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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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Alan Johnson’s Response to Urgent Question on Professor David Nutt

17. November 2009

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2 November 2009 “Mr Speaker, there should be no question that since its establishment in 1971, the independent and expert advice of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs has been invaluable to the successive governments it has served.   Later today, this House will consider imposing greater controls on the party drug, GBL, [...]

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DNA Retention: Announcement of Government Proposal

17. November 2009

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11 November 2009   The Home Secretary Alan Johnson has today announced a series of proposals designed to ensure the right people are on the National DNA Database, as well as defining when people should come off the database.   The UK has become recognised as the world leader in developing the use of the [...]

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Funding to help people back into work

17. November 2009

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13 November 2009  Today John Denham, Communities Secretary, announced that 61 local authorities will receive a share of £40m of Working Neighbourhood Fund (WNF) to tackle worklessness and low skills, and help people back to work   While the number of long-term jobless families has been reduced by 13 per cent over the last ten [...]

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