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More than 250 small businesses across Stoke-on-Trent bid for share of £2.8m grant scheme

Stoke-on-Trent council chiefs say the Discretionary Grants Fund may reopen soon, while Newcastle’s scheme is still accepting applications More than 250 small businesses in Stoke-on-Trent have applied for emergency lockdown funding – and others may soon get a second chance to submit bids. Stoke-on-Trent City Council launched the £2.8 million Discretionary Grants Fund last week after being allocated the money by th government, ...

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Council bid for more than £200,000 to make cycling and walking safer

Midlothian Council is bidding for an initial £208,000 of Scottish Government money to make it safer for people to walk, cycle or ‘wheel’ locally. It is also inviting local people to get in touch with more suggestions to apply for a second tranche of funding. If successful, the money from the initial bid would be used for temporary measures including ...

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County bids for funds to support walking and cycling

A bid to fund measures to encourage more walking and cycling in North Yorkshire to help people to maintain social distancing and to ease pressure on public transport is being submitted to the Government this week. North Yorkshire County Council has been allocated £1.3m from the Government’s £225m emergency active travel fund to support walking and cycling as part of ...

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What’s happening with the Development of Wales’ bid to be a CBILS lender?

It applied to be a lender under the British Business Bank administered scheme two months ago Ken Skates The Development of Wales is still to hear on its bid to become an accredited lender under a UK Government flagship loan support scheme, despite putting in an application two months ago. The development bank, which is wholly-owned by the Welsh Government, ...

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Campaigners awarded government funding after launching bid to secure reopening of Waterside rail route

Campaigners are calling for the old Totton to Hythe railway line to be reopened. CAMPAIGNERS calling for a Hampshire railway line to be reopened have received a major boost. Part of a £500m fund created by the government will be used to develop proposals to restore passenger services on the Totton to Hythe route. The line closed to the public ...

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Bids called for £35m Stonehenge dig

Highways England is advertising for archaeologists to carry out digs along the route of the planned £1.7bn Stonehenge tunnel in Wiltshire. While the upgrade of the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down past Stonehenge has yet to receive development consent from the government, Highways England is in negotiations with three teams of contractors pitching to build eight miles of new dual carriageway and ...

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Powys Council bids for homelessness help cash

Powys Council is to bid for a share of a £20 million Welsh Government funding pot to help it keep the 180 homeless people it has supported during the coronavirus lockdown off the streets. At a meeting of the economy, residents, communities and governance scrutiny committee on Monday, June 1, councillors looked at the figures for homelessness in Powys during the Covid-19 ...

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Plan to cap numbers at UK universities to go ahead

DfE in England rejects opposition from devolved administrations Students at Aberystwyth university in Wales after receiving their degrees in 2019. The UK government is going ahead with controversial plans to limit the number of students from England who can enrol at universities in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, rejecting opposition from the devolved administrations. Education ministers from Scotland and Wales angrily denounced the ...

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UK takes steps to shield tech firms from aggressive foreign takeovers

Acquisition bids from abroad will come an under increased level of scrutiny Within the next few weeks, the UK government is expected to table the National Security Investment Bill, designed to protect home-grown technology firms from aggressive foreign takeover. First discussed in 2017, the bill will see foreign acquisition bids come under an increased level of scrutiny and introduce a ...

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MP throws weight behind bid for new Haxby station

JULIAN Sturdy, MP for York Outer, has thrown his weight behind City of York Council’s bid to secure the government funding needed to build a new railway station at Haxby. In his letter of support for the bid, Mr Sturdy outlined the large catchment that a new station would serve and the positive impact of a train link into York in reducing ...

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State-owned Chinese company bids to build second UK nuclear plant

London: A Chinese state-owned company blacklisted in the United States has applied to build a second nuclear plant in Britain amid growing concern in UK government’s ranks about Chinese investment in critical infrastructure. China General Nuclear Power Group’s application creates a new headache for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is already facing a backbench revolt over his approval of Chinese firm ...

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$1,000 to download a movie: Life in London’s broadband dead zones

Even inside city limits, there are spots with no access to broadband Internet Chris Rudi operates her mattress business from an area of Fanshawe Park Road with no broadband internet service. To avoid sky-high data charges, she takes her cellphone to a breakfast place with free WiFi. (Submitted by Chris Rudi) Londoner Jim Gillies would like to video chat with his ...

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Croydon BID’s new chair says town centre to reopen on June 1

Croydon BID, the town centre business “improvement” organisation, has appointed a former personnel manager for Gatwick Airport as its latest chair. Darren Hockaday: new BID chair, with a mastery of bullshit In his first statement as chair of Croydon BID, Darren Hockaday announced that his organisation and Croydon Council want to reopen the town’s shopping centres from the coronavirus lockdown ...

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New Government Global Tariff Announced as UK Bids Farewell to Europe

Any Brexit Extension Looks Very Unlikely as Britain Moves to No Deal UK – Passing through the veil of smoke and mirrors which is inherent in almost any government pronouncement is often particularly tricky, and so it is with the announcement today of its post Brexit UK Global Tariff (UKGT), the eagerly awaited ‘Most Favoured Nation ‘ (MFN) document. One interpretation of ...

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Crisis nips bond momentum but optimism holds

Mitch Reznick thinks ESG factors in bond issuance are staying strong despite the crisis. The push by Asia-Pacific asset owners and money managers to take environmental, social and governance considerations into account in managing their fixed-income investments will power ahead this year despite some COVID-19 speed bumps, market participants say. The region’s ESG momentum hasn’t been able to entirely sidestep ...

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Gerry Adams wins Supreme Court appeal against convictions over prison break bids

Detention of former Sinn Fein leader was ‘unlawful’, says judge Former Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has won a Supreme Court appeal against two historic convictions for attempting to escape from the Maze Prison in the 1970s ( PA ) Gerry Adams’ historic convictions for attempting to escape from the Maze Prison in the 1970s have been overturned by the UK’s highest court ...

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England’s historic York bids to become first zero-emission city

The Roman-era city wants to be carbon neutral by 2030 For centuries the York Minster has dominated the ancient city of York in northern England. Alamy The cobbled streets date back to Roman times. AFP The city is aiming to be carbon neutral by 2030. AFP York is investing £2 billion to create a “new era” for cyclists and walking. ...

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Preventing procurement fraud in local government with the help of machine learning

Laurent Colombant, Continuous Monitoring Solution Manager at SAS, explores the threat that procurement fraud presents to local government, and discusses the anomalies that AI and machine learning should be aware of Half of the world’s organisations experienced economic crime between 2016 and 2018, according to PwC’s Global Economic Crime and Fraud survey.  Government organisations are among these and by no means immune from ...

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Manchester school board to hear pitch for facilities study

MANCHESTER — School board members are scheduled to hear a proposal from one of the founders of Manchester Proud on ways to address overcrowding at some of the city’s 22 public schools, and underutilized space at others. In February, the Board of School Committee adopted the community group Manchester Proud’s blueprint for the school district, titled “Our Community’s Plan for ...

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LGPS Central taps 2 for emerging markets bonds

LGPS Central, Wolverhampton, England, hired M&G Investments and Amundi to manage a £900 million ($1.1 billion) active global emerging markets bond allocation, a spokesman said. M&G Investments and Amundi will each manage £450 million for the £45 billion pool of U.K. local government pension schemes. “We were looking for candidates which displayed a robust and disciplined investment process, full transparency, value for money and ...

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