Archive | November, 2009

Queens Speech 2009

18. November 2009

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The Queen’s Speech set out the next steps in Building Britain’s Future. Our legislation for the next parliamentary session is a programme of tough action on the big issues that matter to people, in line with this Government’s core values of fairness and responsibility. At its heart is the conviction that government can be a [...]

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Sorting out Britain's Banks

17. November 2009

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5 November 2009   This week the Government announced the biggest shake-up of the high street for a generation.   The break-up of parts of Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group will create three new banks. It is a better deal for taxpayers, reducing the total assets protected by the taxpayer under this [...]

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Help for Homeowners

17. November 2009

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There are three principal government schemes available.   The first is the Homeowners Mortgage Support which is designed for households whose income has dropped as a result of the recession.   Homeowners Mortgage Support (HMS) will enable eligible borrowers who suffer a temporary loss of income to cut their mortgage interest payments for up to [...]

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New improvements to the NHS

17. November 2009

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 From 1 April teh Government is abolishing NHS prescription charges for everyone undergoing treatment for cancer, the effects of cancer, or the effects of cancer treatment.   Up to 150,000 patients already diagnosed with cancer are expected to benefit, saving them £100 or more each year in prescription charges.   Other new NHS improvements are [...]

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Defence Briefing

17. November 2009

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Why we are in Afghanistan   Our approach to Afghanistan is part of a wider international effort to help the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan to build the security, democracy and prosperity which is essential to stability in this crucial region and to our own national security – helping those countries to take increasing responsibility [...]

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PMs speech on Afghanistan

17. November 2009

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6 November 2009   Prime Minister Gordon Brown today announced future plans on British troop levels in Afghanistan, in support of our strategy of Afghanization set out in December 2007 and again in April this year.   Please find below a copy of the Prime Minister’s speech on Afghanistan. In it, the Prime Minister set [...]

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Repossessions

17. November 2009

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The steps that have been taken to ensure help is available at every stage of the repossession process include:   ACTION ON ADVICE: The Government is investing £130m in providing free face-to-face debt advice services between 2006 and 2011, and over the past year more than 100,000 families have received information and advice about their [...]

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The National Skills Strategy

17. November 2009

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11 November 2009   The Government has announced a new ambitious vision for giving people and businesses the skills they need to help drive economic growth.   The Government will:   Create a modern class of technicians, through a dramatic expansion of  advanced apprenticeships, creating 35,000 new apprenticeship places over the next two years;   [...]

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Building Schools for the Future

17. November 2009

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7 September 2009   20 Ministers including the Prime Minister and Schools Secretary Ed Balls visited new schools around the country on 7 September to celebrate the opening of 400 new or refurbished schools this year.   Thanks to teh Government’s investment more than 4,000 schools will have been built, rebuilt or refurbished by July [...]

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Child Trust Funds

17. November 2009

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From September 2009, the Government is making the first Child Trust Fund payments to 7-year-olds. Children will receive a payment of £250 into their CTF account.  A further payment of £250 will also be made for children in lower-income families, and children in care.   The Government payments are designed to: Help kick-start families’ saving [...]

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