Government Activity from 27 January to 1 February 2019

On Sunday 27th January, Matt Hancock wrote to social media firms urging them to remove harmful content.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/26/matt-hancock-tells-social-media-giants-remove-suicide-self-harm/

 

On Monday 28th, Damian Hinds published a new Recruitment and Retention strategy to boost teacher numbers and make sure that teaching remains an attractive and rewarding profession.

https://schoolsweek.co.uk/recruitment-and-retention-strategy-pledges-130m-for-new-teacher-induction/

 

Also on Monday, Amber Rudd opened a new Openreach learning centre in Peterborough, which will train more than 3,000 full-fibre broadband engineers this year.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/openreach-to-recruit-3000-apprentices-across-uk-over-next-year-in-push-for-fullfibre-broadband-a4050351.html

 

On Tuesday 29th, the Prime Minister made a statement to Parliament, in which she committed to seeking legally binding changes to the Withdrawal Agreement to deliver on the result of the Brexit referendum.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-47050665

 

Also on Tuesday, Heather Wheeler published tightened rules for electrical inspections in private rented accommodation.

https://www.mortgagesolutions.co.uk/news/2019/01/29/government-unveils-strict-landlord-rules-for-electrical-safety/

 

Also on Tuesday, Kelly Tolhurst announced that 15 projects from around the UK have won a share of the £2 million Business Basics Fund to support small businesses and boost their productivity.

https://www.thinkdigitalpartners.com/news/2019/01/29/2m-scheme-help-deliver-greater-tech-awareness-uk-smes-launches/

 

On Wednesday 30th, James Brokenshire announced a £500 million fund to build affordable homes across the country, helping more people to get a foot on the housing ladder.

https://www.insidermedia.com/insider/national/500-million-affordable-homes-funding-boost-unveiled

 

Also on Wednesday, Jeremy Hunt launched an independent review of Persecution of Christians across the globe.

https://www.anglicannews.org/news/2019/01/bishop-of-truro-heads-government-review-into-the-persecution-of-christians-around-the-world.aspx

 

Also on Wednesday, Philip Hammond gave a speech at TheCityUK’s annual dinner.

 

On Thursday 31st, Sajid Javid announced new police powers to prevent criminals from carrying knives, making our streets and communities safer.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jan/31/sajid-javid-introduces-knife-prevention-orders

 

Also on Thursday, the Prime Minister and Matt Hancock announced a new five- year GP contract, which increases investment and certainty around funding and looks to reduce pressure and stabilise general practice.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6650791/NHS-launches-revolutionary-plan-cut-GP-waiting-times.html

 

Also on Thursday, Jeremy Wright set out how new digital technologies including artificial intelligence could be used to tackle global challenges.

https://www.computerweekly.com/news/252456785/Government-launches-data-trust-programme

 

Also on Thursday, David Mundell announced £100 million investment to drive growth across Ayrshire.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-47076738

 

Also on Thursday, Chris Skidmore outlined his priorities as Universities Minister and his vision for the future of the higher education sector.

 

Also on Thursday, Michael Gove kicked off a Year of Green Action, calling on people across the country to join together to improve the natural world.

https://www.expressandstar.com/news/uk-news/2019/01/31/10m-for-projects-to-make-schools-greener-and-connect-children-with-nature/

 

On Friday 1st February, David Lidington and Chris Skidmore announced measures to hold universities to account over ethnic disparity.

https://www.itv.com/news/2019-02-01/new-measures-to-tackle-university-disparity-announced/

 

Also on Friday, Michael Ellis announced plans to widen the definition of treasure so more archaeological finds can be protected for the nation.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/more-ancient-artefacts-to-be-called-treasure-svhg33lc0