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Procurement

 

Government Purchasing Projects 2015 – 2020 and Beyond

The government has unveiled £191 billion of business opportunities to 2020 and beyond.

 

£140 Million Contract Signed for Sale of Defence Support Group

The Ministry of Defence has signed a contract worth £140 million with Babcock International for the sale of Defence Support Group.

 

Opportunity to Join UK-US Consortium for Armed Forces’ Information Sharing and Processing

A consortium is to be formed from academia and industry across the UK and US to help troops on the battlefield share, store and process information.

 

Local Land Charges – Supplier Update

Request for supplier engagement for our Local Land Charges proposals.

 

Invitations to Tender for Civil Actions and Public Law Contracts

Invitations to tender for actions against the police, clinical negligence and public law contracts.

 

Government Proposals to Tackle Late Payment

New proposals obliging large and listed companies to publish detailed information about their payment practices and performance unveiled.

 

G-Cloud 6 Framework – Digital Catalogue

The G-Cloud Framework catalogue, known as Digital Marketplace, will require frequent procurement refreshes to bring on new suppliers and services. Refreshes are being considered at a varying frequency of 3-12 months depending on demand and/or availability of new services as the IT Cloud market develops.

 

Digital Marketplace for Buying Public Sector IT Services

Digital Marketplace launched for government buyers purchasing from Digital Services Framework. It aims to level the playing field for SMEs competing in IT Services and make it easier for all to do business with government.

 

European Tenders

Defines the thresholds, notice types and bidding procedures, and provides links for free guidance for companies that want to enter the marketplace but require additional information.

 

Funding and Grants

Regional Growth Fund Increased to £3 Billion for Local Business

Regional Growth Fund: Nick Clegg is awarding extra funding to help regional businesses grow, bringing the total investment to £2.85 billion.

 

New Campaign to Encourage Under-Registered Groups to Register to Vote

A number of organisations will receive a share of £2.5 million funding to encourage people to #RegisterToVote.

 

Delivering Differently in Neighbourhoods Funding

Projects which help councils deliver more for less by working with local communities and neighbourhood groups awarded share of £2 million.

 

Auctions for Low Carbon Projects to Begin in UK

The government is making an extra £25 million of funding available in world leading auctions for low carbon support, following high levels of demand for contracts.

 

Strategic Projects Funding – BAT Funding

2015 bidding round now open.

 

Record Funding for Seaside Towns

Seaside attractions across England are to benefit from a record £36 million government investment to boost growth in coastal areas.

 

Support for Ending Gang and Youth Violence Programme 2015 – 2016

Young people’s advocates tackling gang-related sexual exploitation have received Home Office funding to continue for an extra 12 months.

 

Government Funding to Improve Automotive Skills

The government is joining forces with leading UK automotive manufacturers to boost skills across the sector, inspire the next generation of vehicle makers and create new routes into automotive careers.

 

Government Plans for Apprenticeship Reform

Government publishes the response to The Future of Apprenticeships in England: Funding Reform Technical Consultation.

 

Character Education – Apply for 2015 Grant Funding

Schools, colleges and organisations are invited to submit proposals to a £3.5 million grant fund to support projects in character education.

 

£9 Million Funding Available to Improve Transport Systems

Opportunities for businesses and local authorities to work together to develop integrated transport systems.

 

Africa Prosperity Fund: Call for Bids

The Africa Prosperity fund is looking for project concepts for financial year 2015 to 2016 funding.

 

British Business Bank Funding for Small and Regional Businesses

Nick Clegg announces that up to £50 million will be available for regionally-focused business lenders through the British Business Bank.

Funding Increased for Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry

The government today launched a £2 million fund for organisations reporting an increase in demand on their services prompted by the Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry.

 

Business Funding for Innovation in Integrated Energy Systems

Innovate UK is planning to invest up to £9.5 million in innovations to address the need for a diverse mix of energy sources and systems over the next three decades and beyond.

 

Green Deal Home Improvement Fund Details Announced

More people will get help to improve the energy efficiency of their homes through a new release of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund.

 

Bank of England and HM Treasury Announce Extension of Funding for Lending Scheme

This extension will provide lenders with continued certainty over the availability of cheap funding to support lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) during 2015, even in the event of stress in bank funding markets.

 

Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Prosperity Fund 2015 – 2016

The British High Commission in Port-of-Spain would like to invite concept bids for the FCO’s Prosperity Fund 2015/16. The Prosperity Fund supports projects that promote sustainable global growth.

 

Funding Opportunity – Business Models for a Circular Economy

Up to £800k available for studies into business case for retaining value in durable goods through reuse, remanufacture or lease/maintenance.

 

Funding for Projects to Help End Female Genital Mutilation

Communities Minister announces 17 projects to receive a share of £270,000 to help end FGM by creating a network of community champions.

 

Taxation

100 Councils Will Freeze Council Tax in 2015

Local authorities take up the government’s Council Tax freeze grant and keep bills down for taxpayers.

 

Online Tax Summaries Available Now

More than 8 million taxpayers who filed their 2013 to 2014 tax return electronically by the 31 January deadline can now access their online tax summary.

 

HMRC Sees Biggest Digital Self Assessment Ever

HM Revenue and Customs oversaw the biggest digital Self Assessment event ever this year, receiving 10.24 million tax returns by midnight on 31 January, it revealed today.

 

HMRC Seeks Views on Tax Penalties

HM Revenue and Customs is asking for views on how it might strengthen the effectiveness of its penalties regime.

 

Tax Relief for Britain’s Orchestras

Orchestra tax relief joins a number of other successful creative sector tax reliefs supporting films, theatre, animation and video games.

 

Rural Fuel Tax Cut Approved

UK’s most rural communities a step closer to getting a fuel price cut.

 

Top 10 Excuses for Not Completing Tax Returns

Ten of the most terrible excuses for missing the 31 January tax return deadline have been revealed today by HM Revenue and Customs.

 

Do Your Self Assessment Online – HM Revenue and Customs

Time is running out to complete your Self Assessment tax return.

 

Online Tax Account for Small Businesses – Your Tax Account

Launched in May 2014, Your Tax Account will, over time, enable small businesses to access everything they need to manage their tax affairs in a single, secure, online space. HMRC has worked with business customers to ensure it reflects their needs and is user-friendly.

 

New Self Assessment Online Chat Service from HMRC

HMRC are providing a new online chat service to customers with Self Assessment queries this January.

 

 Tackles Businesses’ Concerns over Holiday Pay Ruling

Government has taken action to reduce potential costs to employers and give certainty to workers on their rights on holiday pay.

 

Advice and Guidance on the Construction Industry Scheme

Webinars, emails and videos on the Construction Industry Scheme.

 

 

HMRC Help and Guidance for Tax Agents and Advisers

Help and support from HM Revenue and Customs for tax agents and advisers. Webinars, e-learning and videos if you’re a tax agent or adviser.

 

 

HMRC Advice and Guidance for the Self-Employed

Help and support from HM Revenue and Customs on self-employment. Webinars, emails and videos if you’re self-employed.

 

 

Debit Card Payments for HMRC

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) introduce a new online payment service.

 

 

‘Pensioner’ bonds will pay the best available interest rates

Chancellor visits Eastleigh to announce that government’s 65 plus bonds will pay savers the best available interest rates.

 

 

What is Auto Enrolment into Pension Schemes?

Money for nothing? Not something you hear offered every day, but the Government’s new law means that all employers will soon be legally responsible to enrol their staff onto a workplace pension scheme.

 

 

HMRC Support for Small Business

HM Revenue and Customs has re-launched Supporting Small Business, which lays out how the department is making tax easier, quicker and simpler.

 

 

HMRC Guidance on 2015 VAT Changes

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has published additional guidance for UK micro and small businesses who supply digital services to consumers in other EU Member States.

 

Business Rates Support for Small Businesses on the High Street

100 small businesses welcomed to first Downing Street Christmas Fair, as business rates support unveiled ahead of Small Business Saturday.

 

 

Time Limits on Backdating Business Rate Lists – Changes in England

There will be limits on the backdating of changes to rating assessments in England with effect from 1 April 2015.

 

Personal tax summaries: seven things to know

People across the UK will begin receiving their first personal tax summary from Monday 3 November. Find out what they’re all about.

 

Travel

Foreign Office Travel Advice – Egypt

There is a high threat from terrorism.

 

Transport

DVLA and Motor Insurers Bureau Launch MyLicence Service

The launch of MyLicence is an important step in allowing motor insurers access to driver information. It will act as a deterrent against insurance fraud and in some cases, should reduce insurance premiums for GB motorists.

 

Dart Charge at Dartford Crossing to Launch on 30 November

The way drivers pay the Dartford Crossing charge will change on Sunday 30 November, the Highways Agency confirmed today.

 

 

Mediation

Free Mediation for More Separating Couples

More separating couples will benefit from free mediation from 3 November, Simon Hughes has announced.

 

 

Child Maintenance

Non-Payment of Child Maintenance and Credit Ratings

Separated parents who fail to contribute financially to the upbringing of their children, face ruining their credit rating from next year.

 

Universal Credit

Universal Credit Support Pack for Social Landlords

A package of guidance for social landlords to help them prepare themselves and their tenants for Universal Credit has gone live today (13 November 2014).

 

 

Intellectual Property

How to Obtain Further Information on the Copyright Tribunal

How to obtain further information on legislation, decisions or general enquiries.

 

New Copyright Licensing Scheme for Orphan Works

A new licensing scheme launched today could give wider access to at least 91 million culturally valuable creative works.

 

Intellectual Property Professional Advice from Intellectual Property Office

Advice on where to find professional help for your intellectual property needs.

 

Pensions Guidance

Pensions Guidance Providers Unveiled

Citizens Advice Bureau will provide expert face to face guidance, and telephone guidance will be provided by the Pensions Advisory Service.

 

Changes to State Pension in 2016

The government has launched a public information campaign to ensure everyone knows what the State Pension changes mean for them.

 

 

Cybercrime

 

Fraudulent Invoices from European Patent Office and Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market

We are aware fraudulent European Patent Office and Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market invoices are being sent to UK based companies and individuals.

 

Government Advice on How to Stay Safe Online

A new survey from Cyber Streetwise has revealed the vast majority of people are not taking necessary steps to protect their identity online.

 

Small firms urged to take steps to combat cyber crime

Many small and medium-sized businesses ignore or underestimate the threat online fraud poses to their profitability, cashflow and reputation, according to a panel of experts on cyber fraud.

 

Motorists Warned About Scam Emails

DVLA warns the public of an email scam that asks drivers to verify their driving licence details via an online link.

 

Health

 

New Support for Sufferers of Mesothelioma Announced

New measures to support sufferers of the industrial disease mesothelioma and their families have been announced by Justice Minister Lord Faulks.

Vaccinate toddlers against flu advises Chief Medical Officer

Parents should get their toddlers vaccinated against flu now to protect them from severe illness the Chief Medical Officer has advised.

 

Government Guidance – Winter Weather 2014

Information relating to flooding, power cuts, travel and weather.

 

Ebola Update – Chief Medical Officer Advice on UK Screening

A statement on the introduction of screening at UK travel destinations has been issued following advice from the Chief Medical Officer.

 

Cold Weather Payments 2014

Extra government help as the Cold Weather Payments season begins.

 

Care Services

 

Independent Living Fund to be Closed in June 2015

The High Court has announced its decision on the judicial review case between 2 ILF users and the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

 

Carer’s Allowance Application System Launched Today

A new digital application system means that carers can now apply for their allowance at a time that suits them.

 

Government Advice Service to Help Older People Live Independently

FirstStop works with partners such as Age UK, local councils and home improvement agencies in 15 areas across England, to provide tailored advice and practical support for older people who may be struggling to cope in their own homes but remain determined to keep living independently.

 

Environment and Farming

Updates to Cross Compliance Guidance for Basic Payment Scheme

Rural Payments Agency urges farmers to get up to speed with the new rules or risk losing money.

 

Buying Property

 

20% Discount for First Time Buyers of New Homes

A new scheme offering 100,000 first-time buyers new homes with a 20% discount is announced today by the Prime Minister.

 

Recruitment

Security and Justice Adviser Position Available

Apply to join our team of core staff in the Security and Justice Group based in London. (Open to non-civil servants).