Government Activity from Saturday 23 March to Friday 29 March 2019

On Saturday 23rd, Sajid Javid appointed a charitable foundation to help deliver a £200m Youth Endowment Fund which will support programmes and community partnerships working with children at risk of being drawn into crime and violence.
https://www.civilsociety.co.uk/news/government-appoints-charity-to-distribute-200m-youth-fund.html

Also on Saturday, James Brokenshire and Jake Berry announced that seventy projects up and down the Great British Coast have been awarded a total of over £36 million from a UK Government fund to help develop and improve tourist attractions, create jobs and promote socio-economic growth.
https://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2019-03-23/funding-boost-for-coastal-communities-in-norfolk-suffolk-and-essex/

On Sunday 24th, Damian Hinds called for universities to end grade inflation, by curbing unexplained increases in firsts and 2:1s awarded.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/03/24/universities-continue-give-many-top-grades-face-500000-fines/

Also on Sunday, Margot James welcomed research which showed that tech savvy children are a vital tool in keeping households safe online, which was revealed on the eve of the final to crown the UK’s sharpest young female cyber minds.

On Monday 25th, the Prime Minister gave a statement to the House of Commons updating MPs on the recent European Council meeting.

Also on Monday, Chris Skidmore warned that landlords who fail to meet standards for student accommodation must face justice under new regulations.
http://www.cityam.com/275176/rogue-landlords-must-stop-exploiting-students-says

Also on Monday, Caroline Nokes launched a new nationwide marketing campaign to encourage EU citizens to apply early for the EU Settlement Scheme.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/brexit/8714392/new-brexit-tv-ads-urge-eu-citizens-to-register-and-stay-in-the-uk-after-we-leave/

Also on Monday, James Brokenshire confirmed £46 million of investment to help people off the streets and into housing, as part of our £100 million Rough Sleeping Strategy.
https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/planning-construction-news/end-rough-sleeping/54495/

Also on Monday, Jake Berry today announced 76 new projects will receive money through Pub is The Hub, a ground-breaking organisation that supports rural pubs to diversify and help pubs bring communities together by expanding their services beyond food and drink.
http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2019/03/rural-pubs-given-cash-to-diversify-into-post-offices-shops-and-soft-play-parks/

Also on Monday, James Brokenshire announced that five brand new garden towns have been unveiled unlocking up to 64,000 much-needed homes across England.
https://www.insidehousing.co.uk/news/five-new-garden-towns-to-share-government-funding-60748

Also on Monday, James Brokenshire set out a multi-million pound package of commitments to drive forward growth in the Thames Estuary in order to create jobs, build new homes and boost local economic growth.
https://www.theplanner.co.uk/news/thames-estuary-growth-is-backed-by-government-investment

On Tuesday 26th, Edward Argar and Jackie Doyle-Price set out proposals to give coroners the power to investigate all full-term stillbirths so bereaved parents get the answers they deserve.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-47694760

Also on Tuesday, Mel Stride bolstered the case for tackling contrived tax avoidance through the 2019 Loan Charge in a comprehensive report which set out the action Government is taking to crack down on unscrupulous promoters, and the support HMRC provides to vulnerable customers.
https://www.ftadviser.com/investments/2019/03/26/hmrc-hits-back-at-critics-of-tax-charge/

Also on Tuesday, Nus Ghani announced £4 million for a platform which will provide location information about services – giving greater certainty to passengers about when their bus will arrive.
https://www.intelligenttransport.com/transport-news/69670/real-time-information-to-improve-bus-travel-in-england/

On Wednesday 27th, James Brokenshire, announced that communities across England will receive a share of a new fund which aims to increase awareness of the devastating consequences of Female Genital Mutilation.
https://www.policeprofessional.com/news/funding-announced-for-councils-to-raise-fgm-awareness/

Also on Wednesday, Gavin Williamson and David Mundell announced that thousands of troops who could have been adversely affected by the Scottish Government’s tax rises will continue to be protected in the next financial year.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-47720303

On Thursday 28th, James Brokenshire announced a package of measures to protect leaseholders from unfair fees, helping to create a fairer and more transparent housing market.
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pledge-to-help-homeowners-trapped-by-onerous-leases-5qqdsgj2x

Also on Thursday, Mims Davies announced the latest round of funding from the Tampon Tax Fund – supporting ten projects which will help thousands of vulnerable women and provide the opportunities they need to rebuild their lives.
https://metro.co.uk/2019/03/28/tampon-tax-fund-spent-helping-womens-mental-health-9040277/

Also on Thursday, Greg Clark welcomed members of the Prime Minister’s Small Business, Scale ups and Entrepreneurs Business Council to Downing Street.

Also on Thursday, Damian Hinds welcomed new statistics which showed that an additional 96,000 new school places have been created across England in the last year - taking the total number of new school places created since 2010 to 921,000.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/03/28/number-oversubscribed-secondary-schools-halves-past-decade-figures/

On Friday 29th, Stephen Hammond responded to the interim update from the Gender Pay Gap in Medicine Review which found that the continued dominance of men in senior medical positions is one of the main causes of the gender pay gap in medicine.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/nhs-gender-pay-gap-2019-men-women-doctors-medicine-a8844511.html