Government activity from 9 to 13 December

Government activity last week

On Sunday 9th, Matt Hancock banned the NHS from buying fax machines from January and ordered a complete phase-out by April 2020.

On Monday 10th, Michael Gove announced a strengthening of the law and new money to ensure the UK’s fishing industry prospers as we become an independent coastal state.

Also on Monday, Kelly Tolhurst announced a package of new measures to tackle international money laundering, increasing transparency and tackling corruption.

Also on Monday, Damian Hinds vowed to support teachers and social workers to improve vulnerable children’s wellbeing, behaviour and school attendance.

Also on Monday, Amber Rudd launched a £40 million personalised support package for long-term unemployed disabled people, allowing people to work with a dedicated key worker to get into and stay in employment.

Also on Monday, Sajid Javid launched the bidding process for the £200 million Youth Endowment Fund, helping to tackle serious violence and save lives.

On Tuesday 11th, Alok Sharma welcomed the best job figures on record which showed the unemployment rate at a 40 year low and that wages are up for the ninth month in a row – its fastest growth in almost a decade.

Also on Tuesday, Claire Perry announced that hundreds of thousands of people in sub-Saharan Africa will get access to electricity for the first time thanks to an extra £100 million of funding from the UK.

On Wednesday 12th, Ben Wallace welcomed a new report which heralded new legislation, powers and tools to tackle corruption in the UK, which comes just days after an international watchdog gave the UK top marks for its response to dirty money.

On Thursday 13th, the Prime Minister travelled to the EU Council meeting in Brussels to address concerns about the backstop and to seek the legal and political assurances that Parliament needs.

Also on Thursday, Sajid Javid announced the police funding settlement for next year, ensuring that the police have the powers and resources needed to keep our families, communities and country safe.

Also on Thursday, James Brokenshire announced our provisional settlement for local government for 2019-20, as we recognise the role councils play in their communities to deliver high quality services.

Also on Thursday, Penny Mordaunt launched an interim fund worth £250,000 to help cover disability-related expenses so people can stand in elections.

Also on Thursday, Nick Gibb welcomed new statistics which showed that disadvantaged primary school pupils are closing in on their better off peers as the disadvantage gap index falls for the seventh year in a row.

Also on Thursday, Gavin Williamson congratulated members of the armed forces who have been recognised for feats of courage and sacrifice at The Sun Military Awards 2018.