Government Activity from Saturday 6 April to Friday 12 April 2019

On Saturday 6th April, the Chancellor and Mel Stride marked the beginning of the new financial year, highlighting tax reforms coming into effect which deliver on our manifesto promise one year early and give hard-working people a well-earned tax cut.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1110476/tax-cut-threshold-philip-hammond-uk-minimum-wage-pension-saving-brexit

On Monday 8th, the Prime Minister and Jeremy Wright published the Online Harms White Paper, which outlines the Government’s tough new measures to make the UK the safest place to live and work online.

https://metro.co.uk/2019/04/08/government-pledges-hit-tech-companies-substantial-fines-inappropriate-content-9130832/

 

Also on Monday, Damian Hinds launched a free new recruitment service to help schools save millions spent every year on advertising jobs and invest more in teaching.

http://www.governmentbusiness.co.uk/news/08042019/teacher-recruitment-service-set-save-schools-millions

 

Also on Monday, Greg Clark welcomed new laws that give all workers the right to a payslip as part of the Government’s Good Work Plan, including those on casual and zero-hours contracts.

https://www.moneywise.co.uk/news/2019-04-08/300000-workers-to-get-payslips-the-first-time-government-urges-employees-to-check

 

Also on Monday, Penny Mordaunt delivered a speech at Canada House about the joint work between the United Kingdom and Canada to improve gender equality.

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/apr/09/penny-mordaunt-says-uk-will-defend-abortion-rights-amid-global-pushback-trump

 

On Tuesday 9th, David Gauke announced reforms to divorce law to reduce family conflict by ending the ‘blame game’ between separating couples.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47860144

 

Also on Tuesday, Baroness Williams announced that five innovative community projects will each receive a share of additional £346,000 funding to tackle hate crime.

https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/17561785.gwent-project-receives-a-share-of-340000-hate-crime-funding-pot/

 

On Wednesday 10th, Damian Hinds announced that twelve Institutes of Technology will be set up across the country to help boost young people’s skills training.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-47866292

 

Also on Wednesday, James Brokenshire announced the Open Doors scheme, which will see landlords turn their empty shops into vibrant community hubs for the public.

https://www.northantstelegraph.co.uk/news/kettering-town-centre-unit-to-become-community-hub-in-government-pilot-scheme-aimed-at-tackling-social-and-economic-problems-1-8885984

 

Also on Wednesday, Rishi Sunak promised greater protection for vulnerable people who fall behind on their council tax payments.

https://www.localgov.co.uk/Whitehall-pledges-to-end-aggressive-council-tax-debt-collection/47230

 

Also on Wednesday, Damian Hinds pledged £940 million to schools and colleges in England, to ensure teachers’ pensions remain among the most generous in the country.

https://www.fenews.co.uk/fevoices/28269-schools-and-colleges-in-england-will-receive-an-extra-940-million-for-teachers-pensions

 

Also on Wednesday, the Chancellor welcomed GDP figures which showed that our economy grew faster than expected at the start of 2019, highlighting how our balanced approach to the country’s finances is working.

https://news.sky.com/story/gdp-grows-0-2-as-subdued-uk-economy-beats-expectations-11689469

 

On Thursday 11th, the Prime Minister agreed an extension to Article 50 until the end of October, but with the prospect of still leaving the EU by the end of May if a deal is passed – before the European Elections.

 

Also on Thursday, Mims Davies and Nadhim Zahawi announced that a new Youth Charter will be developed with key stakeholders to ensure young people have a strong voice on issues they care about.

https://www.civilsociety.co.uk/news/charities-and-dcms-to-create-youth-charter.html

 

Also on Thursday, Nus Ghani announced a £2 million government fund to help more service stations in England to become fully accessible for disabled passengers.

https://www.musculardystrophyuk.org/news/news/launch-of-application-process-for-changing-places-toilets/

 

Also on Thursday, Penny Mordaunt pledged an extra £14 million to help deal with the impact of Cyclone Idai.

 

On Friday 12th, Lucy Frazer welcomed the new Voyeurism Act into law, making the invasive practice of ‘upskirting’ a specific crime across England and Wales.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47902522

 

Also on Friday, Sajid Javid welcomed the new offences coming into effect following Royal Assent of the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/terrorist-propaganda-law-thought-crime-click-link-online-prison-a8866061.html