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Focus on deploying heat pumps not hydrogen for homes this decade

Scottish Government Announce Enhanced Support to Make Homes Warmer and Greener

On Thursday the Scottish Government made it simpler and more affordable for people to install climate-friendly heat and energy efficiency measures in their homes. Homeowners in Scotland can now apply for a standalone grant of £7,500 from the Home Energy Scotland Scheme to install heat pumps. Previously applicants were required to sign up for a …

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Labour retains Chester seat in blow to Rishi Sunak in first electoral test

Labour retains Chester seat in blow to Rishi Sunak in first electoral test

Labour has won the City of Chester by-election, retaining the seat and delivering a defeat to Rishi Sunak in his first electoral test as Prime Minister. Local councillor Samantha Dixon re-won the seat for Labour with a 10,974 vote majority, after the contest was triggered by the resignation of Labour MP Christian Matheson, who resigned his Commons …

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NHS Tayside Launch Programme To Support Parents And Carers

NHS Tayside has become the first health board in Scotland to launch the ICON programme. The ICON programme has been introduced with the aim of helping parents and carers of infants learn how to cope with the stress associated with a crying baby. The programme has been introduced by NHS Tayside’s Child Protection Service in …

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Best Start Grant Early Learning and School Age Payments to be Made Automatically

People in Highland Perthshire who receive Scottish Child Payments and qualify for the Best Start Grant Early Learning and School Age payments will have paid them automatically from this week, without the need to apply for them separately. The two payments are part of a package of five family payments for low-income families which can …

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Cash from water company fines to be used to improve environment, Government says

Cash from water company fines to be used to improve environment, Government says

Under Government proposals, funds will be ringfenced to invest back into water quality improvement initiatives, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Defra said these could include the creation of wetlands, re-vegetating river banks and reconnecting meanders to the main channel of rivers. At present, money from fines imposed by Ofwat …

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Britain and Ukraine sign digital trade agreement

Britain and Ukraine sign digital trade agreement

Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch and Ukraine’s first deputy prime minister Yulia Svyrydenko will sign the digital trade agreement in London on Wednesday. Officials said the deal – based on a similar agreement earlier this year between the UK and Singapore – will support digital commerce through the facilitation of cross-border data flows. It follows an …

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