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In the news this week
Next generation of heat networks to power UK’s green revolution
Homes and businesses will be made greener with low-carbon energy at the heart of the latest round of funding for heat network projects in England.
◆ Latest round of heat network funding in England will only support low-carbon technologies, such as heat pumps
◆ £270 million Green Heat Network Fund will help make towns and cities greener, building on the 480,000 consumers already benefiting from this technology
◆ new heat networks will play a key role in cutting carbon emissions from heating buildings, which accounts for 21% of UK total
Additional £5.4 billion for NHS COVID-19 response over next 6 months
The NHS will receive an extra £5.4 billion over the next 6 months to support its response to COVID-19 and help tackle waiting lists.
◆ £1 billion to help tackle the COVID-19 backlog
◆ £2.8 billion to cover related costs such as enhanced infection control measures
◆ £478 million to continue the hospital discharge programme, freeing up beds.
Next phase of government project to map the UK’s underground pipes and cables launched
The National Underground Asset Register (NUAR) is a new digital map which will revolutionise construction and development across the country. Over four million holes are dug in the UK each year, many in the wrong place. The economic cost of accidental utility damage is around £2.4 billion a year. Unforeseen ground conditions are a major obstacle to all construction and housing projects, especially on previously developed land. The new digital map of underground pipes and cables will help improve efficiencies in construction and development, reduce disruption and improve workers’ safety.
Milton Keynes and Sheffield awarded £1.4 million to deliver more homes
Milton Keynes and Sheffield have been awarded funding of £1.4 million to develop proposals to unlock a significant number of homes and jobs through the New Development Corporation Competition (NDCC).
Milton Keynes will receive £665,000 to help explore how a locally – led development corporation can support the delivery of up to 60,000 homes by 2050 and create economic opportunities to support 50,000 to 90,000 jobs over the next 30 years.
Meanwhile, Sheffield will receive £763,000 to explore an innovative delivery mechanism to enhance economic opportunities in the region whilst delivering 8,000 homes and creating up to 4,000 jobs by 2040.
Street lamps and bus shelters to help boost 5G roll out in £4 million trial
The Digital Connectivity Infrastructure Accelerator (DCIA) project is a £4 million competition exploring ways to make it simpler and quicker for mobile companies to use publicly-owned buildings and curbside infrastructure – such as CCTV poles and traffic signals – to host 5G radio equipment.
£9 million fund for local authorities to tackle air pollution
Local projects to improve air quality across England will get a £7 million funding boost this year, as applications open for this year’s scheme. The government’s Air Quality Grant helps councils develop and implement measures to benefit schools, businesses and communities and reduce the impact of polluted air on people’s health.
East Suffolk towns and villages benefit from £6m in project grants
School expansions, a GP surgery revamp and rubbish tip improvements are among key infrastructure upgrades to benefit from more than £6million in grants.
The money – to be spent in east Suffolk towns and villages – comes from contributions made by housing developers building new homes.
£60 million for five schools: Job done or just the tip of the iceberg for Highland Council?
The council is promising to deliver new builds at Beauly Primary, Dunvegan Primary, Park Primary and St Clement’s Schools, and a £19 million expansion at Culloden Academy in the next three years.
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