Government Activity from Saturday 8 June to Friday 14 June 2019

Earlier this week, the Prime Minister announced that the UK will eradicate its net contribution to climate change by 2050. She committed the UK to achieving ‘net zero’ greenhouse gas emissions, leaving the environment in a better state for the next generation. This will make us the first major economy in the world to legislate to end our contribution to global warming.

 

The Prime Minister’s open letter to businesses, faith groups and NGOs gained broad support, including from the CBI and the Committee on Climate Change. The commitment also attracted international praise - architect of the Paris climate agreement Laurence Tubiana hailed it is ‘historic’, and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called on all countries to follow our example.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/paris-agreement-chief-says-rest-of-eu-must-follow-uk-s-zero-carbon-target-mxcl2fwb7

 

On Saturday 8th June, Michael Gove welcomed new legislation coming into force that will prevent those who attack or injure service animals from claiming their actions were in self-defence.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/police-dog-protection-law-named-16476852

 

Also on Saturday, Greg Clark announced that the date of next year’s early May bank holiday will be moved to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/08/early-may-bank-holiday-2020-to-be-moved-to-coincide-with-ve-day

 

Also on Saturday, Chris Grayling announced that new technology to detect illegal, excessively noisy vehicles will be trialled over the next seven months.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/06/08/acoustic-cameras-could-brought-fine-divers-noisy-cars/

 

Also on Saturday, Michael Gove announced the Government’s next steps in protecting England’s precious marine environment with a review to examine whether Highly Protected Marine Areas could be introduced.

https://news.sky.com/story/stronger-sea-life-protection-considered-by-government-as-review-launched-11737481

On Sunday 9th, Greg Clark announced that homes and businesses exporting green electricity to the grid will be guaranteed a payment from energy suppliers under new laws.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/09/energy-firms-buy-electricity-from-household-rooftop-solar-panels

On Monday 10th, the Prime Minister announced that tech companies from around the world will invest £1.2 billion into the thriving UK tech sector – ensuring Britain remains the best place to start and scale a tech business.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2019/06/10/london-tech-week-third-europes-fastest-growing-tech-companies/

 

Also on Monday, Jeremy Wright welcomed new research that found Britain is one of top locations to start a technology company that reaches a $1 billion dollar valuation.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/britain-is-best-in-europe-for-1bn-unicorn-tech-start-ups-p60jvsjxs

 

Also on Monday, Jeremy Wright, Greg Clark and Damian Hinds set out details of a multimillion investment to fund new artificial intelligence conversion degrees and innovation in adult online learning.

https://www.expressandstar.com/news/uk-news/2019/06/10/new-conversion-degree-courses-will-help-boost-diversity-in-ai-tech-roles/

 

Also on Monday, Andrew Stephenson announced the 32 companies who will receive £33 million for projects aiming to transform the UK's low-carbon automotive future.
https://www.energylivenews.com/2019/06/11/five-low-carbon-vehicle-projects-land-33m-of-new-funding/

 

On Tuesday 11th, James Brokenshire announced that we are investing £142 million in vital infrastructure to support the development of the homes that communities need, helping more people onto the housing ladder.

https://www.insidehousing.co.uk/news/news/government-to-invest-142m-in-infrastructure-to-support-8500-new-homes-61855

Also on Tuesday, Oliver Dowden published a Government Technology Innovation Strategy, our plan for how Government can harness new technologies, transforming public services for the better.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-government-technology-innovation-strategy

Also on Tuesday, Alok Sharma welcomed new independent jobs figures that show the fundamentals of the British economy remain robust, with more people than ever before in work and wages growing faster than inflation for the 15th month in a row.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9274967/jobs-and-take-home-pay-on-the-rise/

 

On Wednesday 12th, Greg Clark announced that we are investing £23 million in electric car battery development, ensuring the UK remains at the forefront of new technologies as we build a cleaner, greener economy.

https://electrek.co/2019/06/13/chinese-firm-evergrande-electric-cars-batteries/

 

On Thursday 13th, Michael Gove and Thérèse Coffey announced that, following our call for action, all major supermarkets have signed our ambitious pledge to halve food waste by 2030 and save families across the country billions of pounds every year.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/money/9283876/british-supermarkets-food-waste-cut-2030/

 

Also on Thursday, Greg Clark published a new local industrial strategy for Greater Manchester with a boost to ground-breaking bio-tech, putting the city-region on track to be carbon-free by 2038 while creating the jobs of the future.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/bio-tech-gets-boost-with-new-local-industrial-strategy-for-greater-manchester

 

Also on Thursday, Edward Argar welcomed new legislation coming into effect, putting an end to the ‘same roof’ rule that denied compensation for some victims of violent crime.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/06/12/thousands-abuse-victims-share-compensation-126-million-roof/

 

On Friday 14th, Damian Hinds announced the approval of 22 new free schools, aiming to help raise standards and give parents more choice.

https://schoolsweek.co.uk/revealed-the-22-new-free-schools-approved-by-dfe/