Once again there is oodles of positivity coming in from across the #UK this week (6th – 12th September 2021).
From Conservative councillors fighting back against ‘cancel culture’ and wanting to fly the British flag in schools to the UK ordering 16 new state of the art Protector aircraft, the good news is flying high across the country.
Then what a magical way to finish the week off with a fairytale in New York and Emma Raducanu being crowned US Open champion.
Here are our best read news stories from the last seven days. Please keep sharing and spreading the positive news. #TheGoodNewsThisWeek #GreatBritain
A pre-production example of the UK’s new Protector aircraft has taken to the UK skies as part of preparations for the arrival of Protector to RAF Waddington. The air station has been selected as the home of the Protector International Training Centre, as part of a £94 million investment into infrastructure improvements to assist with housing the aircraft ahead of its entry into service in 2024. The UK has ordered 16 Protector aircraft from General Atomics-Aeronautical Systems Inc, all of which will be based at RAF Waddington… click here
Up to 50,000 more HGV driving tests will be made available each year thanks to government action to streamline the testing process and tackle the worldwide lorry driver shortage. HGV driving tests will be overhauled, meaning drivers will only need to take one test to drive both a rigid and articulated lorry, rather than having to take two separate tests (spaced three weeks apart). This will make around 20,000 more HGV driving tests available every year and mean drivers can gain their licence and enter the industry more quickly… click here
The Prime Minister has announced this week that Armed Forces charities will receive £5 million in additional funding to support those who have served, including those who may be struggling following recent events in Afghanistan. The additional funding will be allocated to a range of projects that will increase capacity in mental health charities, improve veterans’ understanding of the support available and deliver enhanced social support. The Office for Veterans’ Affairs will allocate the funding over the coming months… click here
The UK and Switzerland signed a landmark agreement this week which will benefit citizens who live and work abroad in either country by ensuring they are able to receive healthcare cover and uprated state pensions, amongst other social security entitlements. It will also allow eligible individuals travelling to either country to access necessary healthcare when abroad using a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or its UK successor, the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC).. click here
Home Secretary, Priti Patel has authorised the use of controversial “pushback” tactics to intercept and turn round migrants’ small boats mid-Channel to prevent them reaching the UK. The new tactic means some vessels could be sent back towards France, rather than recovered by British authorities. The new strategy, already trialled by Border Force at sea, has been backed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who told MPs yesterday (Wednesday) that the Government was going to “use every possible tactic at our disposal to stop what I think is a vile trade”… click here
The UK’s Chinook helicopters will be enhanced with state-of-the-art defensive systems, while the RAF’s C-17 Globemaster fleet will receive a software and hardware upgrade. The RAF will be boosted by an investment of almost £400 million to enhance the capabilities of two of its vital assets – the C-17 Globemaster aircraft and the CH-47 Chinook helicopter. UK’s C-17 fleet – which recently played a key role in the UK’s evacuation from Afghanistan – will receive a £324 million investment. This will upgrade software and hardware to improve airlift capability as part of a contract with the US Air Force. The UK’s fleet of Mk5 and Mk6 Chinook helicopters will be enhanced with state-of-the-art defensive systems, as part of a £64 million contract with Boeing Defence UK (BDUK) which will make them harder for adversaries to detect…. click here
Responsible, fair, and necessary action taken to provide biggest catch-up programme in the history of the NHS and reform the adult social care system. The Prime Minister this week set out responsible, fair, and necessary plans to tackle the Covid backlogs, reform adult social care, and bring the health and social care system closer together on a long term, sustainable footing. £36 billion will be invested in the health and care system over the next three years, to ensure it has the long term resource it needs. Patients will benefit from the biggest catch-up programme in the NHS’s history, so people no longer face excessive waits for treatment… click here
The Prince of Wales says the royal family were “lucky” to have had the Duke of Edinburgh for nearly 100 years in a trailer for a new TV tribute. ‘Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers’ will air later this month on BBC One and will include interviews filmed both before and after Philip’s death in April aged 99. The Duke of Cambridge describes his grandfather as “a huge presence” while the Duke of Sussex says he was “unapologetically him”. The short trailer shows Charles, William, Harry and the duke’s granddaughter Zara Tindall talking about Philip over a montage of family pictures and video clips… click here
2. For Queen and Country – Conservative councillors in Oldham fighting back against ‘cancel culture’
Schools in Oldham could soon be expected to display a picture of the Queen, fly the Union Flag and teach pupils the national anthem after councillors have revealed plans to fight back against ‘cancel culture.’ Oldham Borough councillors will put forward a motion entitled ‘For Queen and Country’ that discusses installing a picture of Queen Elizabeth II in ‘a prominent place’ in every Oldham school, flying the national flag of Great Britain and ensuring every pupil knows the national anthem and its history… click here
Britain’s Emma Raducanu has completed a Grand Slam fairytale by beating Canadian Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3 in the battle of the teens to be crowned US Open champion. The 18-year-old became the first-ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam title and the first British woman to win a major trophy since Virginia Wade triumphed at Wimbledon in 1977. The British teenager not only became the first qualifier ever to scoop a slam, she did it without dropping a set which has not been done at the US Open since Serena Williams achieved it in 2014… click here
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