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Government launches new virtual cyber school for young people

Skills that will be offered include learning how to crack codes, fix security flaws and dissect criminals’ digital trails, setting teenagers and young people up perfectly for a job in cyber security. The school provides free weekly webinars from industry experts, covering the fundamentals of the industry including digital forensics, cryptography and operating systems.

Digital Infrastructure Minister Matt Warman said:

“This new initiative will give teenagers something fun and educational to do from home and provide them with a glimpse into the life of a cyber security professional. We have a world-leading cyber sector which plays a crucial role protecting the country and our digital economy, so it is absolutely vital we continue to inspire the next generation of tech talent to help maintain the UK’s strong position.”

It comes as the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) launches its hugely popular CyberFirst summer courses, offered to more than a thousand 14 to 17-year-olds.

 

June 2 2020 - Click for the Full bulletin

RSN and Institute of Economic Development work together to support rural 

Public health directors urge delay to lockdown easing amid test and trace confusion

City-dwellers considering a move to the countryside due to the pandemic

Issues raised at the 29th May meeting of the Rural Impacts Stakeholder Forum (RISF)

The Prince’s Countryside Fund awards emergency grants to rural communities

Local communities could run rural railway lines

Rural Housing Alliance write to the Secretary of State for Housing to offer support

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Tough new rules to lock down whole towns to rapidly isolate new COVID-19 sufferers

UK Shared Prosperity Fund must replace lost EU rural funding

Defra food vulnerability update

Rural Related Politics - An RSN weekly review

May 27 2020 - Click for the Full bulletin

RSN asks for Government for local approach to track and trace

Issues raised at the latest meeting of the Rural Impacts Stakeholder Forum (RISF)

The Plunkett Foundation write to Local Authority Leaders

Study suggests increase in employment in rural areas despite lockdown

Defra grant to food charities update

Coronavirus Community Support Fund

COVID-19: Extra bank holiday for October being considered

£3.8 million rural economy innovation centre set to launch

Plastic bottle recycling pilot highlights solution to meet UK’s recycling challenges

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Northern Pennines Moorland Group distribute PPE to local NHS trusts

Loneliness fund launched

COVID-19 Rural Communities Pulling together

Rural Related Politics - An RSN weekly review

May 19 2020 - Click for the Full bulletin

 

Covid-19 rural lockdown exit strategy update from the RSN

 

Coastal towns feel fear over lockdown easing

 

New centre to help unlock potential of the UK’s rural economies

 

Rural Charity to provide Hardship Support Fund

 

Loneliness Fund Launched

 

Food vulnerability update from Defra

 

Slash tourism VAT to kick-start rural economy, says rural business group

 

COVID-19 Rural Communities Pulling together

 

£5bn needed to stop local cuts say county councils

 

Virus persisting at higher rate in north of England

 

Drivers urged to take extra care when driving in the countryside

 

Rural Related Politics - An RSN weekly review

 

May 12 2020 - Click for the Full bulletin

Rural areas concern over ‘Stay alert’ advice’

Self Employment Income Support Scheme

‘Unprecedented’ number of countryside visitors during lockdown

COVID-19 Rural Communities Pulling together

Homebuyers 'plotting move to country' amid increased home working

Fears children ‘being left behind’ due to lockdown digital divide

One in 10 rural English and Welsh properties don't have superfast broadband option

Rural areas have a higher job loss risk due to Covid-19

Cities could be treated differently to rural areas when lockdown restrictions are lifted

The FCN supporting the farming community through difficult times

RSN statement on fair funding delay

RSN to host first online seminar

RSN champions pandemic related rural issues with Government

Rural Related Politics - An RSN weekly review

Evidence session on the impact of the ‘digital divide’ during the Covid-19 crisis

 

 

April 28 2020  - Click for the Full bulletin

 

RSN responds to government’s consultation on ‘First Homes’

 

Rural organisations call for lockdown travel guidelines to be reviewed

 

RSN contact Government on exit strategy implications for rural communities

 

Important information for vulnerable utility customers

 

COVID-19 death rates 'could be 80% higher in rural communities'

 

Water companies step up action to help customers in need

 

Rural Mobile Coverage – The Shared Rural Network
 

 

COVID-19 Rural Communities Pulling together

 

Despite a strong community spirit, COVID-19 exposing real challenges in our rural areas

 

Slow rural internet speeds 'adding hours to working day' during lockdown

 

Network urges rethink of Coronavirus policing guidelines

 

Rural Related Politics - An RSN weekly review

April 15 2020

COVID-19 RURAL NEWS & ADVICE

 

Read all the latest Coronavirus news & advice related to rural areas below:

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FOOD DELIVERIES FROM VOLUNTEERS PROVIDE LIFELINE

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RURAL COUNTIES SEE A SPIKE IN COVID-19 CASES AMID FURY OVER 'CORONAVIRUS HOLIDAYS'

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CAMPAIGNERS CALL ON GOVERNMENT TO ENSURE FREE ACCESS TO CASH DURING THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

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THE NATIONAL RURAL CRIME NETWORK - CORONAVIRUS & RURAL COMMUNITIES

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MINISTERS URGED TO STEP UP HELP TO STOP PEOPLE CHOOSING BETWEEN ‘HEATING AND EATING’ AMID CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

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FARMERS REPORT SURGE IN FLY-TIPPING INCIDENTS AS LOCKDOWN SEES DUMPS CLOSED

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We asked for examples of our rural communities pulling together and have been inundated with responses so far! We are going to feature 10 each week, as we receive them and have some fabulous examples this week. We have...

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PUB IS THE HUB OFFERING ADVICE TO LICENSEES ACROSS THE COUNTRY

The Pub is The Hub have announced that despite being home bound their advisors are still as busy as ever offering advice to licensees across the country Many of these licensees are either continuing with projects or developing new...

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR VULNERABLE UTILITY CUSTOMERS

Utility Companies providing Gas, Electricity and Water all keep Priority Services Registers, this is a free service provided by suppliers and network operators and each maintain their own register.  These registers are lists of their most vulnerable customers, so...

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