Business

Brexit ferry contracts could cost government millions more

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Brittany Ferries is one of two suppliers which has a contract to provide extra ferry services The government will be forced to spend tens of millions of additional pounds to keep its no-deal ferry contracts in place if Brexit is delayed. In December the Department for Transport contracted three suppliers to provide additional freight capacity on ferries for lorries.That was in case a
Business

Huawei sues US government over product ban

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHuawei vs. AmericaHuawei has filed a lawsuit against the US government over a ban that restricts government agencies from using its products.In a statement, the firm said the US Congress has "failed to produce any evidence to support its restrictions".The US has placed bans on government agencies using Huawei products over concerns they pose a risk to national security.It has also
Science/Nature

Climate change: Government deal to boost offshore wind

[ad_1] Image copyright PA A deal confirmed between the UK government and the wind industry will ensure 30% of electricity comes from offshore wind by 2030.The move will help the UK towards an aim of securing almost all its power from low-carbon sources by 2030.It is the latest in a series of agreements with sectors of the economy that are likely to create jobs.But environmentalists are wondering where the other
Technology

Verify: Investigation slams government ID scheme

[ad_1] Image copyright Creative Commons/Annelieke B Image caption The government will stop funding Verify next year The National Audit Office (NAO) has slammed the government's flagship identity verification scheme.A damning report says Gov.UK Verify has fallen well short of its target of 25 million users by 2020, managing only 3.6 million so far.The government has had to lower its estimates for Verify's financial benefits by 75%.It says challenges like these
Education

Government faces High Court action over children’s rights

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The guidance also covers support for runaways A children's charity is taking High Court action against the government over its claims that some protections of children in care are "myths".The Article 39 charity is seeking a judicial review of Department for Education guidance to local councils responsible for vulnerable children.The "myth-busting guide" suggests some duties around social worker visits, protections for missing children
Business

Government sued over no-deal ferry contracts

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP The government is being sued for its decision to charter firms to run extra ferries, including one with no ships, in the event of a no-deal Brexit.Channel Tunnel operator Eurotunnel, said the contracts, revealed after Christmas, were decided in a "secretive and flawed procurement process".The move comes days after Seaborne, one of the firms chosen, had its contract axed after its funding fell through.The government said
US & World

Trump offers ‘compromise’ to end government shutdown

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTrump’s wall and the death of compromiseUS President Donald Trump has set out new plans on his Mexican wall project to try to end a partial government shutdown lasting more than four weeks.One of his "compromises" was on so-called Dreamers - who entered the US illegally when young. He still wants $5.7bn (£4.5bn) to fund the wall.Democrats have refused to fund
UK News

Government to fund 2,900 school exchanges for poorer pupils

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Secondary schools in England will be able to apply for money to take poorer pupils overseas on school exchangesThe £2.5 million government scheme will enable pupils aged 11 and over "to experience other cultures and go to places they wouldn't normally visit".Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: "As Britain leaves the EU, it's more important than ever to show how much we value international opportunities."It is
US & World

US government shutdown: Trump to make border wall speech

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images US President Donald Trump is set to argue that an immigration "crisis" requires his long-promised wall along the Mexican border. Mr Trump will make his case in his first speech from the Oval Office at 21:00EST (0200 GMT Wednesday), ahead of a trip to the border on Thursday. A partial government shutdown has been in effect for 17 days after lawmakers failed to break a