Government Activity from Saturday 25 May to Friday 31 May 2019

On Saturday 25th May, Jake Berry and Kit Malthouse announced that thousands of homeowners will be able to extend their properties quickly and easily without the need for a full planning application, under new rules.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7079503/Homeowners-allowed-house-extensions-without-planning-permission-new-rules.html

On Sunday 26th, Damian Hinds warned universities and higher education providers offering poor value degrees that they are letting down thousands of students and costing the taxpayer millions.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-48395951

 

Also on Sunday, Matt Hancock announced the roll-out of NHS time-saving initiatives, which have already saved over 500,000 work hours.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9156782/doctors-saved-half-million-hours-new-technology-red-tape/

Also on Sunday, Rishi Sunak published a practical guide highlighting Council Tax discounts and exemptions to help ensure families aren’t paying more than their fair share of tax.
https://www.publicfinance.co.uk/news/2019/05/mhclg-releases-council-tax-guide

On Monday 27th, Damian Hinds announced a new advisory group of experts in character education to look at how best to support schools to run more activities, which will help build character and resilience.
https://www.tes.com/news/hinds-asks-teachers-advice-character-building

On Tuesday 28th, David Gauke set out further steps to help ex-offenders into work, reducing the likelihood of reoffending whilst keeping the public safe.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48423793

Also on Tuesday, the Prime Minister hosted the first meeting of the Consumer, Retail and Life Sciences Business Council.

Also on Tuesday, Chris Skidmore announced that that EU students starting university in 2020 will have guaranteed home fee status and financial support for the duration of their courses.
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/may/28/eu-students-will-not-face-brexit-penalty-next-year

Also on Tuesday, Sajid Javid announced that charges for the 101 police non-emergency number, which receives around 30 million calls annually, will be scrapped.
https://news.sky.com/story/fee-for-calling-police-101-number-to-be-scrapped-next-year-11729945

 

On Wednesday 29th, Matt Hancock announced that the Chief Medical Officer will produce a report on new measures to achieve the Government's ambition to halve childhood obesity by 2030.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7087531/Health-Secretary-Matt-Hancock-asks-help-halve-childhood-obesity-UK.html 

Also on Wednesday, Rory Stewart pledged to double aid spending on climate change over the next five years, up from £1.1 billion per year.

https://news.sky.com/story/rory-stewart-i-will-double-foreign-aid-spent-on-climate-change-fight-11730569

 

On Thursday 30th, the Prime Minister and Damian Hinds welcomed the publication of Philip Augar’s independent review into post-18 education.

https://www.ft.com/content/607c7c6c-822c-11e9-9935-ad75bb96c849

Also on Thursday, Philip Hammond delivered a speech at the Resolution Foundation, highlighting that the number of people in low paid jobs is at its lowest level since 1980 following our introduction of the National Living Wage in 2016. He also set out our ambition to eliminate low pay in this country altogether.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48446811

Also on Thursday, Michael Ellis announced the winners of a local data competition to encourage local authorities to open the high value parking and traffic datasets that they manage and own.

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/car-park-app-government-plan-reserve-space-transport-data-a8935511.html

 

On Friday 31st, Michael Gove announced the creation of 41 new Marine Conservation Zones, marking the most significant expansion of England’s ‘Blue Belt’ of protected areas to date.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7089221/Marine-bosses-set-41-conservation-zones-UK-coast-preserve-wildlife.html

Also on Friday, Anne Milton announced that colleges and further education providers will receive a funding boost to help recruit over 160 new FE teachers.

https://feweek.co.uk/2019/05/31/revealed-54-colleges-and-providers-chosen-for-second-wave-of-taking-teaching-further-funding/ 

Also on Friday, Baroness Vere announced plans to reduce the environmental impact of flying by rationalising the use of airspace.

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/flights-pollution-air-traffic-noise-department-transport-fuel-a8937366.html