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Procurement

£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

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

 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).