing help for people in higher value areas.

So far, 121,500 first-time buyers have saved a total of £284,000 thanks to this stamp duty relief.

The government is committed to making housing more affordable, with an aim to build 300,000 new homes a year in the areas that need it, as well as encouraging better use of land in cities and towns.

For people saving up for their first home or for later in life, the Lifetime ISA is also available. Savers can put in up to £4,000 each year, until the age of 50. The government will

THURSDAY, 16 AUGUST 2018  |  ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON NOVEL FOODS PROCESSES

Ofqual's guide to results, standards and grade boundaries in the 2018 AS and A level results in England.

WEDNESDAY, 15 AUGUST 2018  |  ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON NOVEL FOODS PROCESSES

The Environment Agency’s Incident Management Portal has been awarded a ‘Special Achievement in Geographical Information Systems Award’ at the 2018 International ESRI User Conference

The Environment Agency’s Incident Management (IM) Portal has been awarded a ‘Special Achievement in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Award’ at the 2018 International ESRI User Conference in recognition of its outstanding use of GIS technology.

Launched in October 2016 the IM Portal has already:

  • Reduced the time between data capture and reporting during an incident
  • Improved the Environment Agency’s ability to easily share mapping internally and externally during an incident ensuring consistency
  • Simplified and standardised the tools used, and the process for capturing, storing, analysing and sharing data

Catherine Wright, Director for Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management said:

The Incident Management Portal is just one example of how the Environment Agency is working to improve incident response. The portal is a great example of how the Environment Agency is using technology to improve its response to environmental incidents – from everything to flooding and drought to tackling waste crime and improving biodiversity. It has revolutionised how we collect and use data during incidents by providing real-time data and images to our incident rooms across the country.

The portal has already proved invaluable during incidents and we are continuing to look at ways we can build on the system to maximise the longer term benefits from the data captured and use it to help inform future decision making. It is an honour to accept this international award on behalf of the team who have created this innovative system.

Stuart Bonthrone, Esri UK Managing Director, visited the Environment Agency office in Bristol where he presented the award.

The Incident Management Portal Team has put the Environment Agency at the forefront of this international audience.

At the conference in San Diego, Jack Dangermond, President and Founder of ESRI, said:

The work of the Environment Agency stood out from more than 100,000 other applicants and I would like to congratulate you on a job well done.

The Incident Management Portal was established following a review of the Environment Agency’s mapping capabilities after the floods of winter 2015/16. The review identified the need to improve how data is acquired, shared, and used during an incident.

The Incident Management Portal is just one example of how the Environment Agency is working to improve incident response. Since the flooding of 15/16, the Environment Agency has invested £12.5 million in new flood equipment including an additional 40km of temporary barriers, 500,000 sandbags and 250 pumps, including 12 ultra-high volume pumps. There are around 6,500 trained staff across the country, ready to respond to flooding, including 500 flood support officers and the Environment Agency have awarded a new Incident Management Logistics Contract to store and deploy the temporary flood defences.

More than 1.4 million people are signed up to the Environment Agency’s free flood warning service, which sends a message directly by voice message, text or email when a flood warning is issued. Over the last year the Environment Agency has partnered with mobile phone networks to automatically add thousands of mobile cu

WEDNESDAY, 15 AUGUST 2018  |  ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON NOVEL FOODS PROCESSES

A young ‘nuclear physics expert’ described his visit to Sellafield as the best day of his year.

School pupil Samuel Boardman had wowed decommissioning leaders with a letter detailing how he would empty the highly-hazardous ponds.

The 11-year-old, from North Wales, came up with a proposal, using similar techniques to those already being used.

So impressed was the head of the legacy ponds, Dorothy Gradden, she offered Samuel and his family the chance of a lifetime to come and see the Sellafield site for himself.

The visit saw Mrs Gradden and Steve Cottam, head of strategy and technical for the legacy ponds, give a personalised presentation to the Boardman family.

They were also shown the Thorp viewing gallery, National Nuclear Laboratory and the underwater test facility.

Samuel Boardman standing outside WAGR on his recent Sellafield visit.
Samual Boardman standing outside the Windscale Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor.

Dorothy Gradden, who was awarded an OBE last year for her services to the nuclear industry, added:

As a passionate supporter of education and training, I was hugely impressed by Samuel’s detailed letter.

I value the importance of nurturing nuclear interest in youngsters, and it was a pleasure to meet Samuel so I could talk to him about his proposals and show him exactly how we are dealing with the nuclear clean-up.

It’s important that the extremely challenging and complex work we already do is carried on by the next generation, so I wanted to extend the offer of a visit to Samuel, who continued to impress me with his knowledge when he came to Sellafield.

Samuel described himself as a ‘nuclear physics expert’ in his letter to Sellafield, and his dad Chris said:

It was a wonderful experience for Samuel and the whole family. We were amazed by complexity of the incredible work being done.

Samuel is really keen on the nuclear sector and learned an awful lot from his visit. We all did !

The effort that Sellafield put into making a little boy’s dream come true was greatly appreciated. We didn’t expect anything when Samuel wrote to Sellafield, so this was an incredible experience.

Adrian Bull, MBE, director of external relations for the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL), said:

We are always keen to encourage bright, young people to make a contribution to society by suggesting ways things could be improved – whether through the development of new technology or through the creative application of existing techniques.

Samuel has shown tremendous talent and enthusiasm through sharing his suggestions with the industry and I was delighted the he was able to visit NNL’s facilities on the Sellafield s

WEDNESDAY, 15 AUGUST 2018  |  ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON NOVEL FOODS PROCESSES

The Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) announces Alison Baptiste as their new Director of Operations.

Today, (15 August) Government continues to build a world-class project delivery system with a new Director of Operations joining the the IPA.

Alison Baptiste will start her role from early October, leading the team which provides support and assurance to government departments with projects on the Government Major Projects Portfolio (GMPP).

With over 20 years experience of leading and delivering a wide variety of complex major projects at the Environment Agency, Alison Baptiste will now oversee the continuously evolving portfolio of the government’s most complex and high risk projects.

The IPA supports the delivery of government projects by helping to set them up for success, building delivery capability in departments and managing more than 200 independent assurance reviews of projects each year.

Tony Meggs, IPA Chief Executive, said

“The UK has developed a world-class cadre of project delivery professionals at the most senior levels and it is my pleasure to welcome one of them into the IPA. Alison has a wealth of experience and I have no doubt that she will have an immediate and lasting impact on the IPA and the delivery of projects in government.”

Alison Baptiste, Director of Operations, IPA said

“This is a challenging but extremely exciting time for project delivery in government. The portfolio of projects to improve public services is wide ranging and ambitious. I look forward to being at the heart of this delivery, working closely with all departments and leading the Operations Team in the IPA.”

Further information

  • Alison Baptiste has extensive project and programme leadership experience gained both in private and public sectors.
  • At the Environment Agency, Alison has led both infrastructure and transformation projects and held senior operational delivery roles.
  • Most recently she has been working closely with government to develop a new strategy for flood and coastal risk with long term investment scenarios.
  • Alison is a Charter

WEDNESDAY, 15 AUGUST 2018  |  ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON NOVEL FOODS PROCESSES

The Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) announces Alison Baptiste as their new Director of Operations.

Today, (15 August) Government continues to build a world-class project delivery system with a new Director of Operations joining the the IPA.

Alison Baptiste will start her role from early October, leading the team which provides support and assurance to government departments with projects on the Government Major Projects Portfolio (GMPP).

With over 20 years experience of leading and delivering a wide variety of complex major projects at the Environment Agency, Alison Baptiste will now oversee the continuously evolving portfolio of the government’s most complex and high risk projects.

The IPA supports the delivery of government projects by helping to set them up for success, building delivery capability in departments and managing more than 200 independent assurance reviews of projects each year.

Tony Meggs, IPA Chief Executive, said

“The UK has developed a world-class cadre of project delivery professionals at the most senior levels and it is my pleasure to welcome one of them into the IPA. Alison has a wealth of experience and I have no doubt that she will have an immediate and lasting impact on the IPA and the delivery of projects in government.”

Alison Baptiste, Director of Operations, IPA said

“This is a challenging but extremely exciting time for project delivery in government. The portfolio of projects to improve public services is wide ranging and ambitious. I look forward to being at the heart of this delivery, working closely with all departments and leading the Operations Team in the IPA.”

Further information

  • Alison Baptiste has extensive project and programme leadership experience gained both in private and public sectors.
  • At the Environment Agency, Alison has led both infrastructure and transformation projects and held senior operational delivery roles.
  • Most recently she has been working closely with government to develop a new strategy for flood and coastal risk with long term investment scenarios.
  • Alison is a Charter

WEDNESDAY, 15 AUGUST 2018  |  ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON NOVEL FOODS PROCESSES

How we use podcasts to share news, information and personal experiences from business owners and our own staff.

People like to access news and find out information in different ways. Some like to read long articles online. Others prefer to watch short videos or view infographics on social media.

We produce content in lots of different formats to cater for everybody. As well as our website and blog, we’re on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube. Following us on these channels will help you stay up to date with our latest news.

Recently we’ve created several new podcasts. Podcasts give people more flexibility on how and when they listen. They can also provide detailed information in an engaging way.

You can listen to our podcasts on our Soundcloud channel. They cover topics such as how to use our services and filing information. They also feature personal and engaging conversations with staff and business owners.

In our latest podcast we speak to Nicola Reed, owner and manager of Lullabyz Nursery. Nicola talks about setting up her business, and how it’s grown since opening in 2011.

The podcast forms part of a series of case studies where we speak to small business owners. We find out about the challenges and advantages of owning your own business, and what advice they’d give to others.

Our next podcast will be published on 20 August. It’s about corporate social responsibility (CSR) – what it is, why it’s so important, and our resp

WEDNESDAY, 15 AUGUST 2018  |  ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON NOVEL FOODS PROCESSES

Government Economic Service lead the way in developing the new approved Professional Economist Integrated Degree Apprenticeship

The Institute for Apprenticeships has now approved the Professional Economist Integrated Degree Apprenticeship for delivery.

A diverse range of employers from across the industry helped to design and develop the new standard, as part of the Professional Economist Apprenticeship trailblazer group, led by the Government Economic Service (GES).

Open to those with 3 A-Levels and an aptitude for maths, this 4-year integrated degree apprenticeship will create a new career route to becoming a professional economist. Once complete, apprentices will have a level 6 apprenticeship, an economics degree, along with the experience of 4 years on-the-job training.

For the GES, this is a new recruitment route into the profession. Apprentices will be provided with all the training to meet the high standards required of a government economist, through both formal and on the job learning, whilst earning.

This Standard is now open and available to all employers. For public sector organisations, the GES are leading on the procurement of a training provider partner, to be in place by mid-September 2018. Around 75 economist apprentices will be appointed across the Civil Service and wider public sector by August 2019, with training starting September 2019.

This new apprenticeship model is a key step in broadening the range of entry routes into the economics profession, and providing the opportunity for those from diverse backgrounds to embark upon a career in economics.

To find out more about this great opportunity, visit: https://www.instituteforapprenticesh

WEDNESDAY, 15 AUGUST 2018  |  ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON NOVEL FOODS PROCESSES

Renters unable to get a mortgage because of their lack of a credit rating will be able to boost their chances through one of three new start-ups backed by the government.

  • Rent is not routinely recognised in credit scores, making it harder for renters to get a mortgage
  • A share of £2 million of government funding has been awarded to three innovative start-ups with a solution
  • The winners offer apps for renters to record and share their rent payment data, helping boost their credit score

Renters unable to get a mortgage because of their lack of a credit rating will be able to boost their chances through one of three new start-ups backed by the government today (15 August 2018).

CreditLadder, Bud, and RentalStep have each won a share of a £2 million prize fund, as part of the government’s Rent Recognition Challenge. The Dragons’ Den style challenge tasked entrepreneurs to create a simple way for renters to record and share their rent payment data, to help them improve their credit score. The three winners will use their funding to further develop their businesses.

John Glen, Economic Secretary to the Treasury said:

Monthly rent is often the biggest expense that people face. Yet most lenders are unable to take it into account when working up a credit score. Three pioneering start-ups have found a solution, and we’re giving them the investment and support they need to help millions of renters across the country achieve their dream of owning a home.

Launched in December 2017, the Rent Recognition Challenge provided an initial round of grant funding to six budding businesses to help turn their ideas into a workable product. An expert panel of judges then whittled the six down to three, who today receive a final package of government funding.

Charlotte Crosswell, CEO of Innovate Finance and one of the challenge’s judges said:

We are delighted to support the Rent Recognition Challenge and address this important issue of helping renters as they look to establish a credit history, helping their journey towards securing a mortgage in the future. The Fintech sector has proven it can provide credible, innovative solutions and we are delighted that government has recognised that Fintech companies have a significant role to play in this market.

Further Information

  • Currently, a history of meeting rent payments is not routinely recognised in credit scores, and is not commonly considered when banks conduct mortgage affordability assessments - creating a barrier to getting onto the housing ladder

• The three winning start-ups are:

  1. Bud: Bud is building an AI driven rental recognition tool. It will allow banks to integrate it into their apps so that people can use their rental history to help them do things like apply for a mortgage.
  2. CreditLadder: CreditLadder allows tenants to report their rent payments. Landlords and Letting Agents can also introduce their tenants to the platform.
  3. RentalStep: RentalStep is a landlord-tenant matching platform, which allows landlords to purchase a tenancy management service through the platform, and rental payments to be tracked and reported.

TUESDAY, 14 AUGUST 2018  |  ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON NOVEL FOODS PROCESSES

How to claim following the LGFS judgment

Following a judgment handed down in the Divisional Court on 3 August 2018, the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) advises providers to note the below steps when claiming under the LGFS for cases with more than 6,000 pages of prosecution evidence (PPE).

As a result of the judgment, the LGFS has now reverted to previous regulations in force before 1 December 2017. However, providers should be aware that the question whether to appeal the order of the Divisional Court is still under consideration by the Lord Chancellor.

How to claim

Providers with affected claims should note and take the following steps:

New claims made

Providers should submit all new claims in the usual way but, following the judgment, are now able to submit claims up to the 10,000 PPE threshold via Claim for Crown Court Defence (CCD).

Applying for a redetermination

If a provider has submitted a claim which has been processed with a representation order dated on or after 1 December 2017, which is affected by this judgment, they should apply for a redetermination in the usual way via CCD and will be able to claim up to the 10,000 PPE threshold. If a provider has also had a claim for Special Preparation processed in the same case, they should notify the LAA as part of their claim for redetermination.

Affected claims awaiting determination

If a provider has a claim affected by the judgment which is awaiting determination, they should seek to amend their claim in CCD or contact our Case Management team.

Further information

The Crown Court Fee

TUESDAY, 14 AUGUST 2018  |  ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON NOVEL FOODS PROCESSES

Level 4 and 5 qualifications could be the key to unlocking skills demanded by employers

New research reveals that less well known qualifications could be the key to unlocking the skills demanded by employers and lead to rewarding, well-paid jobs.

The findings published on Tuesday (14 August) by the Department for Education form part of an ongoing review of education at Level 4 and 5. These qualifications are higher than an A level qualification (Level 3) but lower than a degree (Level 6).

Qualifications at this level include Diplomas of Higher Education and Foundation Degrees in subjects such as engineering and digital. They are offered at universities and Further Education colleges – such as the London South Bank University and the National College for Nuclear.

The Government is determined to drive up participation in further education and training. This is central to the modern Industrial Strategy, and includes introducing new T Levels from 2020 and creating more high quality apprenticeships.

Welcoming the interim findings of the report, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton said:

We want everyone to be able to access high quality technical education and training so they can get the skills they need. Having these skills can change people’s lives, leading to a rewarding career and fantastic opportunities.

These early findings show how learning at Level 4 and 5 can benefit people of all ages and a wide variety of backgrounds, whilst helping employers get the skilled workforce they need.

This research will play an important part of our ongoing review of Level 4 and 5 qualifications so we can understand how we can make education at this level work even better for everyone.

Initial findings from the review highlight for the first time the benefits of studying a qualification at Level 4 or 5, including:

  • Studying at this level can increase earning potential and employability - students achieving a Level 4 or 5 qualification by age 23 had higher median wages by the time they were 26 and were more likely to be in sustained employment than students who achieved a Level 3.
  • A growing demand for qualifications at this level from employers in key sectors such as ICT and Engineering – meaning increased take up could play an important role in the UK economy, helping to plug technical skills gap and boost productivity.
  • Learners at this level often study part-time, and come from diverse backgrounds – highlighting how studying at this level could boost learning and job opportunities for hundreds of thousands more people across the country.

Research shows that only around 7% of people in England aged between 18 and 65 are undertaking training at this level, one of the lowest rates in the OECD. Only around 200,000 people are currently studying for qualifications at this level compared with around 2 million studying across Level 3 and Level 6.

Level 4 and 5 education is currently being reviewed by the Department for Education, focusing on how technical qualifications at this level can better address the needs of learners and employers.

The review forms part of the Department’s work to boost skills and improve Higher and Further Education, including the implementation of the Post-16 Skills Plan. It is focusing on classroom based technical education and considering how Level 4 and 5 qualifications alongside T Levels and apprenticeships can help deliver the skills the economy needs.

The Government is also carrying out a Review of Post-18 Education and Funding to make sure the system is joined up and works for everyone. It is also going to carry out reviews of Key Stage Four qualifications (excluding GCSEs) and post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below and below to make sure that all qualifications taken b

MONDAY, 13 AUGUST 2018  |  ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON NOVEL FOODS PROCESSES

Mr. Chaudry Mohammad Saghir pleads guilty to five counts of providing unqualified immigration advice and services at Leeds Crown Court.

On Monday 4 June 2018, at Leeds Crown Court, Mr. Chaudry Mohammad Saghir, aged 73 years, of Gibbet Street, Halifax, West Yorkshire pleaded guilty to five counts of providing unqualified immigration advice and services.

The offences took place between 5 April 2008 and 31 December 2016 at Law Chamber Kashmir Foundation, Gibbet Street, Halifax, an organisation established by Mr. Saghir.Mr. Saghir is not a qualified person and the Law Chamber Kashmir Foundation is unregulated. On 16 September 2016 Mr. Saghir accompanied an appellant to a hearing at Bradford Immigration and Asylum Chamber. A member of tribunal staff, knowing that he was unqualified, challenged Mr. Saghir who left the building. This incident was referred to the OISC and an investigation was initiated.

Mr. Saghir was previously convicted of fifteen counts of providing unqualified immigration services as a result of an earlier OISC prosecution for which he received 12 months imprisonment at Bradford Crown Court on 15 November 2005.

On Monday 13th August 2018 Mr. Saghir appeared before His Honour Judge Gordon at Leeds Crown Court for sentencing.

Mr. Saghir was sentenced to 13 months imprisonment suspended for two years and an electronically monitored curfew between 7pm and 7am for a period of six months.In sentencing HHJ Gordon said:

“These are serious matters, you have been previously convicted of 41 offences on 9 occasions and in November 2005 you were convicted at Bradford Crown Court of 15 offences contrary to Section 91 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, precisely the same as the offences for which you are being sentenced today. You knew what you were doing, it was deliberate conduct”

Speaking about the decision, Deputy Immigration Services Commissioner, Dr Ian Leigh, said, “This is not a technical or victimless crime, Chaudry Mohammad Saghir was advising vulnerable people who could not handle their immigration cases on their own. They trusted him and he

MONDAY, 13 AUGUST 2018  |  ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON NOVEL FOODS PROCESSES

Mr. Chaudry Mohammad Saghir pleads guilty to five counts of providing unqualified immigration advice and services at Leeds Crown Court.

On Monday 4 June 2018, at Leeds Crown Court, Mr. Chaudry Mohammad Saghir, aged 73 years, of Gibbet Street, Halifax, West Yorkshire pleaded guilty to five counts of providing unqualified immigration advice and services.

The offences took place between 5 April 2008 and 31 December 2016 at Law Chamber Kashmir Foundation, Gibbet Street, Halifax, an organisation established by Mr. Saghir.Mr. Saghir is not a qualified person and the Law Chamber Kashmir Foundation is unregulated. On 16 September 2016 Mr. Saghir accompanied an appellant to a hearing at Bradford Immigration and Asylum Chamber. A member of tribunal staff, knowing that he was unqualified, challenged Mr. Saghir who left the building. This incident was referred to the OISC and an investigation was initiated.

Mr. Saghir was previously convicted of fifteen counts of providing unqualified immigration services as a result of an earlier OISC prosecution for which he received 12 months imprisonment at Bradford Crown Court on 15 November 2005.

On Monday 13th August 2018 Mr. Saghir appeared before His Honour Judge Gordon at Leeds Crown Court for sentencing.

Mr. Saghir was sentenced to 13 months imprisonment suspended for two years and an electronically monitored curfew between 7pm and 7am for a period of six months.In sentencing HHJ Gordon said:

“These are serious matters, you have been previously convicted of 41 offences on 9 occasions and in November 2005 you were convicted at Bradford Crown Court of 15 offences contrary to Section 91 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, precisely the same as the offences for which you are being sentenced today. You knew what you were doing, it was deliberate conduct”

Speaking about the decision, Deputy Immigration Services Commissioner, Dr Ian Leigh, said, “This is not a technical or victimless crime, Chaudry Mohammad Saghir was advising vulnerable people who could not handle their immigration cases on their own. They trusted him and he

MONDAY, 13 AUGUST 2018  |  ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON NOVEL FOODS PROCESSES

Tender for a limited number of schemes starts 13 August and ends 5pm on 7 September 2018

The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) is inviting organisations to submit a tender for an exclusive schedule under the 2013 Standard Civil Contract (as amended) for a contingency period in specific courts from 1 October 2018.

This is following some organisations not accepting the previous offer to deliver HPCDS services beyond 30 September 2018.

The tender is open to any organisation that has successfully verified its tender for a contract in the Housing and Debt categories through the main, supplemental or further face to face procurement processes.

Contracts will be offered for an initial period of 12 months subject to the LAA’s rights of early termination and the right to extend the contract up to a further 1 year.

Schemes available through this tender

The LAA is offering up to four contracts in each of the following schemes through this procurement process:

  • Bodmin and Truro
  • Chichester, Horsham and Worthing
  • Colchester
  • Winchester

These schemes will be scheduled through rotas. Successful organisations will be required to attend and deliver HPCDS services where requested by clients at all housing possession listings included in the relevant scheme during their allocated rota weeks.

How contract work will be allocated

The allocation of contract work to an organisation will depend upon the number of contracts awarded in a scheme. Therefore, organisations must be willing to deliver:

  • a minimum of one week in four, up to;
  • a maximum of all weeks of a HPCDS rota in the scheme tendered for (the entire scheme)

How to tender

Tenders must be submitted using the LAA’s e-Tendering system.

To submit a compliant tender all organisations must submit a response to the Selection Questionnaire (SQ) that forms part of this tender opportunity and submit a response to the relevant Invitation to Tender (ITT) for the category they wish to deliver.

Further information

Civil 2018 contracts tender – to find out more and download the Information For Applicants document

MONDAY, 13 AUGUST 2018  |  ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON NOVEL FOODS PROCESSES

We are changing the email address to report fraudulent emails that pretend to be from HM Land Registry.

We have been working with National Cyber Security Centre to improve public sector cyber security. As part of the phishing and malware counter-measures, we have changed the email address for you to report a fraudulent email that pretends to be from HM Land Registry.

How to identify phishing emails

If you are unsure whether an email you have received is genuine, look at the sender address domain in the email’s “From” field.

Genuine HM Land Registry emails have a sender domain ending in .gov.uk, for example Telford.OfficeMail [Telford.Office@landregistry.gov.uk]

Phishing emails may use our office names, but are being sent from other email domains, for example Telford.OfficeMail [noreply3@nlacpa.com].

What to do

If you are unsure about an email claiming to be from HM Land Registry, follow these steps.

  1. Do not open the attachment or follow any links, as this may infect your computer with a virus. Computer viruses can help criminals to steal data from your computer.

  2. Do not reply to the email.

  3. Forward the email, along with any attachments, to scam@netcraft.com. Where possible, use the ‘Forward as attachment’ option on your email software. Netcraft will take action to remove any offending material or sites from the internet.

  4. If you have lost money or information, or your computer has been taken over by a phishing or malware attack, report it to Action Fraud.

  5. Delete the email.

Why we made the change

Our ambition is to become the world’s leading land registry for speed, simplicity and an open approach to data. To achieve this ambition, we are committed to strengthening and maturing our cyber security defences continually to address increasingly sophisticated national and international threats.

As part of the Active Cyber Defence programme we are now working with Netcraft, a private sector company, on phishing and malware countermeasures.

The Netcraft service has taken down more than 62,849 attacks across government. The average ‘time to die’ for phishing sites relating to government has fallen from 27 hours prior to this change to under one hour. For malware this has decreased from 525 to 43 hours (roughly from 22 to less than 2 days).

For more information about phishing emails, read

MONDAY, 13 AUGUST 2018  |  ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON NOVEL FOODS PROCESSES

On 15 August 2018, regulations relating to Welsh Registered Social Landlords will change.

Sections 13 and 14 of the Regulation of Registered Social Landlords (Wales) Act 2018 (the Act), and the Regulation of Registered Social Landlords (Wales) Act 2018 (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2018 (the Regulations), come into force on 15 August.

The Act and the Regulations have the combined effect of removing the requirement for a consent by Welsh Ministers to disposals by a Welsh housing association made on or after 15 August 2018.

The consent of Welsh Ministers will still be required for disposals dated before 15 August 2018 where legislation currently requires this, and evidence of this consent will still have to be supplied if the application for registration is submitted to us on or after this date.

We are updating 2 guides:

The Act removes the requirement for consent to certain disposals by a Welsh Registered Social Landlord (RSL) under section 171D of the Housing Act 1985; sections 81 and 133 of the Housing Act 1988; and section 9 of the Housing Act 1996.

The consent requirement under section 9 of the Housing Act 1996 is being replaced by a requirement to notify the Welsh Ministers. This applies to any disposition by an RSL.

The Regulations amend the Land Registration Rules 2003 (LRR 2003) by:

(1) amending rule 95, LRR 2003, with a consequential amendment to the restriction in standard form X – this is to redefine “exempt disposals”;

(2) revoking the restriction in standard form KK – we currently enter this restriction in the tenant’s register when we register a shared ownership lease by an RSL; and

(3) amending rule 183A, LRR 2003 – we will not require a certificate that the applicant is, or holds on trust for, an RSL as we will no longer enter the following restriction when we register an RSL as proprietor of land:

RESTRICTION: No disposition of the registered estate by the proprietor of the registered estate is to be registered without a certificate signed on behalf of the proprietor by its secretary (or by two trustees, if a charitable trust) or its solicitor or licensed conveyancer that the provisions of section 9 of the Housing Act 1996 have been complied with.

We are considering what action we can take to update existing registers that contain these restrictions.

The Welsh Government has published

MONDAY, 13 AUGUST 2018  |  ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON NOVEL FOODS PROCESSES

Information on the demonstration day for research that has been funded for the future of aviation security solutions programme.

Finding explosives in electrical items demonstration day

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) and the Future of Aviation Security Solutions (FASS) team will be hosting a demonstration day to showcase the innovations that we have accelerated through the first phase of our ‘Finding Explosives Hidden in Electrical Items’ competition.

This is an exciting opportunity to learn more about these innovations direct from the developers. The event will give you the chance to see what technology may be available to you in the future and the opportunity to shape further development. It will also offer you the chance to network with the DASA and FASS teams, manufacturers, suppliers, end users and other government bodies who are involved in checkpoint security.

This is a free-to-attend, ticketed, event that is taking place in central London on the 25 September 2018. Registration will commence at 10am and demonstrations will begin at 10:30am. Please register on our Event Brite page where additional information will be available.

Registration closes on the 7 September 2018 at 5 pm. Places at the event are limited

MONDAY, 13 AUGUST 2018  |  ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON NOVEL FOODS PROCESSES

Information on the demonstration day for research that has been funded for the future of aviation security solutions programme.

Finding explosives in electrical items demonstration day

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) and the Future of Aviation Security Solutions (FASS) team will be hosting a demonstration day to showcase the innovations that we have accelerated through the first phase of our ‘Finding Explosives Hidden in Electrical Items’ competition.

This is an exciting opportunity to learn more about these innovations direct from the developers. The event will give you the chance to see what technology may be available to you in the future and the opportunity to shape further development. It will also offer you the chance to network with the DASA and FASS teams, manufacturers, suppliers, end users and other government bodies who are involved in checkpoint security.

This is a free-to-attend, ticketed, event that is taking place in central London on the 25 September 2018. Registration will commence at 10am and demonstrations will begin at 10:30am. Please register on our Event Brite page where additional information will be available.

Registration closes on the 7 September 2018 at 5 pm. Places at the event are limited

MONDAY, 13 AUGUST 2018  |  AGRICULTURE HORTICULTURE DEVELOPMENT BOARD

Investigation into a near miss with a track worker, Peterborough, 20 July 2018.

At around 10:52 hrs on 20 July 2018, a track worker, acting as a site lookout for another track worker, narrowly avoided being struck by the 09:16 hrs Leeds to King’s Cross passenger service, just to the south of Peterborough station.

The train was approaching along the up fast line at around 102 mph (164 km/h) when the driver saw the site lookout, sounded the train’s warning horn, and applied the train’s brakes.

The site lookout moved out of the path of the approaching train about three seconds before the train passed him.

Because of the layout around Peterborough station and the speed of non-stopping trains, a distant lookout was needed to warn the site lookout when trains were approaching from the north, so he had enough time to warn the track worker and move off the track and into a position of safety until trains had passed. On this occasion, the site lookout was not warned of the approaching train because the distant lookout was not in place.
A distant lookout had been posted near the south end of Peterborough station, but believed he had been stood down. Another distant lookout, for a group of track workers working north of Peterborough station, was working from this position but looking for trains approaching from the south. As a result, this distant lookout did not see the train approaching from the north nor provide a warning.

Our investigation will determine the sequence of events. It will also include consideration of:

  • the actions of those involved
  • the number of different work groups using lookout protection around Peterborough station before and during the incident
  • the planning of the work of the various work groups in the vicinity
  • any relevant underlying management factors

Our investigation is independent of any investigation by the railway industry or by the industry’s regulator, the Office of Rail and Road.

We will publish our findings, including any recommendations to improve safety, at the conclusion of our investigation. This report will be available on our website.

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TUESDAY, 14 AUGUST 2018  | 

The CMA has referred Menzies’ purchase of Airline Services for an in-depth merger investigation.

Last week, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said that it would refer the deal for an in-depth (phase 2) investigation unless Menzies offered acceptable solutions to address its competition concerns.

Both companies supply UK airlines and airports with support services, including the de-icing of aircraft engines and wings; ground handling (including passenger, ramp, baggage and airside cargo handling); and the cleaning and maintenance of aircraft interiors.

Following its initial (phase 1) investigation, the CMA identified competition concerns regarding de-icing services at Edinburgh, Glasgow and London Heathrow airports, and ground handling services at London Gatwick and Manchester airports.

As Menzies and Airline Services are close competitors at these airports, the deal could result in less choice for airlines operating there, potentially leading to higher prices and lower quality services.

Menzies has chosen not to offer proposals to address the CMA’s concerns and so the merger will now be referred for an in-depth investigation by an independent group of CMA panel members. The deadline for the final decision is 28 January 2019.

Further information about the investigation will be published on the

MONDAY, 13 AUGUST 2018  | 

Up to £20 million available to increase productivity and sustainability in crop and ruminant agriculture systems through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £20 million for projects to transform how the agrifood sector works with crop and animal-based agricultural systems.

The funding is part of the government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund’s transforming food production challenge. It is provided by UK Research and Innovation and delivered through Innovate UK.

Why agriculture systems need to change

Due to the continued growth in global population, the UK, alongside many other countries, needs to produce more food. However, agricultural production issues such as costs and environmental factors mean we must do so in ways that are significantly more efficient, resilient and sustainable.

To support businesses to create disruptive technologies and embed precision approaches that meet these goals, the government is offering grants through its Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

The transforming food production challenge is a £90 million government investment that will make it easier for farmers and agricultural businesses to embrace technology and innovation.

This £20 million funding competition is one element of the programme, which looks to bring together the agri-food sector with expertise in real-time robotics sensing, data, AI and earth observation.

The aim is to transform food production in the UK by encouraging rural growth and creating high-skilled jobs and new export opportunities.

Developing new systems and technology solutions

We are looking for projects that improve productivity and sustainability in crop and ruminant agriculture.

There is £20 million to be shared across 2 types of project:

  • productivity solutions, which develop a single intervention within a supply chain or production system
  • supply chain solutions, which develop multiple interventions across at least 3 parts of the supply chain, for example:
    • beef producers, beef processors and supermarket retailers
    • plant breeders, arable producers and food manufacturers

Projects should focus on one of 2 themes, to:

  • drive productivity and improve environmental outcomes in crop and ruminant production systems
  • develop new, highly efficient, high-value production systems that maximise productivity and improve environmental performance

This could include:

  • combining digital technologies and engineering solutions with biological, environment or social science to improve productivity
  • developing technologies and systems that connect farms and supply chains
  • transferring an innovative technology from another sector into agriculture

A clear route to market

As this competition is part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, it needs to meet the government’s objectives to transform food production. This wants to:

  • boost the efficiency and productivity of UK agricultural systems
  • embed sustainable food production with improved environmental impacts, such as enhancing biodiversity, soil and air quality, and reducing emissions, pollution and waste
  • create growth and increase exports of agricultural technologies

Projects must also:

  • have a clear route to market
  • develop an optimised prototype that can be demonstrated within the production system or supply chain

Competition information

  • this competition opens on 20 August 2018, and the deadline for applications is midday on 24 October 2018
  • depending on the size of your business, you can work alone or collaborate with others
  • to lead a project you can be a UK-based small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) if project costs are below £100,000, or a UK business of any size if projects costs are above £100,000. You can work with academic organisations, charity, public sector or research and technology organisations. You must include at least one SME
  • total project costs can be:
    • up to £2 million for productivity solutions projects
    • up to £5 million for supply chain solutions projects
  • you could receive up to 70% of your project costs
  • projects must start by April 2019 and can last up to 36 months
  • as part of the competition you can attend a briefing event or webinar, where you’ll find out more about how to create and submit a quality application. Register for:
    • the webinar on 27 August 2018
    • the briefing event in Birmingham on 29 August 2018

MONDAY, 13 AUGUST 2018  | 

A training workshop for Natural England employees and those working in upland management recently took place on the North York Moors.

The National Gamekeepers Organisation has provided an industry-led free grouse moor training day at Snilesworth Estate on the North York Moors (02 August) to help improve land management and enhance local wildlife.

The day gave new Natural England upland staff an insight into the day-to-day management of a driven grouse moor to better equip them with the skills and understanding to work together with land managers, farmers and gamekeepers on the restoration of upland habitats. Organised by John Clarke from the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation and Simon Lovel from Natural England, the training was delivered by Snilesworth Estate head keeper, Jimmy Shuttlewood and his team. Natural England is now considering organising a future training day for hill farming later in the year.

The training looked at grouse moor management from an industry perspective, focusing on the life cycle of grouse, habitat management, predator control, medicated grit, which activities take place at different times of year, considerations keepers make in the siting of grouse butts and other infrastructure, and what happens on a typical shoot day.

Natural England uplands policy advisor Simon Lovel said:

Conservation is ultimately about people and by increasing our understanding of those who manage the land, the easier it is to find genuine shared outcomes that can be delivered utilising the local knowledge and traditional skills of the practitioners on the ground. We are planning upland ecology training for gamekeepers and farmers later in the year.

John Clarke from the National Gamekeepers Organisation added:

This has been a fantastic step towards working together in the future.

Those attending had a greater understanding of how driven grouse moors are managed and the associated range of environmental benefits, including the restoration of upland habitats. Going forward, Natural England staff, gamekeepers, farmers and land managers will be able to work better together to achieve healthy and resilient upland ecosystems, that will support thriving local communities off the back of sustainable land uses.

Natural England’s Chairman, Andrew Sells, recently spoke at the Game Fair and highlighted the benefits for conservation of moorland from partnership working.

He said:

We are also seeing more estates coming into partnership agreements with Natural England, voluntarily finding ways to enhance the environment. These deepening relationships will be vital in joining up prime wildlife sites and achieving goals of the

THURSDAY, 16 AUGUST 2018  | 

This week, two ‘roll-on roll-off’ (RORO) ships transporting armoured and heavy vehicles for Exercise Saif Sareea 3 (SS3), which will take place across Oman in October to November 2018, arrived in Duqm Port, Oman.

Saif Sareea 3 (SS3) is the third UK-Oman joint exercise, with the previous two taking place in 1986 and 2001. SS3 is the UK Armed Forces lead exercise this year and the largest joint exercise of its kind in 17 years.

The exercise, culminating in a ‘firepower demonstration’, will test the UK and Sultanate’s ability to operate together in austere conditions through the deployment of a Coalition Joint Task Force.

A Scimitar CVRT (combat vehicle reconnaissance tracked), used for reconnaissance, disembarks from the UK ‘ro-ro’ ship in Duqm.
A Scimitar CVRT (combat vehicle reconnaissance tracked), used for reconnaissance, disembarks from the UK ‘RoRo’ ship in Duqm. © MOD Crown Copyright

The shipping of the equipment for the exercise is coordinated and delivered by Joint Forces Command (JFC), who will coordinate sea and air transportation (often heading to the new Joint Logistics Support Base) prior to and following the exercise.

The equipment being transported to Oman will be crucial to the Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and Royal Marine activity during the exercise.

The two RORO ships which arrived this week in Duqm left the military port in Marchwood, near Southampton, in late July. The ships sailed into the Port of Duqm on the 10 and 14 August, each with a cargo of over 3,500 tonnes. They cargo included vehicles such as Warrior armoured fighting vehicles, Scimitar CVRT (combat vehicle reconnaissance tracked) and Bulldog personnel carriers.

Challenger Armoured Repair and Recovery Vehicle being transported from the Port to the Joint Logistics Support Base in Duqm.
Challenger Armoured Repair and Recovery Vehicle being transported from the port to the Joint Logistics Support Base in Duqm. © MOD Crown Copyright

Troops of 17 Port and Maritime Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps, laboured in the heat of the morning to unload vehicles and containers. Corporal Jennifer MacPhee-Peace (32), a Port Operator said:

Because it’s so hot, you just want to get it done with, we unlashed everything within an hour.

Over 200 vehicles were unloaded from the ship, belonging to 1 Mercian, 22 Royal Engineers, Royal Tank Regiment, 40 Commando Royal Marines and the Commando Helicopter Force.

The vehicles and other logistical equipment will be transported onwards to the Joint Logistics Support Base in Duqm

WEDNESDAY, 15 AUGUST 2018  | 

The Joint Medical Group has deployed to Oman ahead of Exercise Saif Sareea 3 (SS3), a joint exercise between the armed forces of the UK and Oman.

SS3 will take place across Oman in October and November. It is the UK armed forces’ lead exercise this year and the largest in 17 years. It is also the third UK-Oman joint exercise, with the previous two taking place in 1986 and 2001.

SS3 will showcase the UK and Oman’s ability to operate together in austere conditions through the deployment of a Coalition Joint Task Force.

Members of the Joint Medical Group prepare to load a simulated casualty into an ambulance
Members of the Joint Medical Group prepare to transfer a simulated casualty to a waiting ambulance © MOD Crown Copyright

Joint Forces Command’s (JFC) unique role in the exercise is in planning and enabling, demonstrating its world-leading ability to deploy internationally in challenging environments and run the vital functions of a successful exercise, such as logistics, command and control, and medical.

The Joint Medical Group will play a fundamental role in the safe delivery of the exercise. This week, as part of preparations for SS3, a Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) were put to the test in the 40-degree heat of the Omani desert.

As part of this week’s training, a doctor, nurse and two paramedics from MERT field tested a new method to transport life-saving blood.

They experimented with transporting blood for up to 72 hours, vastly increasing their capability to successfully treat casualties in the field.

Captain Murphy said:

We now store the blood from its arrival in theatre and maintain the cold chain throughout. We then prepare the Golden Hour Box in order to transport blood to a casualty.

The Golden Hour Box refers to the 72-hour cold storage that maintains the blood between 2-6°C.

Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Boylan, the MERT Consultant, added:

It has to stay in a very specific temperature range, which is challenging in this sort of environment.

The Medics, who are part of 5 Medical Regiment, are based in Duqm, Oman in preparation for SS3. Located in such an isolated part of the country, they must be prepared to treat a wide range of casualties. The nearest trauma hospital is many hours drive and up to four hours flight from Duqm.

Members of the Joint Medical Group pose by their ambulance
Members of the Joint Medical Group pose by their ambulance © MOD Crown Copyright

Medical training and preparation will continue in the lead up to the exercise, including the testing of equipment and processes to confirm that the medical chain can deal with challenges before the bulk of UK forces arrive.

A series of Mutual Medical Drills Training packages will also run at Shafa, where Omani field medical unit personnel will join UK Joint Medical Group counterparts inside the deployed

WEDNESDAY, 15 AUGUST 2018  | 

The fourth and final Tide class tanker, RFA Tideforce, has arrived in Cornwall for customisation.

The 39,000 tonne vessel, which will deliver fuel and water to Royal Navy ships on operations all over the world, follows her sister ships Tidespring, Tiderace and Tidesurge into the A&P Falmouth yard, where work to customise the fleet ahead of operational service is sustaining 300 jobs.

With the homecoming voyage complete, all four of the tankers have now arrived safely in the UK, marking the end of a crucial phase of the fleet’s delivery programme.

Minister for Defence Procurement Stuart Andrew said:

Tideforce’s arrival completes our new tanker fleet, ensuring our warships can continue their essential work across the globe. Hundreds of Cornwall workers will now install state-of-the-art systems before she joins her sister ships on operations next year.

Providing everything from a floating helipad, to a refuelling vessel for our brand-new aircraft carriers, we are delivering the equipment our Armed Forces need to combat illegal trade, safeguard our waters and promote peace throughout the world.

Each of the Tide class ships is as long as three jumbo jets and has a flight deck large enough for a Chinook helicopter to land on. Like the rest of the fleet, Tideforce is perfectly equipped to refuel Royal Navy warships, including the two new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, in hostile environments and challenging sea conditions.

Customisation work, including the installation of communications equipment and defensive systems, is sustaining hundreds of jobs in A&P Falmouth, while the wider Tide class programme is sustaining further jobs at 26 other companies throughout the UK.

CEO of Defence Equipment and Support, the MOD’s procurement agency Sir Simon Bollom said:

Defence Equipment and Support personnel will continue to work closely with industry to ensure Tideforce and her sister ships are fully supported once they come into service.

The delivery of the fleet within budget and to a challenging schedule has been a significant undertaking which has been expertly delivered by the dedicated team at DE&S.

RFA Tidespring is already in service, with RFA Tiderace due to join her in September, while RFA Tidesurge has now completed her customisation programme and is about to embark on Capability Assessment Trials.

Head of Service for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Commodore Duncan Lamb RFA, said:

The arrival of RFA Tideforce, the fourth ship of the class, into the UK is a significant and tangible milestone towards reaching full operating capability.

These four new versatile state-of-the-art Tide class ships will enable the RFA to continue to provide first class global support to a first class Royal Navy for the foreseeable future.

David McGinley, Managing Director Atlantic and Peninsular Marine Services for A&P Group said:

The arrival of RFA Tideforce into Falmouth is a significant milestone for the A&P team. RFA Tideforce is the final vessel of her class and this is the fourth time we have supported a Tide class vessel during their arrival voyage. We will now complete the customisation, fit-out and capability assessment trials to the same high standards, on time and to budget, as we have for the rest of the fleet.

A&P Group is delighted to have played such an integral role in bringing this new fleet of tankers into service to support Royal Navy vessels around the world and are especially proud of our team and supply chain for their hard work and dedication.

Work to customise Tideforce is expected to ta

WEDNESDAY, 15 AUGUST 2018  | 

With less than two months to go until the London Illegal Wildlife Trade conference, UK troops in Malawi, as the face of Global Britain, are helping to train conservation non-profit African Parks’ rangers.

After a successful pilot operation and with training now across two sites, Nkhotakota and Majete Wildlife Reserves, both are managed by African Parks in partnership with Malawi’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW). The troops long-term goal will ensure the rangers are better skilled and able to respond appropriately to the threat of poaching.

Poaching and the illegal wildlife trade are responsible for the loss of countless species and are driving the decline of many African animals including elephants, rhinos and lions.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

We can be incredibly proud of the important work our Armed Forces are doing to help protect the magnificent animals of Malawi and to bring about the end of the cruel practice of illegal wildlife trading. By passing on their world-class, tried and tested skills, we can be sure that UK troops are aiding a highly skilled and professional network of park rangers, one that can effectively combat the threat poachers pose to the African wildlife.

While British soldiers are working with rangers to support the protection of wildlife, the Department for International Development is working with poorer communities who live close to wildlife reserves to create job opportunities and improve vital services.

Foreign Office Minister for Africa Harriett Baldwin visited communities living on the edge of Majete Wildlife Reserve where she announced an additional £1 million of UK aid support to improve the lives of people living next to national parks.

Minster for Africa Harriett Baldwin said:

The UK is acting now to stamp out the illegal wildlife trade, which not only threatens the existence of some of our most precious species, but also inflicts damage on local communities and fuels corruption and crime which hold back development for some of the world’s poorest countries.

By bringing together our diplomatic, military and development support we’re helpingcountries like Malawi combat this crime, and also helping local people to benefit fromliving alongside these beautiful species, which is boosting economic growth andstability.

The increase in the UK Armed Forces’ support to Malawi has been funded by theDepartment for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (DEFRA) as part of a three-year planagreed by the Ministry of Defence and DEFRA.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said:

Wildlife crime does not respect borders so we must share skills and expertise worldwide. The Malawi enforcement project demonstrates the global leadership we set out in the 25 Year Environment Plan. We are introducing one of the world’s toughest bans on ivory sales and will host the next international Illegal Wildlife Trade conference in London later this year.

The Government of Malawi has taken an effective and proactive approach to combating the illegal wildlife trade in their country, enhancing penalties for wildlife crime and partnering with African Parks and the UK Government to drastically reduce poaching activity and secure its parks for the benefit of future generations.

The CEO of African Parks, Peter Fearnhead said:

The Malawian Government has shown great leadership and commitment inconserving its parks, where together we’ve recruited, trained and outfitted rangers toestablish robust law enforcement teams utilising technology and communityengagement to secure the landscapes.

Effective park management, including law enforcement and communitydevelopment, is essential in protecting the last of the wild and combatting the illegalwildlife trade at its source. The partnership with the UK Government importantlyadvances our ability to ensure that these increasingly threatened areas continue tofunction as critical sanctuaries ben

MONDAY, 13 AUGUST 2018  | 

This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition seeks proposals for novel approaches to predictive cyber security

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is launching a competition to seek novel approaches to predict and counter cyber threats in defence and security.

£1 million of funding is available in Phase 1 of this competition to fund proof-of-concept technologies. Additional funding is anticipated to be available for future phases to move towards a deployable solution.

Further details about the competition are in the summary document

The competition will close at midday on 5 November 2018

Details on how to apply will be included in the full competition document which will be available soon. If you have any queries on this competition, please do contact us at accelerator@dstl.gov.uk or

MONDAY, 13 AUGUST 2018  | 

The MOD and new not-for-profit TechVets have joined forces to help more veterans become cyber warriors.

TechVets, which specialises in helping veterans get jobs in the cyber security and technology sector, will work with the MOD’s flagship training programme for service leavers, under a new agreement signed today.

Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood welcomed the agreement, after the not-for profit group’s co-founder Mark Milton signed the Armed Forces Covenant at the Ministry of Defence’s Headquarters in London.

The technology and cyber security sector is rapidly growing, and while people leaving the armed forces have unique skills and experience which they can contribute in this area. Currently only 4% of veterans are working in tech and cyber, compared to 24% of non-veterans.

The agreement will look to increase the numbers of cyber veterans, by having TechVets work with the MOD’s Career Transition Partnership, which provides service leavers with training and education opportunities whilst transitioning out of the armed forces.

Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood said:

Veterans have unique skills and experiences, gained from their time in the armed forces, which means they contribute a lot to society. It’s fantastic that TechVets will provide opportunities for veterans to apply their considerable talents to the cyber security field, which is playing an increasingly vital role in keeping this country safe.

Co-founder of TechVets Mark Milton said:

We’re delighted to be able to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and strengthen our support for current and former Service personnel and their families. The transferable skills of the veteran community are a real under utilised national resource and have a vital role to play in supporting the security and prosperity of the nation.

The Armed Forces Covenant delivery partners include businesses and trade bodies, charities and community organisations, local authorities and government departments. Signatories tailor their own pledges to support the Armed Forces community and implement these promises through their choice of policies, services, and projects.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly. By signing the Covenant, TechVets joins the ranks of over 2,000 organisations across the UK who have committed to supporting current and ex-Forces personnel, ensuring that they and their families have equal opportunities.

At the signing, TechVets made a number of pledges, including:

  • Working with the MOD’s Career Transition Partnership to provide training and employment for veterans in technology and cyber security sectors of the economy

  • Supporting their employees’ service as members of the Reserve forces, by accommodating their training and deployment

  • Offering flexibility when granting leave for Service spouses and partners before, during and after a partner’s deployment

  • Sup

TUESDAY, 14 AUGUST 2018  | 

David Mundell urges Scottish Government to take action and boost the economy

Commenting on today’s labour market statistics for Scotland, Scottish Secretary David Mundell said:

Today’s labour market statistics show that more people have the safety and security of a job, which is welcome news. Through the UK Government’s increase in the National Living Wage thousands of Scottish workers have had a much deserved payrise.

But I am concerned that these numbers show a worsening unemployment picture over the year. With Scotland’s economy continuing to lag behind the rest of the UK, it is important that the Scottish Government take the necessary steps to create the right conditions to grow our economy.

• Employment in Scotland increased by 12,000 over the previous quarter (January to March 2018) and decreased by 8,000 over the year to stand at 2,642,000.

• The Scottish employment rate increased by 0.5 percentage points over the quarter to stand at 75.2%. The rate is below the UK average of 75.6%.

• Unemployment in Scotland was down by 3,000 over the quarter and was up 7,000 over the year. The level now stands at 115,000.

• At 4.2%, the Scots unemployment rate is marginally above that for the UK as a whole at 4.0%.

• Economic Activity level increased by 9,000 over the quarter and now stands at 2,757,000. The Economic Activity r

THURSDAY, 16 AUGUST 2018  | 

The Coal Authority is amending the fee for applications for permission to enter or disturb Coal Authority mining interests.

The changes to fees will take effect from 1 October 2018 and all fees will be inclusive of VAT.

Fees are determined by:

  • the area of application
  • the number of boreholes
  • the number of mine entries to be investigated or treated

The minimum fee for any application will be £111.00.

Area of application

For the area of application, the cost will be £111.00 per 0.1 hectare, up to a maximum of £2775.00 for 2.5 hectares or above.

Any number of shafts or adits within this area are included within the area fee.

Number of boreholes

Where boreholes are planned for initial investigation purposes only, these will be charged at £55.50 per borehole.

Should treatment then prove necessary, then a further application would be required to cover the whole treatment area at £111.00 per 0.1 hectare, but the initial application fee will be deducted from this.

Mine entries to be investigated or treated

Shaft and adit investigation or treatment will be charged at £111.00 each, when not included within the above applications.

Further information about fees

For further information regarding fees in connection with applications for permission to enter or disturb coal mining interests, please contact:

TUESDAY, 14 AUGUST 2018  | 

Pig keepers must not feed kitchen or catering waste to their pigs to help prevent the spread of African swine fever to the UK.

African swine fever (ASF) is a highly contagious viral disease of pigs which is currently spreading in eastern and central Europe and has recently been found in China. The virus does not affect people but severe strains of the virus are often fatal to pigs of any age.

If the disease were to reach the UK it would have a devastating effect on our export market and would also mean the humane culling of pigs on infected premises to prevent further spread.

What you should do

If you keep pigs, you must not feed catering waste of any description, or domestic food waste, to your pigs. It is illegal to do so. This is because of the risk of spreading disease.

This includes food from vegetarian kitchens, as there is still a risk of cross contamination from products of animal origin such as milk.

This ban on feeding food waste also helps to protect the UK from diseases such as foot and mouth disease.

Don’t feed:

  • Food scraps and catering waste from any restaurant or commercial kitchen (including vegan kitchens) as this is illegal.
  • Domestic kitchen waste or scraps.
  • Raw, partially cooked or fully cooked meat and fish (including shellfish).
  • Dog and cat food.

Instead feed:

  • Specially formulated commercial pig feed as a safe and easy way to give your pigs a balanced diet.

  • Fruit and vegetable material that has never entered a kitchen and which has not come into contact with material of animal origin.

If you are ever worried about the health of your pigs consult your veterinary surgeon immediately.

How the disease spreads

The biggest risk of the disease entering the UK’s pig population is by pigs eating infected pork or pork products derived from infected pigs or wild boar. The ASF virus can survive for months in smoked, dried and cured meats, and in frozen meat. The greatest risk is from meat products brought into the UK from affected countries as personal imports since commercial trade of such products is not permitted from ASF restricted areas.

It also survives in pig faeces and in the blood of infected pigs or wild boar. The virus can therefore be spread on vehicles, equipment, clothing and boots contaminated by infected pigs or wild boar. As a result, farm staff whose homes are in ASF-affected areas in Europe, and people returning to the UK from holidays or hunting expeditions could unknowingly bring back infection. If these people also happen to keep pigs, or work on pig farms, they could pass that contamination on to their pigs and introduce disease, but there are some straightforward actions they can take to prevent introduction.

Practise good biosecurity

  • Use dedicated clothing and boots for you and anyone coming onto your premises.
  • Prevent vehicles or equipment from coming on to your premises unless cleaned and disinfected first.
  • Ensure that people who look after or visit your pigs understand the disease risk of bringing back meat products and in particular wild boar meat or pork/pork products from affected countries. Trade of pork from affected areas in these countries is illegal.
  • Don’t bring meat products onto the farm to avoid accidental access to pigs.

Latest situation in Europe

African swine fever was first detected in EU Member States in 2014. Since then, the disease has been spreading in parts of eastern and central Europe. It has been reported in the Baltic States, Poland, Romania, Moldova, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Ukraine and Russia. The presence of the disease in both commercial and backyard pigs in continental Europe means that there is an increased risk of introduction of African swine fever to pigs in the UK. It has also recently been detected in China. You can find out more in our assessments of the risk.

Further information

See more information about African swine fever and how to spot it and advice and posters to download from AHDB Pork.

If you suspect African swine fever you should notify the Animal and Plant Health Agency immediately.

EU-wide animal by-product legislation states that feeding farmed animals with catering waste or feed material containing, or derived from, catering waste is illegal. Doing so can result in prosecution.

For information about biosecurity see

MONDAY, 13 AUGUST 2018  | 

Call for the public to get involved in improving social mobility in the UK.

The Social Mobility Commission aims to build a fairer society in which everyone can thrive. We will only succeed with the help of people who truly understand and care about fairness. If you are passionate about social mobility please join our movement for change.

How to get involved

Share your ideas or experiences

If you have an idea about how we can improve social mobility across the nation, please email us at contact@socialmobilitycommission.gov.uk.

Support our movement for change

The Commission runs campaigns to drive change on critical issues. Please sign up to our mailing list to learn about upcoming campaigns by emailing your name, job role and organisation (if relevant) to contact@socialmobilitycommission.gov.uk.

There are many ways you can support social mobility in your local area right now. You can volunteer, become a mentor for a young person, or ask your company to offer work experence to disadvantaged young people.

Find local volunteering opportunities

Find local mentoring opportunities

You can ask your employer to sign up to the Social Mobility Pledge or enter the 2019 Social Mobility Employer Index, UK Social Mobility Awards or Queen’s Awards.

Look out for sector-based initiatives through your professonal bodies, regulators and networks, and regional initiatives through your local authority.

Keep an eye on this page - we will be updating it later in the year with more opportuniti

MONDAY, 13 AUGUST 2018  | 

Talks will be held in Brussels, 16 to 17 August 2018

Thursday, 16 August 2018

  • Northern Ireland/Ireland

TUESDAY, 14 AUGUST 2018  | 

Thousands of extra homes will be built that are designed for people who need extra support to help them live independently and in the community for longer.

The government has announced an extra £76 million a year of funding to build homes for vulnerable people. The new homes will be built over the next 3 years and will be for disabled people, people with mental health issues and older people.

This supported or specialised housing is designed to be accessible and aid independent living by including features such as:

  • an individual home with its own front door
  • flexibility to adapt or install equipment or assistive technology in the home
  • varying levels of personal care and support to residents, including access to a GP or other health services
  • communal areas (for housing for older people)

The Care and Support Specialised Housing Fund (CASSH) was announced in 2012 and has been extended until 2021.

The fund is run in partnership with Homes England for schemes outside London, and the Mayor of London for London-based schemes.

Housing providers applied for funding during 2 fixed bidding rounds, and have already built around 3,300 specially designed new homes.

Local authorities and housing developers will now be able to apply on a rolling basis, until all the funding has been allocated for the year.

Minister for Care Caroline Dinenage said:

No one should have to go into a residential home or get stuck in hospital because of a lack of specialised housing adapted to suit their needs. This programme provides a vital life line for some of the most vulnerable people in society to live their own lives in a home that works for them.

We want the fund to be used to its maximum potential so more homes can be created, more quickly, ensuring that thousands of people are supported to live independently in th

TUESDAY, 14 AUGUST 2018  | 

The paper aims to rebalance the relationship between landlords and residents, tackle stigma and ensure social housing can act as a stable base and support social mobility.

The social housing green paper – published today (14 August 2018) – aims to rebalance the relationship between residents and landlords, tackle stigma and ensure that social housing can be both a stable base that supports people when they need it and support social mobility.

Residents across the country were asked for their views on social housing; almost 1,000 tenants shared their views with ministers at 14 events across the country, with over 7,000 submitting their opinions, issues and concerns online.

The consultation launched today, with this green paper, gives everyone the opportunity to submit views on proposals for the future of social housing and will run until 6 November 2018.

The green paper sets out 5 core themes:

  • Tackling stigma and celebrating thriving communities
  • Expanding supply and supporting home ownership
  • Effective resolution of complaints
  • Empowering residents and strengthening the regulator
  • Ensuring homes are safe and decent

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

Providing quality and fair social housing is a priority for this government.

Our green paper offers a landmark opportunity for major reform to improve fairness, quality and safety to residents living in social housing across the country.

Regardless of whether you own your home or rent in the social sector, residents deserve security, dignity and the opportunities to build a better life.

With 4 million households living in social housing and this projected to rise annually, it’s crucial that we tackle the issues facing both residents and landlords in social housing.

Tackling stigma and celebrating thriving communities

“I am made to feel less of a person than the person that has bought their house.”

The green paper aims to break down inequalities in social housing and ensure tenants feel at home in their community rather than seeing it as just a place to live.

The design and quality of homes and their surrounding area are at the heart of this paper, which will highlight the importance of good design ideas in newly built social housing. Rewarding the best neighbourhoods, for example, by funding events like street parties could ensure community pride is both encouraged and celebrated.

Expanding supply and supporting home ownership

“[There is] not enough social housing being built, where will my children live? They cannot afford a mortgage and private renting is too expensive with no security.”

In line with our commitment to deliver 300,000 homes per year by the mid-2020s, we’re putting in place processes to support the building of more social housing.

The paper outlines plans to build on the new borrowing capacity granted to local authorities by exploring new flexibilities on how they spend the money from homes sold under the Right to Buy scheme, and not requiring them to sell off vacant, higher value stock.

We’re also building on partnerships with housing associations to boost the supply of new affordable homes by considering the benefits of providing funding certainty to some housing associations over a longer period. We are looking at reforms to help people using affordable home ownership schemes – like shared ownership – to build up more equity in their homes.

Effective resolution of complaints

“The complaints process is opaque, inaccurate and chaotic with too many stages and little clarity on the roles and responsibilities of those involved.”

We want residents to have a stronger voice to influence decisions and challenge their landlord to improve living standards.

The paper asks how the current complaints process can be reformed so that it is quicker and easier; especially important when dealing with safety concerns. The consultation asks how residents can access the right advice to make a complaint and have it resolved quickly and effectively.

Empower residents and strengthen the regulator

“Their performance needs to be monitored by an independent authority so there is help when they don’t do these things.”

Delivering good quality and safe social homes with the right services from landlords relies on a robust regulatory framework. It has been almost eight years since the last review of social housing regulation and the proposals in this green paper present the opportunity for a fresh look at the regulatory framework.

Alongside this, we are launching a call for evidence which seeks views on how the current regulatory framework is operating. This, along with questions about regulation in the green paper, will inform what changes are needed to deliver regulation that is fit for purpose.

Ensuring homes are safe and decent

“Fire safety concerns me most because a lot of young families reside in these blocks. This can be improved by educating residents.”

In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy we took immediate steps to ensure residents safety. Remediation work to make buildings safe began and the Government set aside £400 million to cover the costs of this across the social housing sector. We also commissioned Dame Judith Hackitt to carry out an independent review of building regulations and fire safety. The review’s final report called for fundamental reform and we are committed to bringing forward legislation that delivers an overhaul of the system and gives residents a much stronger voice in an improved system of fire safety.

Progress has also been made on improving standards of decency. The green paper will consider how the Decent Homes Standard should be reviewed to ensure it delivers the right standards for social housing residents and reflects the Government’s current and forthcoming priorities.

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TUESDAY, 14 AUGUST 2018  | 

The paper aims to rebalance the relationship between landlords and residents, tackle stigma and ensure social housing can act as a stable base and support social mobility.

The social housing green paper – published today (14 August 2018) – aims to rebalance the relationship between residents and landlords, tackle stigma and ensure that social housing can be both a stable base that supports people when they need it and support social mobility.

Residents across the country were asked for their views on social housing; almost 1,000 tenants shared their views with ministers at 14 events across the country, with over 7,000 submitting their opinions, issues and concerns online.

The consultation launched today, with this green paper, gives everyone the opportunity to submit views on proposals for the future of social housing and will run until 6 November 2018.

The green paper sets out 5 core themes:

  • Tackling stigma and celebrating thriving communities
  • Expanding supply and supporting home ownership
  • Effective resolution of complaints
  • Empowering residents and strengthening the regulator
  • Ensuring homes are safe and decent

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

Providing quality and fair social housing is a priority for this government.

Our green paper offers a landmark opportunity for major reform to improve fairness, quality and safety to residents living in social housing across the country.

Regardless of whether you own your home or rent in the social sector, residents deserve security, dignity and the opportunities to build a better life.

With 4 million households living in social housing and this projected to rise annually, it’s crucial that we tackle the issues facing both residents and landlords in social housing.

Tackling stigma and celebrating thriving communities

“I am made to feel less of a person than the person that has bought their house.”

The green paper aims to break down inequalities in social housing and ensure tenants feel at home in their community rather than seeing it as just a place to live.

The design and quality of homes and their surrounding area are at the heart of this paper, which will highlight the importance of good design ideas in newly built social housing. Rewarding the best neighbourhoods, for example, by funding events like street parties could ensure community pride is both encouraged and celebrated.

Expanding supply and supporting home ownership

“[There is] not enough social housing being built, where will my children live? They cannot afford a mortgage and private renting is too expensive with no security.”

In line with our commitment to deliver 300,000 homes per year by the mid-2020s, we’re putting in place processes to support the building of more social housing.

The paper outlines plans to build on the new borrowing capacity granted to local authorities by exploring new flexibilities on how they spend the money from homes sold under the Right to Buy scheme, and not requiring them to sell off vacant, higher value stock.

We’re also building on partnerships with housing associations to boost the supply of new affordable homes by considering the benefits of providing funding certainty to some housing associations over a longer period. We are looking at reforms to help people using affordable home ownership schemes – like shared ownership – to build up more equity in their homes.

Effective resolution of complaints

“The complaints process is opaque, inaccurate and chaotic with too many stages and little clarity on the roles and responsibilities of those involved.”

We want residents to have a stronger voice to influence decisions and challenge their landlord to improve living standards.

The paper asks how the current complaints process can be reformed so that it is quicker and easier; especially important when dealing with safety concerns. The consultation asks how residents can access the right advice to make a complaint and have it resolved quickly and effectively.

Empower residents and strengthen the regulator

“Their performance needs to be monitored by an independent authority so there is help when they don’t do these things.”

Delivering good quality and safe social homes with the right services from landlords relies on a robust regulatory framework. It has been almost eight years since the last review of social housing regulation and the proposals in this green paper present the opportunity for a fresh look at the regulatory framework.

Alongside this, we are launching a call for evidence which seeks views on how the current regulatory framework is operating. This, along with questions about regulation in the green paper, will inform what changes are needed to deliver regulation that is fit for purpose.

Ensuring homes are safe and decent

“Fire safety concerns me most because a lot of young families reside in these blocks. This can be improved by educating residents.”

In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy we took immediate steps to ensure residents safety. Remediation work to make buildings safe began and the Government set aside £400 million to cover the costs of this across the social housing sector. We also commissioned Dame Judith Hackitt to carry out an independent review of building regulations and fire safety. The review’s final report called for fundamental reform and we are committed to bringing forward legislation that delivers an overhaul of the system and gives residents a much stronger voice in an improved system of fire safety.

Progress has also been made on improving standards of decency. The green paper will consider how the Decent Homes Standard should be reviewed to ensure it delivers the right standards for social housing residents and reflects the Government’s current and forthcoming priorities.

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MONDAY, 13 AUGUST 2018  | 

Up to 6,000 vulnerable people will receive rapid specialist assessments and support under new measures in the government’s rough sleeping strategy.

Up to 6,000 vulnerable people will receive rapid specialist assessments and support under new measures in the government’s rough sleeping strategy.

Backed by £100 million of funding, the strategy sets out the next steps towards achieving our aim of supporting everyone off the streets and into a home, and to end rough sleeping entirely by 2027.

Following £30 million of new funding for areas with the highest numbers of rough sleepers and the launch of the Housing First pilots, this strategy was developed across government and in conjunction with the Rough Sleeping Advisory Panel which is made up of representatives from the homelessness sector and local government. It sets out a three-pillared approach:

  • Prevention – understanding the issues that lead to rough sleeping and providing timely support for those at risk
  • Intervention – helping those already sleeping rough with swift support tailored to their individual circumstances
  • Recovery – supporting people in finding a new home and rebuilding their lives.

This system has prevention at its heart, focusing on stopping people from becoming homeless in the first place and providing them with the right support to find work and live independently.

Longer term, those sleeping rough will be rapidly housed and offered comprehensive support to ensure their specific needs are addressed so that they can move into suitable permanent accommodation at the earliest opportunity.

Communities Secretary, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, said:

It is simply unacceptable that people have to sleep on our streets and I am determined to make it a thing of the past.

Whether people are at risk of rough sleeping, already on the streets or in need of settled accommodation, we now have a solid plan to help the most vulnerable in our society.

And this is not just about putting a roof over their heads but helping them find a place to call home.

They need and deserve our support and, through our expert-backed strategy, I am confident they will get it.

Prevention

Understanding the issues that lead to rough sleeping and being able to address them before people are forced to sleep on our streets is the focus throughout this strategy. It’s clear there is not a one-size-fits-all solution and so we’ll be listening to individual groups (like LGBT people) to understand how they experience homelessness as well as working to build our understanding of the links between modern slavery and rough sleeping.

We’ll also be launching a range of new pilots to help those leaving prison find stable and sustainable accommodation and have committed new funding to intensive support for those with complex needs leaving care.

Intervention

Building on the work of the Rough Sleeping Initiative, we’re setting aside up to £17 million to fund ‘Somewhere Safe to Stay’ pilots to rapidly assess the needs of people at risk of rough sleeping and support them to get the right help. We will work locally with NHS England and Public Health England to fill gaps in health services for people sleeping rough as part of the long term plan for the health and social care. This starts with £2 million this year, and we have asked NHS England to spend up to £30 million over the next 5 years on health services for people who sleep rough.

To support this we’re also investing in training for front-line staff, including training on how to interact with those under the influence of substances like spice, identifying and supporting victims of modern slavery and domestic abuse, as well as how to effectively support LGBT people who are homeless.

We are also introducing ‘navigators’; specialists who will act as trusted confidantes and help people sleeping rough access the appropriate services and accommodation.

There’s also funding for StreetLink, supporting the public, business and communities to engage positively with people who sleep rough through an improved platform.

Recovery

A stable home is an essential element in a person’s recovery from sleeping rough but it needs to go hand-in-hand with flexible support that is tailored to individual needs to help them keep it.

This includes £50 million of funding that will increase the supply of housing outside of London for people who have slept rough or those who are ready to move on from hostels or refuges and need additional support. A further £19 million of funding provides flexible support in homes provided exclusively for people with a history of sleeping rough and funding from dormant assets will provide up to £135 million, the majority of which will go to supporting innovative financing for homes for people who sleep, or are at risk of sleeping, rough.

There’s also funding to help local areas grow enterprises to support vulnerable people into accommodation, offering advice, building stronger relationships with local landlords and making efficient use of local housing supply. Further to this there will now be a homelessness expert in every Jobcentre Plus to offer advice, signpost to information and services, and provide support.

For more information see the rough sleeping strategy.

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MONDAY, 13 AUGUST 2018  | 

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has reappointed John Davies, Sian Lewis and Guto Harri to the S4C Authority board.

John Davies has been appointed for six months commencing 1 April 2018. Sian Lewis and Guto Harri have been appointed for two years commencing 9 July 2018.

John Davies

John Davies FRAgS, MRAC was Leader of Pembrokeshire County Council from 2004 until his retirement in 2012.John has over the years been involved with the media in Wales having been a S4C presenter in the early years of the channel and is currently a regular contributor to current affairs programmes both on Television and Radio.

From 2008 till May 2012 he was the Principal Leader of the Welsh Local Government Association. He was a member of Dyfed – Powys Police Authority and Chairman of its Finance Committee for 9 years.

In recognition of his efforts to Local Government in Wales he was anointed the title of ITV Wales Local Politician of the Year in December 2008. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society. At the 2009 Royal Welsh Show he was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Agricultural Societies of the UK for his services to agriculture and rural Wales.

For 9 years John was the farming and rural voice on the Electricity Consumer Council and subsequently became a member of Energywatch Wales. He is also a member of the Gorsedd of Bards. He holds a number of public non-executive directorships.

Sian Lewis

Sian graduated in Business & HR from UWIC. After a brief period working for independent television company, Fflic TV, she joined Urdd Gobaith Cymru (Wales League of Youth) as a Development Officer and later Area Manager. She was later invited to join Cardiff’s Welsh language initiative, Menter Iaith Caerdydd.

As Chief Executive of ‘Menter’ her role was to promote and expand the use of the Welsh language within the Cardiff Community. Sian established successful partnerships with a multitude of stakeholders which have been key to her strategy to increase the local community’s engagement with the language.

In December 2017, Sian was appointed Chief Executive of Urdd Gobaith Cymru. The Urdd’s aim is to provide the opportunity, through the medium of Welsh, for the children and young people in Wales to become fully rounded individuals, developing personal and social skills that will enable them to make a positive contribution to the community. The Urdd is the largest Welsh Language Youth organisation in Wales, with over 55,000 members, 10,000 volunteers, 300 workforce and a turnover of over £10 million.

Guto Harri

Guto began his career as a BBC journalist, spending most of it covering UK politics for the Corporation’s main television and radio outlets. He presented a number of flagship shows and was Chief Political Correspondent at Westminster before taking 2 foreign postings to Rome and New York.

Guto left the BBC to handle communications for Boris Johnson and helped mastermind his re-election as Mayor of London in May 2012. He joined Liberty Global in February 2015 as managing director of external communications.

The roles

The roles are remunerated at £9,650 per annum. These reappointments have been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments.

The appointments process is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. Under the Code, any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee in the last five years must be declared. This is defined as including holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation, or candidature for election.

John Davies has declared that he has acted as a County Councillor as an Independent Member for Pembrokeshire County Council since 1999 and Guto Harri has declared that he worked for the former Mayor of

WEDNESDAY, 15 AUGUST 2018  | 

Data from Public Health England show that patients diagnosed through screening, GP referral or 2-week referrals likely to have more treatment options.

New data from Public Health England (PHE) illustrates how the way that cancer patients are diagnosed may affect their treatment options.

The national data links individual patients’ route to diagnosis, including screening, GP referrals, and emergency presentations, with the treatment patients go on to receive.

Those diagnosed through screening were likely to have the most treatment options available and receive treatments aimed at curing the cancer, in particular surgery to completely remove the tumour. This strongly supports the benefits of screening as a way of diagnosing cancer early, which evidence suggests leads to better patient outcomes, ultimately saving lives.

Compared to patients who were diagnosed through an emergency presentation, those diagnosed through screening, GP referral, or following an urgent 2-week referral saw more potentially curative treatment.

While the percentage of cancers diagnosed through emergency presentations is improving - falling from 24% in 2006 to 20% in 2015 - the data shows 44% of breast, colon and rectal cancer patients diagnosed in this way may miss out on potentially curative treatments compared to those who are detected through a screening programme.

Dr Jem Rashbass, cancer lead at Public Health England said:

This new data allows us to see clearly how the route through which someone is diagnosed with cancer affects the treatment that they go on to receive. It reinforces the importance of early diagnosis, be that through screening or GP referral – the earlier you get diagnosed with cancer the better.

It’s important to be aware of any unexplained changes to your body, such as the sudden appearance of a lump, blood in your urine, or a change to your usual bowel habits. If you have any concerns, always speak to your GP.

The latest data publication builds on the knowledge of PHE’s national cancer registry. It follows the recent release of data published in partnership with Cancer Research UK that shows how chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery rates vary for different groups of patients in England. The cancer data service has also signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with China’s cancer services to support the development of a national cancer database in China, continuing the service’s reputation as the leading cancer database in the world.

PHE’s Be Clear on Cancer campaign continues to drive awareness aroun

WEDNESDAY, 15 AUGUST 2018  | 

UK businesses can apply for a share of £1 million to build in early-stage design processes that reflect and respond to customer needs and behaviours.

Innovate UK has up to £1 million to help organisations put high-quality, human-centred design at the earliest stages of innovation.

This competition will fund projects across a wide range of technologies and markets. It applies to new concepts as well as testing and improving existing ideas.

Why early-stage design matters

Thinking about what customers, users and stakeholders need at an early stage can show organisations where to concentrate their effort and innovation.

Improving the design process can help to spot flaws, uncover new angles and shed light on what customers are actually doing to inform further research and development.

Previous projects to be awarded grants include ‘delivering warmth’, which wants to help people heat their homes and manage how much water they use, and a wearable device for infants to monitor their health and allow for faster, more accurate diagnosis.

What makes a desirable product?

We’re looking for projects that explore what people really need from products and services, and what makes them desirable from a customer’s point of view. It could be about a physical product or the design of digital products or services.

Projects should:

  • identify and address the problems that customers care about
  • generate ideas for new products, services or business models in line with customer demand
  • record their findings to support future development and investment

They must follow an established early-stage design process, such as the Double Diamond model, which divides the design process into 4 phases: discover, define, develop and deliver.

Project teams should also include experienced design professionals, either in-house or as part of a collaboration.

Competition information

  • the competition opens on 13 August 2018 and the deadline for applications is midday on 19 September 2018
  • UK-based businesses of any size or research and technology organisations can lead a project. Businesses can work alone or in collaboration with partners
  • total project costs can be between £10,000 and £40,000
  • you could get up to 70% of your project costs
  • you can register to attend a briefing event in Manchester on 16 August 2018 to find out more about the competition and how to make a quality application
  • successful applicants will be contacted by 26 October 2018
  • projects must start by 1 January 2019 and last no more than 3 months

MONDAY, 13 AUGUST 2018  | 

Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark MP met new graduates as they embark on science and engineering careers at Dounreay.

He talked with the new starters and some of the site’s existing apprentices who are helping to take apart ageing facilities while learning critical skills that could be transferable to other industries in the future. Mr Clark also met armed officers from the Civil Nuclear Constabulary who protect the site 24 hours a day.

His visit came after he saw the site earmarked for the UK’s first satellite launch pad located around 40 miles from the former fast reactor research site in Caithness. With decommissioning well advanced, Dounreay and its partners including the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) have worked closely with Highlands and Islands Enterprise to support the space proposal as part of efforts to ensure sustainability and growth for the area beyond the closure of the site.

Chief Nuclear Officer Steve Beckitt said: “It is important that we have the right skills to safely decommission our highly complex plants and so we are delighted that 10 engineering and science graduates have decided to move to the area and join our team this year. It was a privilege to introduce them to the Secretary of State on their second day in the job, which I think reflects the important work they will be doing and the role that young people can play in ensuring a highly skilled future for Caithness and Sutherland.”

Mark Raffle, NDA Lead Programme Manager, added: “We welcomed the opportunity to brief the Secretary of State on the work being done at Dounreay, the important role played by CNC in managing the security of the site and its nuclear material, while also introducing him to some young people just starting their careers.”

Dounreay is Scotland’s largest nuclear decommissioning project and is widely recognised as one of the most complex nuclear closure programmes. The work is being delivered by Dounreay Site Restoration Limited, a com

MONDAY, 13 AUGUST 2018  | 

Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark MP met new graduates as they embark on science and engineering careers at Dounreay.

He talked with the new starters and some of the site’s existing apprentices who are helping to take apart ageing facilities while learning critical skills that could be transferable to other industries in the future. Mr Clark also met armed officers from the Civil Nuclear Constabulary who protect the site 24 hours a day.

His visit came after he saw the site earmarked for the UK’s first satellite launch pad located around 40 miles from the former fast reactor research site in Caithness. With decommissioning well advanced, Dounreay and its partners including the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) have worked closely with Highlands and Islands Enterprise to support the space proposal as part of efforts to ensure sustainability and growth for the area beyond the closure of the site.

Chief Nuclear Officer Steve Beckitt said: “It is important that we have the right skills to safely decommission our highly complex plants and so we are delighted that 10 engineering and science graduates have decided to move to the area and join our team this year. It was a privilege to introduce them to the Secretary of State on their second day in the job, which I think reflects the important work they will be doing and the role that young people can play in ensuring a highly skilled future for Caithness and Sutherland.”

Mark Raffle, NDA Lead Programme Manager, added: “We welcomed the opportunity to brief the Secretary of State on the work being done at Dounreay, the important role played by CNC in managing the security of the site and its nuclear material, while also introducing him to some young people just starting their careers.”

Dounreay is Scotland’s largest nuclear decommissioning project and is widely recognised as one of the most complex nuclear closure programmes. The work is being delivered by Dounreay Site Restoration Limited, a com

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