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The News section lists important news items recently published, regarding government policy and issues affecting UK citizens.


Over Seven Million £324 Payments Made to Families by Government in Last Week Alone

Over seven million payments of £324 have already been made to low-income families through the government’s cost of living support.


£324 Cost of Living Payment will Start to be Paid from Today

Almost one in four families across the UK will receive £324 from the government this month as the latest Cost of Living Payments are sent out from today (8 November 2022).


Rishi Sunak’s First Speech as Prime Minister 25 October 2022

Rishi Sunak gave his first speech as Prime Minister in Downing Street.


Two Batches of Targocid 200mg Powder Recalled

Patients urged to check packs of Targocid 200mg after two batches found to be contaminated.


Infected Blood Compensation Will Not be Taxed

Thousands of victims of the historic infected blood scandal, which occurred in the 70’s and 80’s, are being contacted this week to confirm that interim compensation payments will be made by the end of October.


Pregnant Women and New Parents Will Receive Greater Protections from Redundancy

Pregnancy and Maternity Discrimination Bill introduced and backed by the government.


1 Week of Unpaid Carer’s Leave to be Introduced

Millions of people across the UK who are currently providing unpaid care to dependant family members or friends will be entitled to unpaid leave under new laws backed by the government today.


NHS Digital to be Merged with NHS England

Patients will benefit from more streamlined care and be able to make more informed choices about how and where they access treatment after plans to transform NHS data sharing were brought forward.


The Prime Minister Resigns

Liz Truss, the Prime Minister, has resigned. Her speech before 10 Downing Street is given below.


£180 Million to Improve Children’s Development in the Early Years

Thousands of early years professionals will benefit from investment to drive quality and training, and to better support the next generation of children.


£2,000 in Government Funding Available to Help with Childcare Costs

HMRC is encouraging families across the UK to not miss the opportunity for government-funded help towards their childcare costs.


New Chancellor’s Medium-Term Fiscal Plan

Following conversations with the Prime Minister, the Chancellor has taken these decisions to ensure the UK’s economic stability and to provide confidence in the government’s commitment to fiscal discipline.


Support with Employee Health and Disability Service

£6.4 million boost for employers to support disabled people.


Prime Minister’s Press Conference 14 October 2022

The Prime Minister restates her view on the economy, after replacing the Chancellor of the Exchequer.


Corporation Tax Rate Changed

The Corporation Tax rate will increase to 25% from April 2023.


Electronic Trade Documents Bill  – Digital Trade Documents to be Given Same Legal Status as Paper Documents

The Bill will make digital documentation legally recognised, reduce admin costs and make it easier for British firms to buy and sell internationally.


New National Science and Technology Council Established

New National Science and Technology Council established to deliver UK strategic advantage through science and technology.


New Energy Prices Bill Introduced to Reduce Energy Bills

Government measures to keep energy prices down.


Teacher Training Bursaries Increased by Up to £10,000 Per Year

Over £180 million now available to attract trainee teachers in high priority subjects for courses starting in 2023/24.


Self Assessment Customers Should be Alert to Fraudsters and Scams

Criminals claiming to be from HMRC have targeted individuals by email, text and phone with their communications ranging from offering bogus tax rebates to threatening arrest for tax evasion.


Employment Help for People Suffering from Mental Health Problems

£122 million is being invested to roll out a vital NHS England service nationally, providing those who receive mental health support with employment advice to help them stay in work or return to the job market quicker.


Changes to Intellectual Property Office’s Bank Details

New sort code, account number, Swift code and IBAN number.


Government Office for Technology Transfer Events and Conferences in October

Details about Government Office for Technology Transfer events and conferences.


Prisoners Will be Allowed to Start High Quality Apprenticeships at Well-Known Employers Due to Change in Law

For the first time ever, those behind bars will embark on dedicated on-the-job learning programmes that have a direct route into work with leading employers on release that will keep offenders on the straight and narrow.


VAT Registered Businesses Must Use Making Tax Digital Compatible Software for VAT Returns from 1 November 2022

An overview of the change, with guidance on how to submit VAT returns.


Second Cost of Living Payment to be Paid from 8 November 2022

More than 8 million households will received £324 second payment.


Plans to Cut Red Tape for Small Businesses

Businesses with less than 500 employees to be reclassified as small businesses.


Government Support for Energy Bills Begins for Households and Businesses – 1 October 2022

The government’s programme to reduce energy bills for household and businesses begins.


DWP Update on £150 Disability Cost of Living Payments

Almost 6 million £150 Cost of Living Payments processed for disabled people.


Top-Up Training Introduced for Close Protection Operatives

All close protection licence holders will need a first aid qualification and the new top-up training before they renew.


Register your Interest for the UK Trade and Export Finance Forum 17 November 2022

Whether you are a UK supplier looking to export overseas or an international corporate considering long-term financing, this forum will provide you with insight and business connections to support you in your export journey.


Funding Available for Testing the Security of Internet of Things Devices

Up to £200,000 available to test security of smart devices used by nearly all UK businesses.


£1.5 Billion Help to Heat Fund

Around 130,000 low-income households across England could see bills slashed by around £400 to £700 a year as their homes receive energy efficiency upgrades through the government’s latest Help to Heat funding.


Advice on Completing a Tax Return for the First Time

The deadline for completing Self Assessment tax returns online for the 2021 to 2022 tax year is 31 January 2023.


Competition and Markets Authority Issues Call for Information from Consumers and Businesses on Heating Solutions and Consumer Protection Rules

To explore whether action is needed to help ensure consumers are treated fairly and businesses are supported to meet their obligations under consumer protection law.


New Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Regulations 1 October 2022

Providers should be compliant with new smoke and carbon monoxide regulations from 1 October or have plans in place to ensure compliance.


Administrative Earnings Threshold to rise for Universal Credit Jobseekers

The changes will bring tens of thousands of claimants of all ages across Great Britain into closer contact with a dedicated Work Coach focused on guiding them to increase their hours, progress in their chosen field, or pursue other opportunities – all aimed at helping jobseekers to earn more money.


Tax Cuts Announced by Chancellor of Exchequer

Growth Plan announced – to release the huge potential in the British economy by tackling high energy costs and inflation and delivering higher productivity and wages.


UK Government Lifts Moratorium on Shale Gas Production in England

To bolster the UK’s energy security, the UK government has today lifted the moratorium on shale gas production in England, and confirmed its support for a new oil and gas licensing round.


Mobile Roaming Cap in Norway and Iceland

The UK has signed an agreement to cap charges for using data and making calls and texts in Norway and Iceland.


Government Plans to Cut Energy Bills for Businesses

The government intends to provide significant financial support to help reduce the cost of energy bills.


Basic Payment Scheme 2022 Entitlement Rates

The Basic Payment Scheme is a rural payment that provides financial help to the farming industry.


£150 Disability Cost of Living Payments Begin This month

Six million people who are paid certain disability benefits will begin to receive a one-off payment of £150 from 20 September 2022.


UK Will Maintain or Increase Support for Ukraine in 2023

Prime Minister Liz Truss will use her visit to New York this week to solidify the UK’s commitment to Ukraine’s security and territorial integrity, with the announcement that the UK will match or exceed our record 2022 military support to Ukraine next year.


Her Majesty the Queen’s Funeral to be Shown Live on BBC One, ITV and Sky, and on Big Screens Throughout the Country

Plans for public to watch Her Majesty The Queen’s funeral announced.


Two Minute Silence to Mark the Death of Her Majesty the Queen to be Held Today

There will be a two-minute silence at the end of the State Funeral service on Monday, 19 September.


Ceremonial Events Following the Death of Her Majesty the Queen 16 September 2022

A summary of the events taking place today as a tribute to Her Majesty The Queen.


Ceremonial Events Following the Death of Her Majesty the Queen 15 September 2022

A summary of events that are taking place today.


Queue Route Announced for Her Majesty The Queen’s Lying-in-State

The route for Her Majesty The Queen’s Lying-in-State has been announced by DCMS.


Ceremonial Events Wednesday, 14 September 2022

The Lying-in-State will formally begin today at 5 PM in the Palace of Westminster.


Benefits to be Paid Early Due to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral

People expecting to receive benefits and credits on Monday 19 September will be paid early.


Ceremonial Events Following the Death of Her Majesty the Queen 13 September 2022

An overview of events occurring in Northern Ireland, Scotland and England today.


National Moment of Reflection, Sunday 18 September

To mourn the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.


Guidance on How the Public Can Attend Her Majesty the Queen’s Lying-in-State at Westminster Hall

The public will be able to file past the coffin 24 hours a day from 5pm on Wednesday 14 September until 6.30am on the day of the funeral – Monday 19 September.


Ceremonial Events Following the Death of Her Majesty the Queen Sunday 11 September 2022

A listing of the ceremonial events that took place yesterday, Sunday 11 September.


Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral will Take Place on Monday 19 September

Monday 19 September, the date of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral, will be a national bank holiday.


Advice for Those Travelling to Buckingham Palace and Other Royal Residences

Details of the funeral of Her Majesty The Queen and other forthcoming ceremonial and commemorative events across the UK will be announced in due course.


The Prime Minister’s Statement on the Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The Prime Minister reflects on the death of the Queen and praises her achievements over her long reign.


Energy Bills to be Capped at £2,500 Per Year for the Next Two Years

The Prime Minister’s speech to parliament on reducing energy bills.


Liz Truss’s First Speech as Prime Minister

The new Prime Minister outlines her plans to deal with current problems facing Britain.


Boris Johnson’s Final Speech as Prime Minister

Boris Johnson sums up his premiership.


MHRA Advice on COVID-19 Vaccines for those who are Pregnant or Breastfeeding Unchanged

No change to MHRA advice on the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding


£110 Million Funding Available for Rural Businesses

The funding will be invested in projects which will boost productivity and create rural job opportunities.


Bus Fares to be Capped at £2 Per Journey from January to March 2023

This will reduce travel costs over the winter to help with the rising cost of living.


Polio Sewage Surveillance Expanded from London across England

Sewage treatment works will be checked in a further 20 cities.


Changes to Training Needed for Security Industry Authority Licence – Updated

These are in addition to the 2021 changes. Changes listed with the relevant dates.


Monkeypox Cases Continue to Decline

Update 2 September 2022. For last week there were 3,389 confirmed and highly probable cases of monkeypox in the UK.


Wrexham Officially Became a City on 1 September 2022

Wrexham now becomes the seventh city in Wales joining Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Bangor, St Davids and St Asaph.


£200 Million Funding Announced to Improve Maths and English in Schools

Education trials and interventions to improve attainment will be carried out across schools, colleges and early years settings, backed by a new multi-million government grant.


£3.3 Million to be Invested in Next Generation Nuclear Technology

The funding will support early-stage innovation for 6 winning projects.


UK Legalises Public Documents Electronically – FCDO

UK Legalisation Office will now issue electronic ‘e-Apostille’ certificates.


New Support Measures to Improve School Attendance

Schools are being advised to work in partnership with councils and consider targeted family support or home visits where there are barriers to attending school.


COVID-19 Alert Level Has Been Reduced

Based on UKHSA advice, the UK Chief Medical Officers and NHS England National Medical Director have recommended to ministers the COVID alert level moves from level 3 to level 2.


NatWest to Refund Hundreds of Business Customers after Breaching Banking Rules

NatWest issued with legal directions by the Competition and Markets Authority after it broke banking rules.


Rent Cap on Social Housing

The move would prevent rents for council and housing association houses from rising significantly in the next financial year.


Latest Updates on the Spread of Monkeypox in England

The data covers 6 May-29 August 2022 – 3,257 cases in total.


Businesses Must Submit Import Declarations through the New Customs Declaration Service from 1 October 2022

It will take over from the CHIEF system for import declarations.


New Rules to Protect UK Telecoms Networks against Cyber Attacks

Security standards of the UK’s mobile and broadband networks to be improved by new rules under the Telecommunications (Security) Act.


South West England Declared to be in Drought by the Environment Agency

The Environment Agency has today agreed that all of the South West of England is now in drought following some of the driest conditions in nearly 90 years.


Consultation for Extending NHS Pension Scheme for Returning Retired Staff

Retired and partially retired NHS staff could have important NHS pension changes extended to make it easier for them to return to the workforce or to continue supporting the health system over winter, as the government launches a new consultation today.


Gibraltar’s City Status Reaffirmed

This status is testament to the close relationship between Gibraltar and the United Kingdom, 99% of Gibraltarians reaffirmed their commitment to British sovereignty in a referendum of 2002.


50 New Surgical Hubs to Open across England to Reduce COVID-19 Backlogs

Over 50 new surgical hubs will provide at least 100 more operating theatres and 1,000 more beds to deliver millions more operations.


Families Claiming Tax Credits Will Receive First Cost of Living Payment between 2 and 7 September 2022

This £326 government payment will be paid automatically into eligible tax credit-only customers’ bank accounts between 2 and 7 September 2022. The first HMRC payments will total around £360 million.