Whitehall briefing w/b 02/04/13

Thursday 4th April 2013

1649 – Home Office – The Home Office and Department for Communities and Local Government will move into one building in 2014 as part of continuing work to reduce costs. 

1627 – HMRC – George Osborne visits a housing development outside Derby, providing support for home buyers through the government's 'Help to Buy' scheme. 

1301 – MoD – The Royal Navy's contribution to the alliance has been praised as it approaches 45 years of continuous submarine nuclear deterrent patrols.

1214 – HMRC – At Royal Crown Derby, George Osborne discusses benefits to potteries of Budget 2013 climate change levy exemption. 

1122 – DfE – Parents of children and young adults who are disabled or seriously ill will be able to apply for a share of the £27.3 million Family Fund, the Government announced today, as it continues its commitment for two years. 

1106 – FCO – Minister Mark Simmonds speaks about the upcoming Somalia Conference and opportunities for economic development in this online video.

1056 – Defra – Infrared surveillance cameras monitoring badger visits to cattle farms will be used in a new study to determine the risk faced by individual farms of badgers entering buildings.

1054 – BIS – Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE) 2006: consultation on proposed changes.

0937 – DfT – Cyclists across England are set to benefit from safer roads thanks to a £40 million boost to improve dangerous routes and junctions, Transport Minister Norman Baker announced today (4 April 2013).  

0916 – PM – "We need a nuclear deterrent more than ever": As Britain marks the 100th Vanguard patrol, Prime Minister David Cameron writes in the Daily  Telegraph about why he believes it is vital to renew Trident.

0707 –  Scotland Office – Minister Michael Moore UK Government helping Scotland's "world class" supply chain companies.

0706 – FCO – Minister Mark Simmonds condemns rocket fire from Gaza into Israel, calling for those responsible to respect the ceasefire.

Wednesday 3rd April 2013

1036 – "We are building a fair welfare state": Esther McVey, the Minister for the Disabled, writes on welfare reform in the Guardian. 

0956 – DfE – Rigour and Responsiveness in Skills: A plan of action to update skills priorities for England to make the system more rigorous and responsive to need.

0943 – Ofsted Official statistics: Independent school inspections and outcomes, including regulation compliance.

Tuesday 2nd April 2013

1756 – Prime Minister – David Cameron has welcomed the adoption of an Arms Trade Treaty by the United Nations General Assembly. Read his comment here.

1737 – HMRC George Osborne speaks to the workers at Morrisons about his support for Iain Duncan Smith's welfare reform policies.   

1600 – MoD – The British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) has started a new contract to deliver television and radio programmes to the UK Armed Forces.

1344 – Cabinet Office – Regional social enterprises to receive support from £10 million government fund: funding for two new incubators will offer intensive support to social enterprises in London, West Midlands and the North.

1313 – MoD – A new military command, established to improve the way MOD prepares for and conducts operations, reaches full operating capability today.

1301 – HMRC – George Osborne's full speech on welfare reforms available here

1106 – HMRC – The Patent Box, a new tax relief for profits from patents, starts today. 

1005 – HMRC – George Osborne opens a new Prudential Regulation Authority, as part of Government's reforms for "stronger, safer banks."

0845 – HMRC – George Osborne: "There's nothing fair abt trapping people on welfare or benefits going up faster than wages."

0630 – DWP – Iain Duncan Smith explains his welfare reforms on the BBC Today programme