Once again there’s been lots of good news coming in from across the #UK this week (9th– 15th August 2021).

Here are our best read news stories from the last seven days. Please keep sharing and spreading the positive news. #TheGoodNewsThisWeek

10. World leading British satellite to get lift off for military space communications

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) have awarded a £9.5 million contract to In-Space Missions Ltd for the build of the Titania satellite, which will undertake vital research on the next-generation of communications technology. To be launched in 2023 and approximately the size of a washing machine, the satellite will support the ‘Titania Operational Concept Demonstrator’ which is exploring the military utility of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) direct-to-earth free-space optical communications (FSOC)… click here

9. UK leads world offshore wind industry and invests heavily in Humber

Over 1,340 jobs will be created and protected across the Humber region thanks to £266 million of UK government and private sector investment. The UK continues to significantly boost its world-leading offshore wind manufacturing industry, with over 1,340 jobs created and protected across the Humber region thanks to £266 million of UK government and private sector investment, the government has announced this week… click here

8. 1.8 million couples benefitting from extra tax relief

Married couples and those in civil partnerships could reduce their Income Tax by up to £252 a year by sharing their Personal Allowances. Nearly 1.8 million married couples and those in civil partnerships are using Marriage Allowance to save up to £252 a year in Income Tax, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced. Summer has always been a popular season for weddings, and newly married couples or those in civil partnerships could be eligible for the tax saving. And even if they have been married for years, a change in circumstances could also mean they are newly eligible… click here

7. UK signs partnership in Central America to boost trade

UK Export Finance (UKEF) has this week signed a historic partnership with the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), Central America’s leading development bank and the highest rated borrower in Latin America. The agreement will encourage joint financing of major clean energy, infrastructure and construction projects in the region that need expertise from the UK. This cooperation agreement guarantees a closer relationship between both institutions and will help finance major projects in Central America that involve UK exports, supporting businesses and jobs in the UK: a condition of UKEF’s involvement overseas… click here

6. Health and Social Care Secretary opens new British Megalab

Over a quarter of a million COVID-19 tests have been processed and up to 1,500 new jobs are being created at a new megalab in Leamington Spa, which Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid and Chief Executive of the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) Jenny Harries visited this week. They met staff and saw state-of-the-art cutting-edge testing technology in action – including top of the range robotics – at the Rosalind Franklin laboratory which opened on 13 July. The lab is already making phenomenal progress, processing almost 300,000 COVID-19 tests in its opening weeks as part of the NHS Test and Trace network… click here

5. NHS cuts waiting times despite busy summer period

The NHS is continuing to make progress on non-urgent care despite experiencing one of its busiest summers ever, new figures show this week. The number of patients waiting longer than 18 weeks for care has dropped by almost 25,000 while those waiting more than year fell by almost 32,000. Average waiting times for elective care is down for the fourth month in a row to 10.4 weeks – more than seven weeks lower than this time last year. More diagnostic tests were carried out this month than at any point over the last year with almost two million tests carried out in July – up by more than 747,000 on the same period last year… click here

4. UK steps up support to help British nationals leave Afghanistan

Additional UK military personnel have deployed to Afghanistan on a short-term basis to provide support to British nationals leaving the country, the Defence Secretary has announced. The additional deployment of approximately 600 troops is to facilitate the safe and deliberate exit of remaining UK and eligible personnel. In parallel, the number of staff working at the British Embassy in Kabul has been reduced to a core team focused on providing consular and visa services for those applying for the UK’s relocation scheme… click here

3. Britain to introduce world-leading ban on shark fin trade

The UK will go further than any other country to stop the cruel practice of shark finning International Ocean Minister Lord Goldsmith announced today, thanks to new legislation set to ban the import and export of shark fin products. The UK has a strong track record in marine conservation and has been pressing for stronger international action to protect sharks against unsustainable fishing practices and shark finning, which is the practice of removing a shark’s fins at sea and discarding the finless body back into the water… click here

2. 3 in 4 UK adults receive both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine

Latest data shows 60,000 deaths and 66,900 hospitalisations have been prevented by the vaccines. Three quarters of adults in the UK have now received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, as the public continues to do what it can to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community. A total of 86,780,455 doses have been administered in the UK, with 47,091,889 people receiving a first dose (89%) and 39,688,566 people receiving both doses (75%)… click here

1. Queen looks happy to begin Scottish summer break at beloved Balmoral

Her Majesty the Queen has arrived at Balmoral for her first summer in Scotland without her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh. Her Majesty was met by an Honour Guard formed of soldiers from 5th Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Scotland as she made her formal arrival at the Balmoral Estate in Scotland. The soldiers from 5 SCOTS will be her official guard over the next few weeks during her official summer residence in the Castle. Dressed in a pink coat and hat, the 95-year-old monarch inspected The Royal Regiment of Scotland as pipes and drums were played. The Royal Regiment of Scotland’s mascot a Shetland Pony called Lance Corporal Cruachan IV, was also there to greet her… click here

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