Government Activity from Saturday 1 June to Friday 7 June 2019

On Saturday 1st June, James Brokenshire announced that the Tenant Fees Act had come into effect, banning unfair letting fees for tenants so renters keep more of their hard-earned cash.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48474218

On Sunday 2nd, John Glen announced that the use of high pressure and misleading tactics in the sale of funeral plans will be brought to an end.
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/business/crackdown-on-funeral-scams-by-city-minister-john-glen-fbfvb9xjt

Also on Sunday, Margot James announced that a new independent Consumer Advocate is to be created for the Telecoms sector to protect mobile and broadband customers from unfair practices.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/06/01/ministers-unveil-plans-new-mobile-broadband-champion-protect/

On Monday 3rd, the Prime Minister welcomed President Trump’s arrival to the UK, marking the start of a significant week for the special relationship and an opportunity to further strengthen our already close partnership.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-7097091/May-looking-forward-building-ties-US-Trump-state-visit.html

Also on Monday, Matt Hancock announced that high-earning senior clinicians will be able to support more patients while saving into their NHS pension without facing significant tax charges.
http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/news/gp-topics/pensions/gp-pensions-to-be-more-flexible-to-improve-retention/20038789.article

On Tuesday 4th, the Prime Minister welcomed the depth and future potential of transatlantic ties as she and President Trump co-hosted a business roundtable on the second day of his State Visit to the UK.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9217397/donald-trump-uk-visit-theresa-may-trade-london/

Also on Tuesday, Greg Clark announced that the UK will play a leading role in the new space age, with new support for domestic satellite launch capability, space weather forecasting, and a National Space Council.
https://www.ft.com/content/7f03dde6-86ec-11e9-97ea-05ac2431f453

On Wednesday 5th, the Prime Minister hosted leaders and representatives from 15 nations to honour D-Day veterans at historic commemorations in Portsmouth.
https://news.sky.com/story/flypast-over-portsmouth-marks-75-years-since-d-day-11735467

Also on Wednesday, David Gauke set out immediate steps to tackle emerging and unprecedented recruitment issues in the senior judiciary.
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/judges-win-16-pay-rise-to-stem-recruitment-crisis-lm3jvx23l

On Thursday 6th, the Prime Minister and French President unveiled a new memorial in France to pay tribute to the 22,442 brave servicemen who died in the battles in Normandy in 1944.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48536906

Also on Thursday, Liam Fox welcomed new figures which showed that every UK nation recorded a greater value of goods exports in the 2018/19 financial year than ever before.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-48546054

Also on Thursday, James Brokenshire invited views on a new building safety regime, as we seek to bring forward new legislation to keep residents safe.
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/watchdog-for-building-safety-after-grenfell-bqm2g9wh0

Also on Thursday, Anne Milton announced that a further 17 colleges have been awarded funding totalling £2.5 million from the third and final round of the Strategic College Improvement Fund.
https://www.fenews.co.uk/press-releases/30363-17-colleges-awarded-2-5m-from-final-round-of-the-strategic-college-improvement-fund-scif

Also on Thursday, Lord Bourne launched a national strategy to tackle entrenched inequality and improve the lives of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

On Friday 7th, Nadhim Zahawi wrote to schools encouraging them to consider how they can avoid stigma around free school meals and provide access to free drinking water.
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/students-on-free-meals-forced-to-buy-drinking-water-2jd2cf30g