Government Activity from Sunday 16 June to Friday 21 June 2019

On Sunday 16th, Damian Hinds set out plans to prevent the most vulnerable children missing out on school and improve access to social worker support.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/social-services-children-gcse-grades-education-damian-hinds-schools-a8960151.html

 

On Monday 15th, the Prime Minister reflected on the major reforms she has led in the last three years, which represent the biggest transformation in mental health care in more than a generation. She launched an overhaul of our approach to preventing mental illness, putting prevention at the top of the mental health agenda and making sure that at every stage of life, for people of all backgrounds, mental illness gets the urgent attention it deserves.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-48658151

 

Also on Monday, the Chancellor launched the London-Shanghai Stock Connect project, allowing companies listed in Britain to sell shares in China, boosting the economy and creating opportunity for business.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48658844

 

Also on Monday, Andrew Stephenson launched a £24 million fund to support businesses to develop new solutions to UK aerospace challenges.
https://www.governmentcomputing.com/national-security/news/smes-new-aerospace-technology

Also on Monday, Mims Davies launched a new campaign to help tackle the stigma of loneliness and encourage people to speak out.

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/loneliness-campaign-launch-alone-stigma-govenment-a8959291.html

 

Also on Monday, Sajid Javid announced that the UK will continue to resettle thousands of refugees under a new scheme set to start in 2020.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-7151317/UK-aims-resettle-5-000-refugees-2020-Sajid-Javid-says.html

 

On Tuesday 18th, the Prime Minister and Greg Clark announced that we are taking action to ensure consumers are not unfairly targeted and penalised for their loyalty when paying for everyday services.

https://www.itv.com/news/2019-06-18/new-powers-to-fine-firms-exploiting-customer-loyalty/

 

Also on Tuesday, Damian Hinds announced that the first three T Level qualifications will be taught from September 2020, with a second wave being introduced in 2021, giving more young people the opportunity and skills they need to get on in life.

https://feweek.co.uk/2019/06/18/t-levels-the-colleges-selected-to-run-courses-in-2021/

 

Also on Tuesday, Sajid Javid announced the provisional allocation of £35 million to 18 Police and Crime Commissioners to set up violence reduction units.

https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/nottingham-news/police-nottinghamshire-set-receive-880000-2993090

 

Also on Tuesday, Edward Argar welcomed Lord Farmer’s review of female offenders, which supports Ministry of Justice’s emphasis on community alternatives and the use of technology to boost rehabilitation.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jun/18/women-prison-review-family-contact-reduce-reoffending

 

On Wednesday 19th, John Glen introduced a new ‘Breathing Space’ scheme for people struggling with problem debt, giving them the time and support they need to get their finances under control and get away from the stress debt can cause.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/breathing-space-explained-debt-bills-16541818

 

Also on Wednesday, Kelly Tolhurst set out new measures to ensure that small businesses are paid promptly, ending the unacceptable culture of late payment.

https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/planning-construction-news/payment-practices/58765/

 

Also on Wednesday, Kit Malthouse welcomed new housing statistics which showed a significant increase in the number of affordable homes being built in England - helping more people to get a foot on the housing ladder.

https://www.insidehousing.co.uk/news/homes-england-housing-starts-hit-highest-level-for-nine-years-61945

 

On Thursday 20th, David Gauke and Matt Hancock set out plans to reduce re-offending by offering vulnerable offenders targeted treatment and better access to healthcare, saving taxpayers’ money and making our communities safer.

https://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/community-treatment-pilots-launches-stop-reoffenders

 

Also on Thursday, Kelly Tolhurst welcomed statistics that show the British Business Bank’s Start Up Loans programme has lent £500 million to UK small businesses since it was set up in 2012.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-6824363/Scottish-firms-receive-26-million-start-loans.html

 

On Friday 21st, Jake Berry and David Lidington marked the upcoming 5 year anniversary of the Northern Powerhouse, speaking to local media during visits to Sheffield and Leeds.

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/17720390.jake-berry-northern-powerhouse-remains-a-priority/

 

Also on Friday, Liam Fox welcomed UK Export Finance figures that show the UK provided £6.8 billion of support to exporters in 2018, helping to maintain about 47,000 British jobs.

https://www.ft.com/content/d121e57a-9342-11e9-aea1-2b1d33ac3271