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Brexit readiness report published

The Government has published the Brexit readiness report detailing the UK’s preparedness ahead of Brexit on 31 October.

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Post-Brexit support announced

If the UK leaves the EU without a Brexit deal, a £4.3 billion funding guarantee will be provided to organisations that are in receipt of EU funding from programmes such as the European Regional Development Fund and Horizon 2020. The funding was confirmed by the Chancellor, who also announced that the National Living Wage would increase to £10.50 within the next five years and further funding would be devolved to local authorities in England.

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Calderdale: Gambling Support Service

Calderdale Citizens Advice is providing free training about gambling-related harm across Yorkshire, The Humber and North Lincolnshire to frontline workers who work within a range of services including alcohol/substance misuse, mental health, housing, finance/welfare, safeguarding, social work, social care, social prescribing, adult and children services.

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ICO publishes Brexit guidance for small firms

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published new guidance to help smaller businesses prepare for a no-deal Brexit. The guidance sets out the steps small organisations should take in order to maintain data flows between the UK and the EU in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The ICO has also urged UK businesses to prepare for all potential Brexit scenarios and develop contingency plans to ensure data flows can continue after the UK leaves the EU.

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Funding to regenerate historic high streets

The UK Government has announced plans to invest £95 million to regenerate 69 historic high streets across England. The funding will support projects that transform disused historic buildings into shops, houses and community centres, as well as fund repairs to heritage shopfronts. The funding will also support traditional high street businesses to adapt to changing consumer habits and compete with online outlets.

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Brexit-readiness events for business

The Department for Business has launched a nationwide programme of government-backed events to help businesses prepare for Brexit. The free events will provide advice on a range of Brexit-related topics, including exporting, importing and employing EU citizens. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from senior government officials and access support tailored to their location and business. More than 30 Brexit-readiness events will take place across the UK over the next five weeks.

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New funding to support regeneration of 100 English towns

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has announced a £3.6 billion Towns Fund to help towns in England develop regeneration plans. The 100 towns which are eligible for support include those with an industrial and economic history that have not benefited from strong economic growth. The government is expected to publish guidance about how to apply for the funding and the eligibility criteria later this year.

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Increase in number of self-employed

In Q2 2019 there were 4.97 million self-employed people in the UK, according to the latest figures published by the Office for National Statistics. The figures reveal that the number of self-employed increased by 0.3% in Q2 of 2019 when compared to Q1 2019. This has been attributed to a 51,000 increase in the number of self-employed women.

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Charities can apply for free cybersecurity assessments

Charities are being offered free cybersecurity assessments amid concerns that half of all small organisations are falling victim to cybercrime every year.

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‘Trustees should discuss potential mergers every year’

Trustees should hold yearly discussions on whether merging with another organisation would benefit their beneficiaries, the chair of a recently merged charity has said. Read the full article