Government activity from 2 February to 8 February 2019

On Saturday 2nd February, Chris Skidmore published new guidance for students and universities which sets out the legal rights and obligations to help protect lawful free speech on campuses.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2019/02/02/university-speakers-should-not-banned-just-offend-shock-disturb/

On Sunday 3rd, David Gauke announced that victims of crime are to be given new powers to challenge Parole Board decisions to release dangerous offenders, holding the body to account and restoring public confidence in the parole system.
https://www.itv.com/news/2019-02-03/victims-get-new-power-to-challenge-violent-criminal-release-after-worboys-probe/

On Monday 4th, Damian Hinds and Matt Hancock announced one of the largest mental health trials in the world, to find out what we can do differently to improve young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/child-mental-health-trials-in-370-schools-nggcxcw3w

Also on Monday, Jeremy Hunt officially recognised Juan Guaido as interim President of Venezuela.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8349206/venezuela-juan-guaido-real-president-maduro-crackdown-uk/

Also on Monday, Mel Stride announced that HMRC has written to 145,000 businesses setting out how the government will simplify import procedures and keep trade flowing in the event of a no deal Brexit.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47121225  

On Tuesday 5th, the Prime Minister outlined our commitments to the people of Northern Ireland and our plan to secure a Brexit deal that delivers on the result of the referendum.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-47118649

Also on Tuesday, Jackie Doyle-Price set out why social media companies need to act protect their users from being exposed to content that normalises self-harm and suicide.
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/social-media-giants-put-profits-before-child-safety-says-margot-james-x0b8w3gxf

Also on Tuesday, James Brokenshire announced that councils in England are to benefit from increased funding for core services including additional support for the most vulnerable in society.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-47125587

On Wednesday 6th, the Prime Minister met the five main Northern Irish parties to reaffirm our commitment to delivering a Brexit that ensures there is no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-47063078

Also on Wednesday, Sajid Javid and James Brokenshire set out draft measures aimed at making it easier for police officers and local authorities to intervene and remove travellers from land they should not be on.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8370697/travellers-jailed-illegal-camps-new-plans-sajid-javid/

Also on Wednesday, Matt Hancock set out the Government’s commitment to embedding a culture of openness, transparency and learning at all levels of the NHS.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/02/06/ministers-pledge-clamp-incompetent-nhs-chiefs/

On Thursday 7th, the Prime Minister travelled to Brussels to meet with EU Leaders to find a way to guarantee we cannot, and will not, be trapped in the backstop.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-6678241/Further-Brexit-talks-planned-following-robust-meeting-May-Juncker.html

Also on Thursday, Damian Hinds set out his ambition for all children to have access to a wide range of activities to help them build the character and resilience they need to succeed.
https://inews.co.uk/news/education/pupils-offered-sport-volunteering-work-character/

Also on Thursday, Matt Hancock called on social media companies to do more to curb their impact on teenagers' mental health, as Instagram announced it is banning graphic images of self-harm.
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/feb/07/instagram-bans-graphic-self-harm-images-after-molly-russells-death

Also on Thursday, Lucy Frazer announced a new strategy to help people resolve legal problems at the earliest opportunity and avoid the need for unnecessary court proceedings.
https://www.ft.com/content/6b5bcc22-2ac1-11e9-88a4-c32129756dd8

Also on Thursday, the UK’s Chief Medical Officers published social media and screen time advice to encourage a balance between technology and other important activities, supporting healthy child development.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/screen-social-media-smartphones-sleep-mental-health-suicide-a8766591.html

Also on Thursday, Penny Mordaunt launched a fund to help isolated and marginalised women return to work, helping them to grow their skills and confidence.

On Friday 8th, Sajid Javid appointed Professor Dame Carol Black to lead a major review that will look into the ways in which drugs are fuelling serious violence.
https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/government-review-into-link-between-drugs-violent-crime_uk_5c5c3a0de4b08710475b6bf7

Also on Friday, Heather Wheeler announced further support for vulnerable rough sleepers as part of the £100 million plan to end rough sleeping by 2027.
https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/pret-a-manger-homeless-house-job-west-london-mission-a8769011.html