Government activity from 31 March to 1 April 2019

On Sunday 31st March, Sajid Javid announced a pilot to give police greater powers to use stop and search in knife crime hot spot areas.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/police-forces-in-areas-worstaffected-by-knife-crime-given-greater-stop-and-search-powers-a4105286.html

Also on Sunday, Chris Grayling announced that councils in England will receive a share of more than £200 million for pothole repairs – enough to resurface a road between London and Budapest.

https://www.itv.com/news/2019-03-31/201m-fund-for-road-maintenance-and-pothole-repairs/

 

Also on Sunday, Tobias Ellwood announced that new arrangements for Armed Forces Flexible Working came into effect.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8762004/soldiers-part-time-working-hours-armed-forces/

 

Also on Sunday, Mims Davies announced that the maximum stakes reduction from £100 to £2 for Fixed Odds Betting Terminals came into force.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/apr/01/bookmakers-bet-on-roulette-style-games-to-bypass-new-fobt-rules

 

Also on Sunday, Claire Perry welcomed changes to law requiring landlords to pay up to £3,500 on upgrading properties to an energy efficiency rating of band E before seeking new tenancies.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/money/8746744/renters-energy-bills-could-shrink-by-180-a-year-due-to-new-home-efficiency-laws/

 

On Monday 1st April, The Prime Minister chaired a summit at No 10 to hear from key stakeholders on a public health approach to tackling serious violence – ensuring public bodies raise concerns about children at risk of becoming involved. Sajid Javid also launched a consultation to require public bodies to adopt a public health approach to tackling serious violence.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6870871/Theresa-reveals-public-health-approach-tackle-violence-thug-stabs-four-random-people.html

 

Also on Monday, Kelly Tolhurst welcomed the biggest ever increase to the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage, benefitting over two million people.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/apr/01/pay-rise-nearly-two-million-national-living-wage-legal

 

Also on Monday, Mel Stride welcomed the Government’s major Making Tax Digital programme, which became law for over one million VAT-registered businesses.

https://www.thebusinessdesk.com/westmidlands/news/2028014-mak