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.

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.


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


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


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.


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.


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


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