UK progress on cyber security

17 December 2013

Two years after the publication of the National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS), the Government has published a progress report on how the UK is being protected and promoted in a digital world.

New test for diesel particulate filters

17 December 2013

With effect from February 2014, tests for diesel cars and lorries are to be tightened up to ensure that vehicles still have a critical exhaust filter if one was originally fitted as standard.

EU- Ukraine Free-Trade Agreement

17 December 2013

The EU-Ukraine Free Trade Association (FTA) negotiations in November 2013 were put on hold when the Ukrainian president announced his intention that his country would instead join the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Azerbaijan. This provoked large public demonstrations in the Ukranian capital, Kiev, in favour of EU membership. Whether Ukraine intends to apply for membership of the EU or of the Russian Customs Union is still unclear.

HCA welcomes housing investment

16 December 2013

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has welcomed £1 billion of new investment under the Local Infrastructure Fund, announced by the Chancellor in his Autumn Statement.

Government procurement information updated

16 December 2013

Information about future Government procurement business opportunities has been updated in an effort to help businesses of all sizes bid for more public sector contracts.

Fuel duty frozen until 2015

16 December 2013

In his Autumn Statement, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, announced that fuel duty would be frozen at 57.95 pence per litre until May 2015.