Other mainstream media might have you believe it’s all doom and gloom at the moment but they couldn’t be more wrong. Once again there have been oodles of positive and good news stories coming in from across the #UK this week (30th August – 5th September 2021).
Team GB’s Paralympians have rewritten the history books in Tokyo after a phenomenal medal haul which sees Britain reach the podium in more sports than any other nation at a single Games.
There’s also been a huge win for British farmers this week as Mexico has opened its doors to British pork for the first time. As International Trade Secretary Liz Truss says: “Wins like these are an important step towards our accession to CPTPP that will see our global trade hit new heights.”
Pet abduction is to be made a new criminal offence, Armed Forces veterans will benefit from additional mental health support and Britain has been globally praised for its leadership role in the Kabul evacuations…
Here are our best read news stories from the last seven days. Please keep sharing and spreading the positive news. #TheGoodNewsThisWeek
British rail companies are on track for a potential Australian export boom thanks to the trade deal that will be signed later this year. Australia is already the highest priority country for UK rail exporters, with more than £82 billion ($155billion AUD) being invested by Australia into its networks over the next decade, including new cross-country lines and modernised metros in cities including Melbourne. All current tariffs on rail-related goods, including railway stock, track fixtures and fittings, and traffic signalling equipment are set to be scrapped as part of the free trade agreement (FTA), which will allow UK companies to be even more competitive when bidding for Australian government contracts worth billions of pounds in the coming years… click here
RAF Lossiemouth celebrated two major events this week with a new Standard being presented to CXX Squadron and the formal naming of the £100million Poseidon Strategic Facility as the Atlantic Building. With the impressive Atlantic Building as a backdrop and flanked either side by two sub-hunting Poseidon aircraft, sixty personnel from CXX Squadron formally paraded for the first time since re-forming in 2020. The parade opened with a flypast of a Poseidon aircraft supported by a pair of Typhoon aircraft from II(AC) Squadron. Accompanied by the RAF Lossiemouth Pipes and Drum Band and in the presence of families and distinguished guests including local dignitaries and civic leadership… click here
Thousands of people will be helped onto the housing ladder as funding worth £8.6 billion is allocated across the country this week (31 August 2021). Part of the largest single investment in affordable housing in a decade, the Affordable Homes Programme funding will deliver around 119,000 homes, including 57,000 for ownership, 29,600 for social rent and 6,250 affordable rural homes. This week’s cash injection could support up to 370,000 jobs across the country for homebuilders, SME developers, and wider businesses supporting the house building industry such as electricians and plumbers. This is expected to generate up to £26 billion of other private and public investment… click here
The Prince of Wales has hailed the Parachute Regiment as an “outstanding credit to the country,” expressing admiration in its effort to lead the evacuation effort from Kabul. Prince Charles who is Colonel-in-Chief of the Parachute Regiment wrote to the troops praising their “indomitable Para spirit” and “ready for anything” attitude. In his letter to the troops, the future king wrote: “You are not only an outstanding credit to the Parachute Regiment but also to this country, which, without doubt, is more fortunate than it can know in having such dedicated and courageous people as yourselves ready to step forward at such a crucial time of need. I could not be more proud of you”… click here
6. Government acquires Sheffield Forgemasters securing British made components for UK defence programmes
The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has acquired Sheffield Forgemasters International Limited (SFIL), allowing HM Government to refinance the company and secure the supply of components for the MOD’s critical existing and future UK defence programmes. The MOD also intends to invest up to £400 million for defence critical plant, equipment and infrastructure into SFIL over the next 10 years to support defence outputs. The acquisition has been assessed as the best value for money for the taxpayer… click here
Mexican market is now open for British pork for the first time, which means a potential boost of £50m over the first five years of trade. British farmers and food producers are set to benefit from access to a valuable new market, as Mexico has now officially opened its doors to British pork for the first time. British exporters can now tap into this brand-new market, which boasts high demand for high quality pork meat. Global UK pork exports were worth over £421 million to our economy in 2020, reaching 75 export markets worldwide… click here
Armed Forces veterans, including those who served in Afghanistan, will benefit from additional mental health support backed by £2.7 million for Op COURAGE – the Veterans’ Mental Health and Wellbeing Service. Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid has this week announced an expansion of services to support those experiencing complex mental and/or physical trauma, or alcohol and substance misuse. Dedicated care co-ordinators will be appointed to act as a single point of contact to better support veterans with complex mental and physical trauma. They will help them to navigate the health and care system, consult with health and care professionals, with the ultimate aim of reducing suicide rates within the veteran community… click here
A new criminal offence for pet abduction is set to be introduced under government plans to crack down on pet theft following a reported rise in pets being stolen during the pandemic. The new law will recognise the welfare of animals and that pets are valued as more than property. The new offence is one of several recommendations in a report published today by the Government’s Pet Theft Taskforce which was launched in May 2021. The Taskforce, made up of officials from Defra, the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice along with operational partners including the police CPS, Border Force and Local Government… click here
Britain has won praise for its “leadership role” in the Kabul evacuations by its allies says a senior diplomat. According to the Telegraph a senior diplomat said Britain had received plaudits from countries at a Monday afternoon meeting of the G7, Turkey, Qatar and Nato that was convened to discuss the evolving situation. The source said: “The UK was praised by a majority of countries for having taken a leadership role in evacuations and getting people out, as well as for a recent political paper provided to the G7.” Evacuation efforts were a race against time as countries tried to get vulnerable Afghans and their own citizens out of Afghanistan as President Biden’s 31 August deadline loomed. The diplomat said: “Other people have looked to us [Britain] and seen what we did showed leadership”… click here
1. British Paralympians shine bright with medals in more sports than any other nation at a single games ever
ParalympicsGB rewrote the history books at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games after a phenomenal medal haul which saw the team reach the podium in more sports than any other nation at a single Games. The British team won medals across 18 sports and finished second behind China on the medal table with 124 medals overall, including 41 gold, 38 silver and 45 bronze. Chef de Mission Penny Briscoe OBE said: “I am so proud of what all of our 226 athletes here in Tokyo have achieved over the last 12 days of competition” … click here
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