Britain’s Good News This Week: Top 10 positive news stories from across the UK


It’s not all doom and gloom in the media. Once again there have been lots of good news stories coming in from across the #UK this week (16th – 22nd August 2021).

From better welfare conditions for millions of animals and the UK launching a plan to become a world-leading hydrogen economy to new hospitals being built and stories coming out of Afghanistan about our hero British Ambassador staying to help evacuate Afghan interpreters when his foreign counterparts jumped on flights and left… makes you proud to be British doesn’t it?

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

10. Employer confidence surges to nine year high as UK job market bounces back

Employers are indicating strong employment intentions for the third quarter of 2021, with confidence surpassing pre-pandemic levels to hit a nine year high. This is the key finding of the latest quarterly CIPD Labour Market Outlook (LMO) survey, involving more than 2,000 employers and covering all sectors of the economy. The survey found that its net employment intentions figure, which measures the difference between the proportion of employers expecting to add jobs and those planning to cut them, has risen for the fourth consecutive quarter… click here

9. Boris announces £232 million investment to support Team GB’s path to Paris 2024

The Prime Minister and Culture Secretary have announced that the Government will provide £232 million to support Team GB and ParalympicsGB athletes prepare for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The £232 million will be used to back aspiring Team GB and ParalympicsGB athletes as well as their coaches and support staff, in addition to funding from the National Lottery. This £77.4 million a year to elite sport agency UK Sport is an increase from the £54 million a year baseline government funding UK Sport received for Tokyo 2020 – a rise of 44 per cent… click here

8. Brexit brings better welfare conditions for millions of farm animals during transit

Higher welfare standards for farm animals being transported, including shorter journey times, more headroom, and stricter rules on being moved in extreme temperatures, will be brought in by the UK Government under new animal welfare measures announced this week. These new rules, which are being developed in partnership with the farming industry, will apply to animals being transported within England and Wales come alongside the introduction of a ban on live animal exports for slaughter and fattening, which is currently going through Parliament as part of the Animal Welfare Bill… click here

7. Royal Navy Wave Knight helps ‘turbo charge’ Haiti relief effort

Royal Navy supply ship RFA Wave Knight is helping to ‘turbo charge’ relief efforts in Haiti after the country was hit by a devastating earthquake. The ship is acting as a ‘floating petrol station’ for US Army helicopters spearheading the relief effort – ensuring the Black Hawks do not have to return to base to refuel, allowing them to spend much more time concentrating on their rescue and relief mission. Already positioned in the Caribbean for hurricane season, RFA Wave Knight was able to respond rapidly to Saturday’s devastating earthquake, arriving off the coast of Haiti Tuesday afternoon… click here

6. Brexit brings opportunity to streamline and bolster Britain’s brilliant life sciences sector

A new report highlights opportunities for the UK to take advantage of its departure from the EU and create UK-specific regulation that puts patients first. The report identifies the UK’s departure from the European Union as an opportunity to build a UK-specific regulatory system that puts patients at the heart of decision-making processes – for example by increasing patient representation on expert groups for advice on medical research and devices, and by providing evaluations of medical devices that are easily understandable. It highlights the opportunities now available to the UK, not only to respond more quickly to new advances in technology, but to work with like-minded countries in shaping international regulation… click here

5. New powers to tackle cruel puppy smuggling move step closer

New plans to crack down on puppy smuggling and ban the import of dogs with cropped ears or docked tails have been set out by the UK Government this week. The new powers, which also include raising the minimum age for importing a puppy from 15 weeks to six months and banning the import of heavily pregnant dogs to help protect puppy and mother welfare, are aimed at safeguarding the welfare of the thousands of puppies and dogs that come into Great Britain from overseas each year… click here

4. Health Secretary opens new cancer hospital and promises 48 hospitals will be delivered by end of decade

Last year, the government announced details of 40 new hospitals to be built by 2030, the largest hospital building programme in a generation. Together with eight schemes which secured investment through the previous government, of which this hospital is one, this will mean 48 hospitals in total will be delivered by the end of the decade. The £35 million facility visited by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care today will be used by patients from across north, west and east Cumbria, making it one of the biggest combined cancer treatment services in the country… click here

3. UK government launches plan for a world-leading hydrogen economy

Tens of thousands of jobs, billions of pounds in investment and new export opportunities will be unlocked through government plans to create a thriving low carbon hydrogen sector in the UK over the next decade and beyond, the Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has set out this week. The UK’s first-ever Hydrogen Strategy drives forward the commitments laid out in the Prime Minister’s ambitious 10 Point Plan for a green industrial revolution by setting the foundation for how the UK government will work with industry to meet its ambition for 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030… click here

2. Australian Prime Minister thanks Boris for UK’s help evacuating 76 Aussies out of Afghanistan

Australian Scott Prime Minister Morrison thanked Prime Minister Boris Johnson for the UK’s help evacuating 76 Australians on an RAF flight this week (Wednesday). The Prime Minister stressed the need for a concerted international effort to prevent a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, including through increasing aid to the region and the resettlement of refugees. The Prime Minister and Prime Minister Morrison updated one another on the work the UK and Australia are doing to this effect… click here

1. Hero British ambassador stays to process Afghan visas while US and German counterparts flee

Sir Laurie Bristow, Britain’s ambassador to Afghanistan has stayed behind helping to process visa applications for Afghan interpreters hoping to escape persecution from the Taliban. Sir Laurie is said to be at Kabul airport working night and day with a small team of diplomats doing everything they can to help as many people as possible leave the country. With the Taliban now in control of Kabul, there is a race against time to evacuate interpreters and other Afghans who have helped British forces in combat efforts against the Taliban… click here

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