Government Activity from Saturday 11 May to Friday 17 May 2019

On Saturday 11th May, Kit Malthouse launched an £8.5 million funding programme to support neighbourhood planning groups provide discounted homes for sale.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1125868/housing-fund-young-families-homes

 

On Sunday 12th, Rishi Sunak set out proposals to ensure Changing Places toilet facilities for severely disabled people are included in all new large publicly-accessible buildings and significant redevelopments.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9055007/shopping-centres-and-supermarkets-will-soon-be-equipped-with-toilets-for-severely-disabled-people/

Also on Sunday, Matt Hancock and Amber Rudd wrote to businesses asking them to commit to doing more on mental health in the workplace.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/comment/bosses-must-play-their-part-in-mental-health-care-qmtmbmcg0

 

On Monday 13th, the Prime Minister announced plans to end the postcode lottery of support for survivors of domestic abuse, making sure that everyone who has suffered has access to the support they need.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48249330

Also on Monday, Michael Gove introduced new legislation ending third party puppy and kitten sales, ensuring stronger protections for animals.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/lucys-law-puppy-farm-ban-parliament-2020-a4141001.html

Also on Monday, Michael Gove called on businesses to cut food waste in a speech at the V&A.

https://london.eater.com/2019/5/7/18531779/michael-gove-step-up-to-the-plate-uk-food-waste 

Also on Monday, Matt Hancock announced the roll-out of innovative brain cancer treatment which will allow surgeons to identify areas of the brain affected by cancer more accurately, helping up to 2,000 patients a year.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/pink-drink-brain-tumours-cancer-surgery-nhs-tessa-jowell-matt-hancock-a8910431.html

 

On Tuesday 14th, Chris Skidmore launched the International Research and Innovation Strategy and underlined the importance of international science collaboration.

https://eandt.theiet.org/content/articles/2019/05/uk-reaching-beyond-eu-for-research-partners-as-science-minister-launches-iris-at-eureka-summit/

Also on Tuesday, Jackie Doyle-Price launched a public campaign to alert potential users of cosmetic procedures of the risks and give advice on how to make safe decisions.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9069648/cheap-botox-lip-fillers-botched-procedures/

Also on Tuesday, Alok Sharma welcomed statistics which showed a joint record high employment rate of 76.1% and that over 32 million people are in work in the UK, up over 3.6 million since 2010.

https://news.sky.com/story/unemployment-rate-falls-to-new-44-year-low-of-3-8-11719601

Also on Tuesday, Andrew Jones marked the running of LNER's First Passenger Azuma train from London to Leeds and the introduction of more modern, spacious and comfortable new trains.

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/politics/new-british-bullet-train-set-to-deliver-1000s-more-seats-every-day-from-london-to-the-north-1-9767240

Also on Tuesday, Jeremy Wright spoke at the TechNation report launch highlighting why the UK is the best country to start and grow a digital business.

https://technation.io/news/uk-fourth-in-the-world-in-fast-growth-investment-after-us-china-and-india/

 

On Wednesday 15th, the Prime Minister joined world leaders and internet companies for a summit in Paris on tackling terrorist use of the internet.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/15/jacinda-ardern-emmanuel-macron-christchurch-call-summit-extremist-violence-online

Also on Wednesday, Jesse Norman announced the launch of a competition to create a state-of-the-art cyber assurance process for self-driving vehicles and a competition to design a prototype for automated driving.

https://www.geoconnexion.com/news/jesse-norman-mp-conveyed-need-for-high-quality-data-for-transport/

 

On Thursday 16th, David Gauke set out a blueprint for the future of probation – bringing all offender management under the National Probation Service (NPS) and building on existing work to bring down reoffending.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48288433

Also on Thursday, Michael Gove published the first progress report of the 25 Year Environment Plan indicating that, in the first year alone, 90% of the plan’s actions have been delivered or are being progressed.

Also on Thursday, Greg Clark published the West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy and announced the extension of the scope of the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, including an additional £36 million of funding.

https://www.lgcplus.com/politics/devolution-and-economic-growth/first-region-agrees-industrial-strategy-with-ministers/7028995.article

Also on Thursday, Sajid Javid announced that the Offensive Weapons Bill gained Royal Assent, bringing in tough new measures that strengthen law enforcement’s response to violent crime.Also on Thursday, Jeremy Wright announced the members of the new AI Sector Council to help boost growth of AI in the UK, promote its adoption and ethical use in businesses and organisations across the country.

https://tech.newstatesman.com/business/uk-ai-council

Also on Thursday, Matt Hancock announced that the Mental Capacity Bill gained Royal Assent. This provides a statutory framework for people who lack capacity to make decisions for themselves.

 

On Friday 17th May, Chris Skidmore gave a speech calling on universities to do more to stamp out antisemitism and to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-48295537