Government Activity from Sunday 17 March to Friday 22 March 2019

On Sunday 17th March, Penny Mordaunt appointed the first ever National Adviser for LGBT Health in the NHS.

https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2019/03/18/first-lgbt-health-adviser-dr-michael-brady-prep-rollout/

Also on Sunday, the Prime Minister spoke to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand to offer condolences to all those affected by last Friday’s terror attack.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/03/16/end-innocence-world-reacted-new-zealand-terror-attack/

 

Also on Sunday, Steve Brine and Jeremy Wright published a consultation on proposals to introduce a 9pm watershed on TV and online adverts for food and drink that is high in fat, sugar or salt.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/no-junk-food-ads-on-facebook-until-9pm-in-plan-to-fight-obesity-n0nxchp0q

 

On Monday 18th, Amber Rudd announced an innovative new pensions scheme to deliver improved returns for millions of savers.

https://www.ft.com/content/15d72cd2-4976-11e9-8b7f-d49067e0f50d 

Also on Monday, Penny Mordaunt announced new funding to make it easier for small charities and humanitarian organisations to access the aid budget.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/mordaunt-tells-charities-chill-uk-aid-target-slaps-dfid-critics/

 

Also on Monday, Penny Mordaunt pledged £6 million of UK aid to help meet the immediate needs of people affected by Cyclone Idai.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/cyclone-idai-uk-pledges-6m-of-aid-as-it-is-revealed-more-than-1000-people-are-feared-dead-in-a4095106.html

 

Also on Monday, Mims Davies took part in a panel discussion with Judy Murray and former England rugby player Maggie Alphonsi to launch a campaign, alongside theDaily Telegraph, to get more women into sports professions.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/womens-sport/2019/03/18/telegraph-womens-sport-hailed-brilliant-exciting-leap-forward/

 

On Tuesday 19th, Jesse Norman published a new strategy on urban mobility and announced £90 million of investment in transport innovation.

https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news-analysis/3072751/transport-revolution-dft-eyes-green-innovation-boost-with-major-regulatory-review

 

Also on Tuesday, Damian Hinds published a consultation on new measures to boost the quality of post-16 qualifications.

https://schoolsweek.co.uk/government-consults-on-plans-to-withdraw-funding-for-btecs/

 

Also on Tuesday, Sajid Javid announced an uplift for the Places of Worship fund from £800,000 to £1.6 million.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/new-zealand-shooting-attack-uk-mosques-security-funding-a8830106.html

 

Also on Tuesday, James Brokenshire published an evaluation of the Troubled Families fund, which shows that the funding helps young people to develop personal resilience and withstand peer pressure.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-47630180

 

On Wednesday 20th, Jeremy Wright launched an investigation into the potential for bias in the use of algorithms at the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/from-adverts-to-racial-bias-we-will-take-on-the-dangers-of-data-algorithms-jeremy-wright-centre-ethics-innovation-t2h0pjcrr

 

Also on Wednesday, Damian Hinds called on online giants, including PayPal, to stop promoting and facilitating access to essay writing services to help to tackle cheating at university.

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/mar/20/hinds-calls-on-students-to-report-peers-who-use-essay-writing-services

 

Also on Wednesday, James Brokenshire announced a funding boost to support vulnerable veterans move into quality housing.

https://www.forces.net/military-life/veterans/government-announces-funding-boost-help-homeless-veterans

 

Also on Wednesday, Jeremy Hunt announced an extra £12 million of funding to support the survivors of the devastating Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

https://guce.oath.com/collectConsent?sessionId=3_cc-session_926f578f-d32b-4d6f-b1e5-629c86f43acd&lang=en-GB&inline=false

 

Also on Wednesday, Matt Hancock spoke about the serious ethical challenges of DNA analysis at the Royal Society.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/03/20/matt-hancock-gene-tests-show-have-heightened-risk-prostate-cancer/

 

On Thursday 21st, the Prime Minister secured a short extension to Article 50 at the EU Council in Brussels.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-47660019

 

Also on Thursday, Jesse Norman announced a £23 million funding boost to improve cycling and walking around the country.

https://www.transport-britain.co.uk/23-million-dft-funding-for-national-cycle-network-will-improve-safety/

 

Also on Thursday, Mims Davies announced a £1.2 million investment to develop new training to improve charities’ knowledge of safeguarding requirements. She also announced the five organisations across England that will receive a share of £250,000 to help tackle barriers to volunteering in later life.

https://www.thirdsector.co.uk/government-announces-12m-safeguarding-training-sector/policy-and-politics/article/1579780

 

Also on Thursday, Lord Bourne announced the 50 community groups and local authorities who will receive a share of £500,000 to host events to celebrate Windrush Day.

 

Also on Thursday, David Lidington hosted a roundtable of FTSE 350 company directors to discuss the management of cyber risks.

https://www.cbronline.com/list/ncsc-board-toolkit

 

On Friday 22nd, Jeremy Wright announced that 10,000 children across the country will benefit from the pilot of a new performing arts programme.

https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2019/bbc-lowry-brit-school-partner-government-5m-performing-arts-programme-schoolchildren/

 

Also on Friday, Edward Argar announced additional funding for victims of rape and sexual abuse, meaning there are now government-funded rape support services in all 42 of the country’s Police and Crime Commissioner areas for the first time.