What a fantastic week Team GB has been having at the Olympics! But also there’s been great news coming in from across the #UK on the local, national and global front (26th July – 1st August 2021).
Sporting achievements aside, here are our best read news stories from the last seven days. Please keep sharing and spreading the good news. #TheGoodNewsThisWeek #GoTeamGB!
A special ceremony held at Space Command Headquarters, RAF High Wycombe yesterday marked the official opening of UK Space Command, with the first ‘Space Operator’ Badges presented to personnel. Space plays a vital role in the Armed Forces ability to undertake the majority of defence tasks, with any disruption to the space domain leading to significant consequences on civilian, commercial, economic and military activity… click here
The active travel boom seen throughout the pandemic will continue to thrive thanks to a £338 million package to boost cycling and walking across the country, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced this week. Infrastructure upgrades, changes to The Highway Code and new requirements to ensure that active travel schemes’ effects are properly assessed are among the raft of measures included in the Summer of Cycling and Walking document published this week. It comes after last year saw cycling rise more than in the previous 20 years put together, with the number of miles cycled on British roads rocketing by 45.7% to 5 billion… click here
A UK-built satellite capable of being reprogrammed in space has successfully launched. Eutelsat Quantum, backed by UK Space Agency funding and built in Britain by Airbus in Portsmouth and Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL) in Guildford, is the first of a new generation of fully reconfigurable satellites that can respond while in orbit to changing demands on Earth. Until now large satellites were configured on the ground for specific tasks that could not be changed after launch. Eutelsat Quantum’s coverage, bandwidth, power and frequency can all be altered in orbit… click here
The UK will this week begin delivering nine million Covid-19 vaccines around the world, including to Indonesia, Jamaica and Kenya, to help tackle the pandemic, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced this week. Five million doses are being offered to COVAX, the scheme to ensure equitable, global access to Covid-19 vaccines. COVAX will urgently distribute them to lower-income countries via an equitable allocation system which prioritises delivering vaccines to people who most need them. Another four million doses will be shared directly with countries in need. Indonesia will receive 600,000 doses, 300,000 will be sent to Jamaica and 817,000 are to be transported to Kenya, among other countries… click here
Five brand new digital manufacturing research centres and projects to help supply chains become more productive are among recipients of £53 million of new government funding to drive the development of the latest digital manufacturing technologies, Investment Minister Lord Grimstone announced this week. The funding has been awarded though the national Made Smarter programme, a collaboration between UK government and industry designed to support the development and increase use of these emerging technologies. Adoption of the latest data-driven innovations, such as use of AI and blockchain in supply chains, or advanced robotics and smart machines in manufacturing, will help manufacturers to increase productivity, become more sustainable and build back better from the pandemic… click here
5. Boris pledges to ensure ‘less crime, fewer victims and a safer society’ through new Beating Crime Plan
A new plan to reduce crime, protect victims and make the country safer has been set out by the government this week. The measures build on progress to date toughening sentences to keep the most dangerous offenders behind bars and the delivery of almost 9,000 of the 20,000 extra police officers promised by 2023 – one of the Prime Minister’s first commitments in office. The plan will ensure the public is better protected across all parts of the country, with each neighbourhood having contactable, named police officers, who know their area and are best placed to ensure that persistent crime and anti-social behaviour is tackled… click here
HERO police officers and staff from across the UK who have died while protecting the public are commemorated in a permanent memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire which has been unveiled by Prince Charles this week. The new UK Police Memorial honours the courage and sacrifice of all those from across the police service who have dedicated their lives to protecting us and has been commemorated at a special ceremony at the Arboretum. The ceremony was attended by hundreds of guests including dignitaries, senior politicians, representatives from all police force across the country, policing charities and the families and friends of officers killed on duty… click here
Figures show an extra 9,814 police officers have been recruited as Boris launches the Beating Crime Plan. The government is nearly half-way to delivering on its pledge to put 20,000 additional officers on the streets by 2023, figures released this week show. An extra 9,814 police officers have been recruited across all 43 police forces in England and Wales, where they are already having an impact in tackling crime and keeping communities safe. The latest figures follow the launch of the government’s Beating Crime Plan, aimed at reducing crime, protecting victims and making the country safer… click here
More Albanian criminals will be removed from the UK and transferred from prisons in England and Wales after Ministers signed a new agreement this week. The deal means more offenders can be sent back to serve their full sentence in Albania, with victims assured they will still serve the full sentence imposed on them by a British judge. Taxpayers will no longer have to pay to accommodate these offenders, and those transferred will be barred from returning to Britain, giving further peace of mind to victims… click here
Planning permission has been granted to build the country’s first national Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in Victoria Tower Gardens, next to Parliament, with construction starting later this year. The new Holocaust Memorial will be the national focal point to honour the six million Jewish men, women and children who were murdered in the Holocaust, and other victims of Nazi persecution, including the Roma, gay and disabled people… click here
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