Government Activity from 10 February to 15th February 2019

On Sunday 10th February, Mel Stride announced that new surcharge levied on non-UK resident home buyers is being considered as part of the government’s effort to help control the rise of house prices.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1085186/house-prices-stamp-duty-increase-non-UK-buyers-affordable-homes

Also on Sunday, Amber Rudd announced that directors who recklessly put workers’ pensions at risk will face up to seven years in prison or unlimited fines.
https://www.itv.com/news/2019-02-10/bosses-reckless-with-pension-schemes-could-be-jailed-warns-amber-rudd/

Also on Sunday, Victoria Atkins set out plans to provide further protections for shop workers from violence and abuse.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/union-calls-law-protect-shop-13977603

 

On Monday 11th, the Prime Minister met the Prime Minister of Malta, Joseph Muscat, for bilateral talks at Downing Street.
https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20190211/local/muscat-discusses-brexit-with-theresa-may-in-london.701767

Also on Monday, Gavin Williamson outlined his vision for the global role of the UK’s Armed Forces and defence industry after leaving the European Union and beyond.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-47192232

Also on Monday, Amber Rudd announced that 10 million people have been auto-enrolled into a workplace pension since the scheme was introduced in 2012.

https://www.ftadviser.com/pensions/2019/02/11/auto-enrolment-reaches-10-million-people/

Also on Monday, Liam Fox signed a trade continuity agreement that will see British businesses and consumers benefiting from continued trade with Switzerland after we leave the European Union.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-47196636

Also on Monday, Sajid Javid chaired a meeting of the Serious Violence Taskforce and announced new initiatives to help tackle youth knife crime.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/collective-action-will-help-stem-the-rise-in-serious-violence-on-our-streets-vv0cxflpn

Also on Monday, Nick Gibb called on teachers, parents and wider society to challenge and dispel misconceptions some girls have about taking science, technology and mathematics subjects.

https://www.tes.com/news/gibb-calls-teachers-change-girls-views-stem

 

On Tuesday 12th, the Prime Minister made a statement to Parliament where she urged MPs to hold their nerve at this crucial stage of the Brexit negotiations in order to get a deal through Parliament before 29 March.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-6695441/Prime-Minister-calls-MPs-hold-nerve-Brexit.html

Also on Tuesday, Jeremy Wright responded to the publication of the Cairncross review on how to ensure the future sustainability of the UK press.

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/feb/12/digital-ad-market-competition-facebook-google

Also on Tuesday, Caroline Dinenage launched a national adult social care staff recruitment campaign to increase interest in adult social care as a vocation.

https://www.itv.com/news/2019-02-12/government-launches-recruitment-drive-for-adult-social-care/

Also on Tuesday, Lucy Frazer announced that the Voyeurism Bill has received Royal Assent and ‘upskirting’ is now a specific crime and perpetrators face two years in prison and being placed on the sex offenders register.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-47218631

Also on Tuesday, Nusrat Ghani set out proposals to improve to licensing guidelines for taxis and minicabs to help keep passengers safe. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47205790

Also on Tuesday, James Brokenshire announced that tenants will be protected from unfair letting fees and will see their tenancy deposits capped at 5 weeks’ rent.  
https://www.lettingagenttoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2019/2/tenants-fees-bill-is-now-law--and-the-government-is-boasting-about-it

Also on Tuesday, Sajid Javid and Ben Wallace announced that the police will receive new powers to investigate hostile state activity as new the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act has become law.
http://www.cityam.com/273143/law-helping-businesses-receive-insurance-payouts-after

Also on Tuesday, Penny Mordaunt announced that the UK is providing an emergency aid package to Venezuela.

https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2019/02/12/britain-to-provide-a-6-5m-in-emergency-aid-for-venezuela/

 

On Wednesday 13th, Caroline Dinenage launched a consultation on requiring health and care staff to take learning disability or autism training to help make sure that everyone receives the care they need.

https://www.homecareinsight.co.uk/social-care-staff-to-receive-mandatory-austism-and-disability-training/
Also on Wednesday, James Brokenshire set out the work of the Government’s Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission.

https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/roger-scruton-names-building-better-building-beautiful-commissioners/10039951.article
On Wednesday, the Chancellor welcomed the news that inflation is at its lowest level in two years.
https://news.sky.com/story/price-cap-cools-inflation-to-lowest-level-since-january-2017-11636069

Also on Wednesday, Mel Stride announced that 32 million people will pay less income tax than in 2015-16, after the Government’s Finance Bill 2018-19 received Royal Assent.
https://www.insurancetimes.co.uk/news/royal-assent-of-terrorism-bill-marks-turning-point-for-industry/1429515.article

Also on Wednesday, Matt Hancock announced that the NHS should stop relying on pen and paper and should use modern, secure forms of communication instead.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6692061/NHS-tech-advanced-Tesco-s-warns-Hancock.html

Also on Wednesday, Kit Malthouse set out a £9 million cash injection to speed up the locally-led building of 200,000 homes in new garden towns and villages across the country.

 

On Thursday 14th, James Brokenshire announced that the Government has struck £250 million of housing deals, which will deliver 24,500 homes across the country, with 10,000 homes to be be built on Ministry of Defence land.

https://www.localgov.co.uk/Brokenshire-announces-250m-of-housing-deals/46876

Also on Thursday, Andrew Jones announced that the Government is working to improve the railways for football fans and all other travellers on match days.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2019/02/14/new-flexible-train-ticket-scheme-nearing-arrival-ensure-football/

 

On Friday 15th, Chris Grayling announced £80 million of funding to build a new sea wall in Dawlish as part of £2 billion investment in southwest.
https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/great-western-railway-dawlish-sea-wall-repairs-network-rail-department-transport-a8780256.html

Also on Friday, Rory Stewart announced that significant progress had been made at some of the country’s toughest jails and that teams of experienced officers will support new recruits, ensuring that prisons are as safe as they can be.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/feb/15/prisons-playing-catch-up-to-psychoactive-drug-use-says-minister