September 2018

New approach for roadworks in Kent

Hundreds of millions of pounds are being invested in road improvements in the coming years, including four major improvement schemes, thousands of maintenance and renewals projects and measure to increase the road network’s resilience to disruption. Now, business, civic and community leaders from across Kent have been invited to form an advisory group that can […]

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Phase Two of the Community Housing fund is now open

The £163 million fund is available for community-led groups to drive forward their ambitions for delivering new affordable housing schemes across England up to 31st March 2020. Phase One of the fund launched in July, supports applications for capacity building, pre-development revenue funding and capital funding for local infrastructure projects. Phase Two bidding is now […]

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Shortlist announced for Great British High Street Awards 2018

The awards, run by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, and sponsored by Visa, recognise and celebrate local achievements on our high streets and shine a light on great examples of how high streets can meet the challenges of changing consumer behaviour and a changing retail environment. After a rigorous selection process led […]

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One month until UK hosts Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit

The first ever Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit will take place in London on 9 and 10 October. Political figures, experts by experience and policy-makers from around the world will come together at the summit with one common goal: better mental health for all. The meeting will help countries work together to deal with stigma […]

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UK tests life-saving chemical detection robots and drones

Tests of the cutting-edge multi-million-pound project, co-funded by the Ministry of Defence and the Home Office, included robots that can ‘read’ and climb stairs and miniature drones weighing less than a bar of soap which could soon come into service to rapidly assess hazardous scenes. The aim of the ground-breaking research, named Project Minerva, is […]

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Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt to visit Japan

As part of the annual Strategic Dialogue between the UK and Japan, the Foreign Secretary will hold talks with his counterpart, Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Tuesday, to discuss key areas of close cooperation, including our future economic partnership, security and defence, and foreign policy issues such as the Korean Peninsula. Foreign Secretary Hunt will […]

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Government investment to overcome barriers to building

Investment to tackle issues on potential housing sites and get homes built in areas where they are needed most has been launched today (17 September 2018) by Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP. Issues like land contamination, infrastructure requirements, and complex land ownership can present real barriers to building homes where they are needed […]

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‘Don’t be a Space Invader’ – stay safe, stay back says Highways England

Stay safe, stay back – that is the message from Highways England today as it reveals the extent – and impact – of tailgating on the country’s major roads and motorways. New figures show that one in eight of all road casualties are caused by people who drive too close to the vehicle in front, […]

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Defence Minister hails enormous Shropshire military hub as transformative for frontline troops

The Minister visited the £83 million Defence Fulfilment Centre (DFC) after touring the armoury and current logistic facilities on-site at MOD Donnington.

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Rare 16th century painting of Spanish Armada at risk of export

An exceptionally rare painting depicting the defeat of the Spanish Armada, a naval campaign widely regarded to have changed the course of European history, is at risk of being deported from the UK unless a buyer can be found to match the asking price of £210,000. Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism Michael Ellis has […]

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