(LONDON) Parliament Social Care Levy (Ways & Means) Report: MPs Ayes: 319 & Noes: 248 on Wednesday evening over raising and spending of the £36-billion #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Sept.09: The Prime Minister today set out responsible, fair, and necessary plans to tackle the Covid backlogs, reform adult social care, and bring the health and social care system closer together on a long term, sustainable footing.

#AceDailyNews reports that GOVUK Parliament has voted on raising 36-billion investment through a ‘Social Care Levy’ to reform NHS & Social Care and how it will be spent and heres waht the PM & Tory MPs and others said to read below:

Responsible, fair, and necessary action taken to provide biggest catch-up programme in the history of the NHS and reform the adult social care system.

  • Prime Minister pledges to tackle NHS Covid backlogs and cut waiting times with new £36 billion investment for health and social care
  • Responsible, fair, and necessary action taken to provide biggest catch-up programme in the history of the NHS and reform the adult social care system
  • NHS capacity to increase to 110% of planned activity levels by 2023/24, offering more appointments, treatments, and operations
  • Social care reform plan will end catastrophic costs for people across the country, and include extra investment in care sector to improve training and support
  • Funded by a new Health and Social Care Levy on working adults and an equivalent rise in the rates of dividend tax to make sure everyone pays their fair share

The Prime Minister today set out responsible, fair, and necessary plans to tackle the Covid backlogs, reform adult social care, and bring the health and social care system closer together on a long term, sustainable footing.

£36 billion will be invested in the health and care system over the next three years, to ensure it has the long term resource it needs.

Patients will benefit from the biggest catch-up programme in the NHS’s history, so people no longer face excessive waits for treatment.

Successive governments have failed to provide a long-term solution for social care. The system will finally be reformed, ending unpredictable and catastrophic care costs faced by thousands, and making the system fairer for all.

From April 2022, the government will introduce a new, UK-wide 1.25 per cent Health and Social Care Levy, ringfenced for health and social care. This will be based on National Insurance contributions (NICs) and from 2023 will be legislatively separate.

To ensure everyone contributes fairly, all working adults, including those over the state pension age, will pay the levy and the rates of dividend tax will also increase by 1.25% to help fund this package.

Every individual will contribute according to their means. Those who earn more pay more, with the highest earning 14 per cent of people paying around half the revenues.

Employers, who benefit from a healthy workforce and a tax-payer funded health service, will be asked to contribute so the costs are more widely shared.

This will raise around £12 billion in extra funding per year, to be invested in frontline health and social care across the UK over the next three years.

The pandemic put unprecedented pressure on the NHS. The number of patients waiting for elective surgery and routine treatment in England is now at a record high of 5.5 million. This could reach 13 million by the end of the year if left unchecked. Before the pandemic, nine out of ten were waiting fewer than 25 weeks in England. This has now risen to 44 weeks.

To fix this, the NHS needs to be able to offer more appointments, operations, and treatments. Rather than simply plugging the gaps, new, innovative practices must be pushed forward so patients continue to receive the best possible care.

The new funding is expected to fund an extra 9 million checks, scans, and operations. The NHS long term plan committed to increasing activity year on year. In recognition of pressures from Covid, this will now increase to 110% of the planned activity levels by 2023/24.

This is in addition to our historic settlement for the NHS in 2018, which will see its budget rise by £33.9 billion a year by 2023/24.

This is a significant, long-term increase in public spending, which will directly improve people’s lives.

Speaking in the House, Prime Minister, Boris Johnson said:

You can’t fix the Covid backlogs without giving the NHS the money it needs. You can’t fix the NHS without fixing social care, you can’t fix social care without removing the fear of losing everything to pay for it, and you can’t fix health and social care without long-term reform. The plan I am setting out today will fix all of these problems together.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said:

We’re tackling the NHS backlog and taking decisive action to fix our broken social care system.

This significant £12bn-a-year long-term increase in public spending will improve people’s lives across the UK – but our health and social care systems cannot be rebuilt without difficult decisions.

The new Health and Social Care Levy is the necessary and responsible thing to do to protect the NHS, sharing the cost between businesses and individuals and ensuring those earning more pay more.

Amanda Pritchard, NHS chief executive, said:

It’s absolutely right that NHS staff, who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to care for hundreds of thousands of Covid patients in hospital, get strong backing to recover routine services and begin to tackle the Covid backlog.

The pandemic is still with us and we will have to live with the impact of Covid for some time, so the additional funding confirmed this week will help meet those additional costs, and give the NHS clarity for the coming years while delivering millions more of the vital checks, tests and operations that patients need.

Health and Social Care Secretary, Sajid Javid said:

Our nurses, doctors and care workers have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic in our hour of need.

But the pandemic has taken its toll – waiting times are longer than ever before and social care is under even greater pressure.

This additional funding is a critical investment in our country’s future – it will give the NHS the extra capacity it needs to get back on its feet and is a vital first step in the reform of our broken care system.

The Prime Minister has been clear that we cannot fix Covid backlogs without fixing the social care system. Taking necessary, responsible, and fair action, the Prime Minister has pledged to end the cruel lottery around social care costs.

Currently, families live with the fear of losing everything they own – including potentially a lifetime’s worth of savings.

Around one in seven must pay over £100,000 for care, with bills falling indiscriminately on some of the sickest and most vulnerable.

Thanks to the action announced today, no one in England will now have to pay more than £86,000 in care costs over the course of their lifetime. This is equivalent to around three years in care.

This will apply regardless of where they live, how old they are, what their condition is, or how much they happen to earn.

At the same time, the government will support those without savings – with the state covering all care costs for anyone with assets under £20,000.

Anyone with assets between £20,000 and £100,000 will be expected to contribute to the cost of their care but will also receive state support, which will be means-tested.

The new £100,000 limit is over 4 times higher than the current limit of £23,250, meaning many more people will be eligible for support than under the current system.

The overall system will be made fairer, to ensure those who fund their own care do not pay more than state-funded individuals for the equivalent standard of care.

The social care workforce will receive new training and qualification opportunities, so they have the opportunity to progress and improve, while providing an even better standard of care.

The Prime Minister is also clear we must address wider issues in how and where people are cared for. We will bring the NHS and the social care system in England closer together – so people can be better cared for at the time and place that is right for them. An integration white paper will be published later this year.

While Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own systems, we will work together with the Devolved Administrations to tackle treatment backlogs and improve care for our elderly.

An ageing population with increasingly complex needs is putting ever more pressure on the social care system.

So alongside providing a path to long-term financial sustainability, additional support for the care system is also needed.

The government will set out a detailed plan later in the autumn to enable Local Authorities and other providers to invest in technology, innovative methods of care and in their workforce.

#AceHealthDesk report ……Published: Sept.09: 2021:

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(LONDON) U.K. Parliament Social Care Funding Report: A new health and social care tax will be introduced across the UK to pay for reforms to the care sector and NHS funding in England, the PM has said on Tuesday #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Sept.08: Boris Johnson said it would raise £36bn for frontline services in the next three years and be the “biggest catch-up programme in the NHS’ history”

#AceDailyNews says that Boris Johnson has outlined a new 1.25% health and social care tax to pay for reforms………..He accepted the tax broke a manifesto pledge, but said the “global pandemic was in no one’s manifesto”……………….However, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said the plan was a “sticking plaster”.

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The tax will begin as a 1.25% rise in National Insurance (NI) from April 2022 paid by both employers and workers, and will then become a separate tax on earned income from 2023 – calculated in the same way as NI and appearing on an employee’s payslip.

Income from share dividends – earned by those who own shares in companies – will also see a 1.25% tax increase.

The UK-wide tax will be focused on funding health and social care in England, but Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will receive an additional £2.2bn to spend on their services. 

PM: Social care must be paid for by taxes, not borrowing

Mr Johnson said the proceeds from these rises would lead to £12bn a year going into catching up on the backlog in the NHS created by Covid, increasing hospital capacity for nine million more appointments, scans and operations.

And he pledged that by 2024/25, there would be the ability to help 30% more elective patients than before the pandemic.

The money will also go towards changes to the social care system, where a cap will be introduced on care costs from October 2023 of £86,000 over a person’s lifetime.

All people with assets worth less than £20,000 will then have their care fully covered by the state, and those who have between £20,000 and £100,000 in assets will see their care costs subsidised.

Mr Johnson insisted that with the new tax “everyone will contribute according to their means”, adding: “You can’t fix the Covid backlogs without giving the NHS the money it needs.”You can’t fix the NHS without fixing social care. you can’t fix social care without removing the fear of losing everything to pay for social care and you can’t fix health and social care without long-term reform. “The plan that this government is setting out… will fix all of those problems together.”But Labour’s Sir Keir said the new tax broke the Conservatives’ pledge at the last election not to raise National Insurance, income tax or VAT. He also said the rise would target young people, supermarket workers and nurses, rather than those with the “broadest shoulders” who should pay more. The Labour leader added: “Read my lips – the Tories can never again claim to be the party of low tax.”The leader of the Liberal Democrats, Sir Ed Davey – who is a carer himself – also said the tax was “unfair”, and said the government’s plan missed out solutions for staffing shortages, care for working age adults and unpaid family carers. Mr Johnson said no Conservative government wanted to raise taxes – but he defended the move as “the right, the reasonable and fair approach” in light of the pandemic, which saw the government spend upwards of £407bn on support. A tax more palatable to voters?Analysis by Peter Saull, BBC politics correspondentUnder Boris Johnson’s plan, your payslip will feature a “Health and Social Care Levy” from 2023 onwards.This is the 1.25% rise in National Insurance rebranded to underline that the money will be ring-fenced for the health and care system.You may well have seen something similar on your council tax bill.Local authorities in England have been able to raise extra money through an “adult social care precept” since 2015. In effect, though, the prime minister is creating a brand new tax.The idea of a specific “NHS and care tax” is something that may well be more palatable to voters.And future occupants of No 10 could struggle to justify getting rid of it.

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(LEBANON) JUST IN: Parliament Report: Protestors demand new leadership but not elected from the elite and they choose a billionaire #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.31: Protestors in Lebanon have been demanding new leadership who are removed from the political elite. Instead, Lebanon’s parliament has chosen a billionaire to be its next prime minister.

#AceDailyNews says …Lebanon Chooses Billionaire Najib Mikati as Next Prime Minister who has led Lebanon before, though not without accusations of corruption. The situation only further illustrates the growing gap between Lebanon’s wealthy ruling class and the impoverished population.

MNN ONLINE REPORT:

SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

Credit: Reuters

Pierre Houssney of Horizons International says, “The church in Lebanon right now is in an existential crisis. There’s collapse happening all around them. And there’s so much temptation, especially for the younger generation of believers, to just leave Lebanon, and to believe that narrative that they have no future in Lebanon.”

The header photo shows Najib Mikati. (Photo courtesy of World Economic Forum from Cologny, Switzerland, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: July.31: 2021:

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(LONDON) Parliament #Coronavirus Report: Amid England’s reopening, UK Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi has revealed that proof of full inoculation against #COVID19 will soon be needed to enter clubs and big venues, and a booster shot programme is in the works #AceHealthDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.20: Monday marked the long-anticipated reopening of England’s bars and clubs, and the dropping of most of the coronavirus restrictions that had been in place since last year. However, the government will soon make vaccination mandatory to enter these establishments, Zahawi announced on Monday.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says Booster shots coming, vaccines will be MANDATORY for nightclubs, UK govt announces today in Parliament …as cases like this rise and daily cases soar …..

19 Jul, 2021 17:28 

Booster shots coming, vaccines will be MANDATORY for nightclubs, UK govt announces

“Vaccination holds the key for doing the things we love,” he told Parliament. “We plan to make full vaccination a condition of entry to nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather. Proof of a negative test will no longer be sufficient.”

By September, Zahawi stated, every adult in the UK will have been given the opportunity to get fully vaccinated.

Zahawi had a different opinion on so-called ‘vaccine passports’ only a few months ago. Back in February he called such passes “discriminatory,” and told the BBC“That’s not how we do things. We do them by consent.”

In a BBC appearance shortly after Zahawi’s speech, Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the vaccination-only policy official, repeating the minister’s words verbatim.

“Proof of a negative test will no longer be enough”UK PM Boris Johnson says that after all over-18s have had the chance to get both Covid jabs, full vaccination will be required for entry into “nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather”https://t.co/EZJkjkCXF1pic.twitter.com/q0UpIP3Hmr— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) July 19, 2021

With the efficacy of vaccines against the more contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus being questioned in some countries, Zahawi also told lawmakers that the government is drawing up plans to administer vaccine booster shots. Trials for such shots are already underway, and before his resignation last month, then-Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that a nationwide programme of booster jabs will likely be rolled out in autumn.

For the moment, children will be exempt from vaccination unless they suffer from pre-existing conditions, Zahawi said on Monday.

“We will be offering even more vulnerable people the protection that a vaccine brings and we will all be safer as a result,” he said, after the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation released new guidance stating that only children with severe neurodisabilities, Down’s syndrome, immunosuppression, and profound and multiple learning disabilities will be given the jab.

#AceHealthDesk report ……Published: July.20: 2021:

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(LONDON) The Independent Expert Panel (IEP): Has today published their report which finds Mr Rob Roberts, MP for Delyn, breached Parliament’s Sexual Misconduct Policy #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.26: The Reporter made a complaint under the Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme of the House of Commons:

Independent Expert Panel recommends six week suspension for Mr Rob Roberts MP for breach of Parliament’s Sexual Misconduct Policy

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IEP REPORT

The Reporter alleged that there had been breaches of Parliament’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, namely that during the brief period he worked for Mr Rob Roberts MP, Mr Roberts made repeated and unwanted sexual advances towards the reporter, using his position as his employer to place him under pressure to accede. Mr Rob Roberts MP also made inappropriate comments of a sexual nature and was overly intrusive about his personal life.

The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards found that the Mr Roberts had acted in breach of Parliament’s sexual misconduct policy. Mr Roberts appealed the Commissioner’s decision and the case was referred to the Independent Expert Panel.

The Panel determined that Mr Rob Roberts MP should be suspended from the House for six weeks. This decision was upheld on appeal. The suspension can only be imposed following a motion in the House.

The process for a petition under the Recall of MPs Act 2015 is not triggered by a suspension imposed on the recommendation of the Panel. For a recall to be initiated, the sanction must be imposed on the recommendation of the Committee on Standards, or another Committee of the House of Commons concerned with standards of conduct.

Sir Stephen Irwin, Chair of the IEP has said: “The misconduct demonstrated here was significant. It is evident that Mr Roberts MP was in a very powerful position as an employer in relation to the Reporter. Our conclusion is that the determination of six weeks suspension from the service of the House was proper and proportionate.”

The full report is available here.

The Panel 

The members of the IEP are as follows: Mrs Lisa Ball, Monica Daley, Mrs Johanna Higgins, Sir Stephen Irwin (Chair), Professor Clare McGlynn, Miss Dale Simon, Sir Peter Thornton, Dr Matthew Vickers

Further details of the members can be found on the IEP webpages here.

Read the 23 June 2020 debate on the IEP in Hansard.

#AceNewsDesk report …..Published: May.26: 2021:

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(LONDON) Parliament Budget Statement Report: Chancellor Rishi Sunak Announced on Wednesday in the ‘House of Commons’ the following: #AceFinanceDesk report

#AceFinanceReport: Mar.05: Earlier on Wednesday l presented the Budget to the House of Commons: And I’m speaking to you now, directly, to explain what this Budget means for our economy and for you at home.

Full Budget 2021: ‘ What you need to know: Measures announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in the Budget on March 03:2021 in the House of Commons and what you need to know’

1. Covid-19

  • An extra £1.65 billion cash injection to ensure the Covid-19 vaccination roll-out in England continues to be a success.
  • £28 million to increase the UK’s capacity for vaccine testing, support for clinical trials and improve the UK’s ability to rapidly acquire samples of new variants of COVID-19.
  • £22 million for a world-leading study to test the effectiveness of combinations of different Covid-19 vaccines. This will also fund the world’s first study assessing the effectiveness of a third dose of vaccine to improve the response against current and future variants of COVID-19.
  • A further £5 million on top of a previous £9 million investment in clinical-scale mRNA manufacturing, to create a ‘library’ of vaccines that will work against Covid-19 variants for possible rapid response deployment.
  • Extending £500 Test and Trace support payments in England until the summer.

2. Protecting jobs and livelihoods

  • An extension of the Coronavirus Job Support Scheme to September 2021 across the UK.
  • An extension of the UK-wide Self Employment Income Support scheme to September 2021, with 600,000 more people who filed a tax return in 2019-20 now able to claim for the first time.
  • An extension to the temporary cut in Stamp Duty Land Tax in England and Northern Ireland until September will support the housing market and protect and create jobs.
  • A new mortgage guarantee scheme will enable all UK homebuyers secure a mortgage up to £600,000 with a 5% deposit.
  • £5 billion for new Restart Grants – a one off cash grant of up to £18,000 for hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses in England.
  • A new UK-wide Recovery Loan Scheme to make available loans between £25,001 and £10 million, and asset and invoice finance between £1,000 and £10 million, to help businesses of all sizes through the next stage of recovery.
  • Extension of the Film & TV Production Restart scheme in the UK, with an additional £300 million to support theatres, museums and other cultural organisations in England through the Culture Recovery Fund.
  • Six-month extension of the £20 per week Universal Credit uplift in Great Britain, with the Northern Ireland Executive receiving additional funding to match the increase. A one-off payment of £500 to eligible Working Tax Credit claimants across the UK.
  • Extension to the VAT cut to 5% for hospitality, accommodation and attractions across the UK until the end of September, followed by a 12.5% rate for a further six months until 31 March 2022.
  • 750,000 eligible businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors in England will benefit from business rates relief.
  • Extension of the apprenticeship hiring incentive in England to September 2021 and an increase of payment to £3,000.
  • £7 million for a new “flexi-job” apprenticeship programme in England, that will enable apprentices to work with a number of employers in one sector.
  • Additional £126 million for 40,000 more traineeships in England, funding high quality work placements and training for 16-24 year olds in 2021/22 academic year.
  • More than doubling the legal limit for single contactless payments, from £45 to £100
  • £10 million to support veterans with mental health needs across the UK.
  • £19 million to tackle domestic abuse in England and Wales, with funding for a network of ‘Respite Rooms’ to support homeless women and a programme to prevent reoffending.
  • £90 million funding to support our government-sponsored national museums in England due to the financial impact of Covid-19.
  • £300 million for major spectator sports, supporting clubs and governing bodies in England as fans begin to return to stadia.
  • Small and medium-sized employers in the UK will continue to be able to reclaim up to two weeks of eligible Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) costs per employee from the Government.
  • To further support the cashflow of businesses, the government is extending the loss carry back rules worth up to £760,000 per company.
  • £100 million for a new Taxpayer Protection Taskforce to crack-down on COVID fraudsters who have exploited UK Government support schemes.

3. Strengthening the public finances

  • Maintaining the income tax Personal Allowance and higher rate threshold from April 2022 until April 2026.
  • To balance the need to raise revenue with the objective of having an internationally competitive tax system, the rate of Corporation Tax will increase to 25%, which will remain the lowest rate in the G7. In order to support the recovery, the increase will not take effect until 2023. Businesses with profits of £50,000 or less, around 70% of actively trading companies, will continue to be taxed at 19% and a taper above £50,000 will be introduced so that only businesses with profits greater than £250,000 will be taxed at the full 25% rate.
  • Maintaining inheritance tax thresholds at their current levels until April 2026.
  • Fuel duty will be frozen for the 11th consecutive year.
  • Alcohol duties will be frozen across the board for the second year running saving drinkers £1.7 billion.
  • Capping the amount of SME payable R&D tax credit that a business can receive in any one year at £20,000 (plus three times the company’s total PAYE and NICs liability).
  • Maintaining the Lifetime Allowance at its current level of £1,073,100 until April 2026.
  • The adult ISA annual subscription limit for 2021-22 will remain unchanged at £20,000.

4. An investment-led recovery

  • Beginning April 2021, the new super-deduction will cut companies’ tax bill by 25p for every pound they invest in new equipment. This is worth around £25 billion to UK companies over the two-year period the super-deduction will be in full effect.
  • Eight new English Freeports will be based in East Midlands Airport, Felixstowe & Harwich, Humber, Liverpool City Region, Plymouth, Solent, Thames and Teesside.
  • The £375 million UK-wide ‘Future Fund: Breakthrough’ will invest in highly innovative companies such as those working in life sciences, quantum computing, or clean tech, that are aiming to raise at least £20 million of funding.
  • Reforms to the immigration system will help ambitious UK businesses attract the brightest and best international talent.
  • A new Help to Grow scheme to offer up to 130,000 companies across the UK a digital and management boost.
  • £2.8 million to support a UK and Ireland bid to host the 2030 World Cup and £25 million investment in UK grassroots sports, enough for around 700 new pitches.
  • Launching a review of Research & Development tax reliefs to make sure the UK remains a competitive location for cutting-edge research.
  • £20 million to fund a UK-wide competition to develop floating offshore wind demonstrators and help support the government’s aim to generate enough electricity from offshore wind to power every home by 2030.
  • £68 million to fund a UK-wide competition to deliver first-of-a-kind long-duration energy storage prototypes that will reduce the cost of net zero by storing excess low carbon energy over longer periods.
  • £4 million for a biomass feedstocks programme in the UK to identify ways to increase the production of green energy crops and forest products that can be used for energy.
  • Publication of the the government’s ‘Build Back Better: our plan for growth’.
  • Over £1 billion funding for a further 45 towns in England through the Towns Fund, supporting their long-term economic and social regeneration as well as their immediate recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.
  • £135 million to progress A66 Trans-Pennine upgrade.
  • £28 million to fund the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in 2022, delivering a major celebration for the UK.
  • Plans for at least £15 billion of green gilt issuance in the coming financial year, to help finance critical projects to tackle climate change and other environmental challenges, fund important infrastructure investment, and create green jobs across the UK.
  • £150 million Community Ownership Fund will allow communities across the UK to invest to protect the assets that matter most to them such as pubs, theatres, shops, or local sports clubs.
  • £18.8 million to transform local cultural projects in Hartlepool, Carlisle, Wakefield and Yeovil.
  • Publication of the prospectus for the £4.8 billion UK-wide Levelling Up Fund, providing guidance for local areas on how to submit bids for the first round of funding starting in 21-22.

5. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

  • Individuals and businesses in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland continue to be supported by the UK Government through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, self-employment grants, loan schemes and VAT cuts. Devolved administrations have received Barnett funding to provide support in areas of devolved responsibility.
  • The Budget confirms an additional £2.4 billion for the devolved administrations for 2021-22 through the Barnett formula. This is an additional £1.2 billion for the Scottish Government, £740 million for the Welsh Government, £410 million for the Northern Ireland Executive.
  • The devolved administrations will also receive £1.4 billion of funding in 2021-22 outside the Barnett formula.
  • £27 million in the Aberdeen Energy Transition Zone and £5 million in the Global Underwater Hub in Scotland, the first stage in delivering the North Sea Transition Deal.
  • Three Growth Deals in Scotland – Ayrshire, Argyll & Bute, and Falkirk – will receive funding more quickly.
  • £4.8 million to support the development of a demonstration hydrogen hub in Holyhead, Anglesey.
  • Up to £30 million for the Global Centre for Rail Excellence in Wales.
  • Three City and Growth Deals – in North-Wales, Mid-Wales and Swansea Bay – will receive funding more quickly.
  • Northern Ireland will benefit from the Corporation Tax exemption for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Northern Ireland’s biggest landlord.
  • Almost half of the £400 million New Deal for Northern Ireland funding has been allocated, subject to business cases, to: new systems for supermarkets and small traders to manage new trading arrangements; building greater resilience in medicine supply chains; promoting Northern Ireland’s goods and services overseas; and supporting skills development.
  • £5 million to extend the Tackling Paramilitary Programme in 2021-22.

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JERUSALEM: ‘ NETANYAHU CALLS FOR SNAP ELECTION AFTER FRACTIOUS ARGUMENTS WITH RIGHT WING COALITION ‘

#AceWorldNews – JERUSALEM – Dec.03 – Israel will hold a snap election on March 17, AFP reported, citing the parliament’s spokesman as saying on Wednesday.

The decision was made after consultations between different parties, Eran Sidis said.

The procedure to adopt a law to dissolve parliament would begin on Wednesday. Israel National news reported. 

Following a crisis within fractious, mostly right-wing coalition government, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for early elections on Tuesday.

He had also fired two ministers, accusing them of “acting against the government from within” and hatching a plot to overthrow him.

#ANS2014 

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UKRAINE: ‘ PARLIAMENT ELECTS PM VLADIMIR GROYSMAN AS POST SPEAKER ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – Nov.28 – The Ukrainian parliament on Thursday elected former Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Groysman to the post of speaker.

He is the first to stand in for the president if the head of state is unable to fulfil his duties, Reuters said.

Five parties formed a coalition in the new parliament, and with 302 deputies, it will form a constitutional majority, according to Groysman.

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UKRAINE: ‘ FIVE PARTIES SIGN DRAFT AGREEMENT ON COALITION ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – Nov.21 – Five Ukrainian parties have signed a draft agreement on a coalition in the country’s parliament, RIA Novosti reports.

The parties in the coalition include the Petro Poroshenko Bloc, the People’s Front party, Samopomich (Self-Help) party, Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party and the Radical Party.

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