Government Activity from Sunday 17 February to Friday 22 February 2019

On Sunday 17th February, Michael Gove and Philip Hammond announced plans to overhaul the recycling and waste system, demonstrating our commitment to leave the environment in a better state than we found it.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/18/michael-gove-food-waste-bins-weekly

Also on Sunday, James Brokenshire announced that councils across the country are to benefit from more than £13 million of funding to breathe new life into our green spaces.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6713407/Victory-Mail-Sunday-government-pledges-13million-funding-help-parks.html

On Monday 18th, David Gauke set out his vision for a ‘smart’ justice system to reduce reoffending, protect the public and ensure serious criminals receive the punishment they deserve.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47280702

Also on Monday, Liam Fox signed trade continuity agreements with Israel and with Palestine, which will see British businesses continue to trade as freely as they do now.
https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1088712/brexit-news-theresa-may-withdrawal-agreement-european-union-brexit-latest

Also on Monday, Tobias Ellwood announced the rollout of new ID cards for armed forces veterans, which will help them access specialist support and services.
https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/defence/retired-british-army-soldiers-and-royal-navy-sailors-hail-new-veterans-id-card-scheme-as-a-huge-step-forward-1-8816689

On Tuesday 19th, Alok Sharma welcomed the latest Labour Market statistics which show employment is at a record high, the unemployment rate is at a joint 43-year low and wages have outstripped inflation for the eleventh month in a row.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47290331

Also on Tuesday, Michael Gove reaffirmed the UK’s commitment to high farming standards as we leave the EU, making sure we deliver a green Brexit.                                                  
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/feb/19/michael-gove-vows-to-uphold-food-standards-after-brexit

Also on Tuesday, Matt Hancock announced the creation of a new joint government, NHS and industry unit which will aim to utilise modern technology and create more advanced health care, helping to diagnose diseases earlier, free up staff time and empower patients to take greater control of their own care.
http://www.nationalhealthexecutive.com/Robot-News/nshx-hancock-unveils-new-digital-unit-to-bring-together-all-of-nhss-tech-leaders-

Also on Tuesday, Oliver Dowden confirmed in a speech to the Confederation of British Industry how the government is working alongside industry to ensure the delivery of better, smarter and more efficient public services.

http://www.cityam.com/273542/government-take-more-risk-public-contracts-protect

On Wednesday 20th, the Prime Minister met Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels, where she underlined the need for legally binding changes to the backstop.
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/joint-statement-on-behalf-of-prime-minister-may-and-president-juncker

Also on Wednesday, Damian Hinds announced that thousands of families will receive free access to educational apps to help boost their child’s early literacy and language skills so they don’t start school behind their peers.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/disadvantaged-families-to-benefit-from-free-early-learning-apps

Also on Wednesday, Baroness Sugg announced that legislation coming into force next month will extend airport ‘no-fly’ zones to drones, as well launching a new retail partnership that will raise awareness of responsible drone use to better protect airports from disruption.                                                                         
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47299805

Also on Wednesday, Sajid Javid announced that he will give the police new powers to stop and search anyone suspected of carrying a corrosive substance in public.
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/more-stop-and-search-powers-to-cut-acid-attacks-7vc00rlw3

Also on Wednesday, Matt Hancock set out new plans to provide better mental health and wellbeing support to NHS staff.                                                      
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/nhs-staff-mental-health-secretary-priority-workforce-matt-hancock-wellbeing-a8787121.html

On Thursday 21st, Caroline Dinenage announced that more people will receive access to a personal health budget, giving them more choice and control over how their care is delivered.                                                             

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6727597/NHS-chronic-illness-patients-3-000-year-spend-care-2024.html

Also on Thursday, Greg Clark and Jeremy Wright announced new measures to train the next generation of leaders in Artificial Intelligence, keeping the UK at the forefront of this emerging technology and creating high-skilled jobs around the country.  

https://www.forbes.com/sites/samshead/2019/02/20/uk-government-to-fund-ai-university-courses-with-115m/#1690a6f9430d

Also on Thursday, new official statistics showed that in January the UK had a record budget surplus, as our balanced approach to the economy continues reducing our borrowing so that we can spend more on vital public services.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47318862

Also on Thursday, David Mundell marked twenty years of Scottish devolution and reaffirmed that Brexit will further strengthen the devolution settlement, with new powers being transferred directly to Holyrood.
https://www.itv.com/news/2019-02-21/david-mundell-vows-brexit-will-strengthen-devolution/

Also on Thursday, Harriett Baldwin announced a £30 million funding package for prosperity and security projects across Africa, and a new strategic partnership with the African Union.

https://africandailyvoice.com/en/2019/02/21/united-kingdom-set-to-invest-in-african-prosperity-and-security-projects/

On Friday 22nd, Michael Gove set out plans for new ways to support landowners to protect nature, ensuring we leave the environment in a better state than we found it.                                                            https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/02/22/landowners-given-powers-protect-countryside-forever-new-conservation/

Also on Friday, James Brokenshire announced a £9.8m fund to support children and families vulnerable to knife crime and gang culture.
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/london-boroughs-given-95m-to-keep-children-from-gang-violence-a4073866.html