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Twelve-point Brexit plan: what are the key focus areas?

AG highlights Theresa May’s 12-point plan for Brexit and examines what it means for the UK
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Promoting arts and culture will be key in post-Brexit UK, say ministers

Ministers insist that promoting UK arts and culture abroad will be essential post-Brexit, with museums, galleries and theatres playing a key part Art galleries, museums, theatres and other cultural institutions will play a key role in promoting the United Kingdom overseas in the wake of Brexit, according to government ministers. On...
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New ombudsman for local council complaints takes office

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid confirms the appointment of Michael King as the Local Government Ombudsman, dealing with local council complaints After being confirmed by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid, Michael King starts his new role as Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) today. He brings a 25-year career in a range of consumer...
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UK’s top diplomat in European Union resigns

Downing Street confirms that Sir Ivan Rogers, the UK’s top diplomat in the European Union, has resigned just months before Brexit negotiations are due to start The Financial Times reported this lunchtime that Sir Ivan Rogers, the UK’s ambassador to the European Union, has unexpectedly resigned just a few short...
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Superfast broadband rollout to benefit from extra cash

More than half a million premises could benefit from a £440m cash boost to the government’s superfast broadband rollout scheme The £440 million windfall will help as many as 600,000 homes and businesses gain access to superfast broadband, including properties in the most remote parts of the UK. New figures show...
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UK citizens’ rights should not be a Brexit bargaining chip

The government must not use the fundamental rights of UK citizens or EU nationals as a Brexit bargaining chip, say the Joint Committee on Human Rights A report published today from the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) says that the Government must not use citizens’ fundamental rights as a...
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UK unemployment rate still lowest in over a decade

Figures released today show the UK unemployment rate still at its lowest since 2005, but a rise in the number of Universal Credit claimants The Office for National Statistics released figures today which show that the UK unemployment rate remains at its lowest level in over a decade. Unemployment is...
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Lords Committee calls for new UK-Irish agreement before Brexit

The Lords European Union Committee is calling for a new bilateral UK-Irish agreement ahead of Brexit, recognising the special relationship between the two The European Union Committee of the House of Lords published a report on Monday calling for a new UK-Irish agreement to be drawn up ahead of the...
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Community groups funding to get £2.5m boost

Small grassroots community groups including neighbourhood organisations, parishes and local voluntary groups are set to receive a funding boost The government has announced that small grassroots community groups including neighbourhood organisations, parishes and local voluntary groups will get a direct funding boost of £2.5 million through a new ‘Communities Fund’. The...
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Digital transformation is a key priority, say finance chiefs

A new report states that digital transformation in finance will be the main priority for public sector chief financial officers over the next five years New research by EY, which surveyed 19 public sector chief finance officers (CFOs) in the UK, stated that 58% ranked improving performance through a digital transformation...
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Government promises record infrastructure investment funds

Record high infrastructure investment funds are set out in a new £500 billion government pipeline, aimed at addressing the productivity gap The government has released details of a £500 billion-plus infrastructure investment pipeline, including largescale projects such as the Thames Tideway Tunnel, the rollout of smart meters, and upgrades to...
New benefit cap reduces cash

Oxford households could lose out with new benefit cap

Oxford households could be hit hard this month as the government reduces the amount of cash a family can receive under a new benefit cap Tenants in Oxford could lose up to £1.1 million a year in housing benefits due to new caps to be in place later this month. As...
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Keep ban on neonicotinoids, wildlife groups urge government

The UK’s leading wildlife, conservation and environment groups are calling for the government to retain and extend a ban on neonicotinoids to protect bees In an open letter to the UK government, 18 leading wildlife and environment organisations say there is now more than enough evidence to retain a ban...
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Rough sleeping in Oxford continues to be a serious challenge

Rough sleeping in Oxford remains a major challenge in the city according to a  street count conducted by the City Council The street count was conducted at the beginning of this month with an estimated 33 people on the streets, down from 39 in 2015. However, the council and homeless organisations...
Philip Hammond Autumn Statement housing policy

Improved housing policy welcome, but where is social care?

Civica CEO Wayne Story gives the software and digital solutions provider’s reaction to measures announced in yesterday’s Autumn Statement, including on housing policy Today, in his first Autumn Statement, Philip Hammond’s overarching focus was one of improving productivity. Beyond this, three aspects caught our attention, the first being his belief...
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Failure to address health and social care crisis in Autumn Statement

Anger and dismay were the reactions across the board at a lack of support for health and social care in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond today delivered his first Autumn Statement to the UK Parliament. Although he announced measures designed to increase productivity by investing in...
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Autumn Statement: Hammond looks to close productivity gap

Focusing on closing the UK’s productivity gap, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond today delivered his first – and last – Autumn Statement The focus of Chancellor Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Statement, which he delivered to Parliament at lunch time today, was to close the “unacceptable” productivity gap. Through it...
May pledges £2bn research and development investment

May pledges £2bn research and development investment

In her first speech to the CBI, Prime Minister Theresa May this morning pledged £2 billion for research and development investment to put the UK on the ‘cutting edge’ Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a boost for research and development today, pledging £2 billion to place a post-Brexit UK...
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UK ratifies Paris climate agreement

The UK government ratified the Paris climate agreement this week after a 21-day period for parliamentary scrutiny expired with no objections The Paris climate agreement came into force on 4 November when more than 55 countries representing more than 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions ratified the deal. The European...
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Music and arts investment to benefit young people

The government has today announced more than £300 million music and arts investment to benefit children and young people from all backgrounds The Department for Education believes “hundreds of thousands of young people from all backgrounds” will benefit from a multi-million pound music and arts investment announced today. The funding...

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