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Government announce plans for levelling up of the country
The UK government have released a statement looking at the plans for levelling up the country outside of London. As the UK seeks to ‘Build Back Better’ from the restrictions placed upon the economy by the outbreak of Covid-19, the government are looking at a wide range of proposals.
State schools with Reception class to be offered Early Years language classes
Every state school with a Reception class in England can now apply for training and resources through an early years catch-up programme funded by the Government, to support thousands more pupils with vital communication skills.
NHS App to show vaccination status for international travel
From Monday 17 May, the NHS app will be used to show a persons vaccination status if they have had both doses of the vaccination. The NHS app is separate from the NHS Covid-19 app which is used by contact tracing. The government is advising people to register for the app at-least two weeks before attempting to travel.
Recycling collections to made more consistent and plastic bag charge goes up to 10p
Under new proposals released by Environment Secretary George Eustice, every home in England will see a boost to recycling. In an effort to protect the environment and to keep with targets set to eliminate all ‘avoidable waste’ by 2026.
Grant Schapps announces green list of travel destination
On May 17th, the rules around foreign travel are being relaxed to allow people in England to take foreign holidays. The travel and hospitality industries had been looking forward to the announcement of which countries would be on the green list, meaning that visitors would be able to visit without having to quarantine upon their return.
Hartlepool by-election: Conservatives secure seat for first time in 50 year history
The Conservatives have won the Hartlepool by-election by 15,529 vote to Labours 8,859. It is the first time since the seat has been won since it was created in 1974. Jill Mortimer, the Tory candidate has overturned a labour majority of 3,600 to soo n become the first Conservative MP for the constituency.
Leaders Council Chairman, Lord Blunkett, set to be opening speaker for Inaugural Right2Learn conference
Right2Learn (R2L), are a campaign group that seeks to show how important properly funded lifelong learning is to the life chances of millions. The group was formed after the publication of the findings from the 2019 Lifelong Learning Commission called for everyone of any age and background to have access to properly funded education.
G7 commits to $15 billion in finance to help women in developing countries
G7 Foreign and Development Ministers meeting in London this week will invest $15 billion in development finance over the next two years to help women in developing countries access jobs, build resilient businesses and respond to the devastating economic impacts of COVID-19.
Rules around investment and mergers of companies strengthened
Royal Assent has been granted to landmark bill, strengthening the governments ability to investigate mergers and deals that could threaten national security. The National Security and Investment Act will protect the public from malicious investment and makes the UK a more attractive place to invest with clarity and transparency.
Prime Minister issues statement reflecting on the last parliamentary session
The government have released a statement reflecting on the last parliamentary session. The last parliamentary session was started in October 2019 was extended to deal with the outbreak of Covid-19. Any plans that the government had at the start of the session have been skewed by the worldwide pandemic and the overwhelming response to save lives and livelihoods.
Re-Instate launch Living Well programme
A new programme is being run by Re-Instate, a charity based in Erith that work to improve employment opportunities, quality of life and well-being for disadvantaged people in the London Borough of Bexley. The new programme will hundreds of adults with learning disabilities to develop life skills and boost confidence.
Self-driving cars to be introduced to British roads later this year
The Department for Transport have announced that vehicles fitted with the Automated Lane Keeping System (ALKS) technology could be used on British motorways by the end of the year. The technology is seen to be a way to reduce human error on slow moving motorway lanes.
Schools in England to benefit from 20% increase to maintenance allocation pot
Schools in England to share £1.8billion pot to help keep their buildings in the best possible state of repair.
The UK to deploy Carrier Strike Group in May
The UK Carrier Strike Group (CSG21) is set for its maiden deployment in a globe spanning mission. The size and scope of the voyage will be the largest concentration of maritime and air power in a generation.
2021 BRIT Awards Ceremony to go ahead with a live audience
The BRIT Awards with Mastercard will return to London’s The O2 arena on Tuesday 11 May with an audience of 4,000 people and live performances from Dua Lipa, Headie One, Arlo Parks and BRIT Rising Star Award winner Griff, among other acts to be announced.