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New Natural History GCSE will ‘engage and inspire’ young people, says BASC

BASC has said a new Natural History GCSE will help support the decision makers of the future steer the natural world for years to come. The new GCSE – which is set to launch in September 2025 – has the potential to engage thousands of schoolchildren each year by tackling topics such as conservation, sustainability, species interactions, climate change and… Read more »

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Review of dog microchipping regulations underway

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) will be pushing for “meaningful improvements” within a Defra-published public consultation on a series of proposals to the dog microchipping regulations. The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations were introduced in 2015 to increase re-unification rates of lost and stolen dogs, benefiting dog welfare and saving local authorities… Read more »

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End to Universal Credit uplift sparks widespread criticism

The £20 a week uplift in Universal Credit introduced in April 2020 will end today. The top-up was intended as a temporary measure to help people on low incomes during the pandemic, but many have urged the government not to scrap it. The exact date the money will stop being paid will vary depending on… Read more »

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Furlough scheme supporting 1.6 million jobs to end today

The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is set to end today. The scheme, which supported the wages of one-third of workers at its height, is estimated to have cost around £70 billion. A wave of redundancies and a corresponding increase in unemployment is now likely. However recent ONS data has shown some sectors in recovery,… Read more »