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


Happy Easter one and all on this glorious Sunday. Once again there’s been loads of positive news coming in from across Britain this week (29th March- 4th April 2021).

From planting 20 million trees to protecting wildlife and biodiversity in our oceans, Britain is certainly building back better. There’s great news for our high streets and also our precious arts, culture and heritage sites. Plus to top it all off we have an army of work coaches ready to help the nation back into work, thousands of children will benefit from cadet programmes in schools and over five million Brits have now had their second dose of the vaccine. The positive news just keeps on coming.

Here are our best read news stories from the last seven days. Spread the positivity and enjoy your Easter Sunday. #TheGoodNewsThisWeek

10. Fresh wave of grant funding launched as councils are called on to do their bit to continue supporting businesses

Hard-pressed businesses across the economy will receive fresh support from the new £5 billion Restart Grants Scheme  launching this week, as the government on councils to get funds to business owners as soon as possible. Businesses in England in the non-essential retail sector will now be eligible for one-off grants of up to £6,000, while businesses in the hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sectors, which are reopening later, will be eligible for one-off grants of up to £18,000. The £5 billion of government funding available through the Restart Grants scheme will be delivered by local authorities… Click here

9. More pupils to benefit from cadet programmes in British schools

Thousands of pupils in schools all over England will benefit from life skills that set them up for success as adults through a new £1.1 million investment to expand cadet units in schools. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced the expansion this week, to increase capacity in existing state school-based cadet units in England, giving more pupils the opportunity to build important skills such as resilience, self-discipline, teamwork and leadership skills… Click here

8. UK launches world’s largest ocean monitoring system to protect wildlife and biodiversity

The UK is to become the first country to pioneer a major network of underwater camera rigs, funding the world’s largest ocean wildlife monitoring system to help protect life below water. The network is being set up as part of the UK Government Blue Belt programme – which covers more than 4 million square kilometres of ocean… Click here

7. 13,500 Work Coaches to boost Britain’s Jobs Army

13,500 Work Coaches are now in post to help people across the country find their next role, start a new career or re-train in growing industries, the Work and Pensions Secretary has announced. In one of the government’s fastest and largest ever recruitment rounds, the government has met its pledge to recruit 13,500 new Work Coaches which will boost jobseeker support in towns and cities across Britain, from Aberdeen to St Austell. Work Coaches are providing jobseekers with tailored support to build their skills, develop CVs and find new jobs in expanding sectors… Click here

6. PM and Digital Secretary welcome broadband jobs boom

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden met with the biggest names in broadband this week and praised the industry for creating more than 22,000 jobs over the last year as forecasts for gigabit rollout are revised further upwards. They welcomed the firms’ work to help the nation build back better from the pandemic with top-of-the-range gigabit broadband and underlined the government’s commitment to provide whatever support it can to bolster industry efforts to connect as many homes and businesses as possible by 2025… Click here

5. New freedoms to support high streets and fast track delivery of schools and hospitals across England

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announces package of measures to revitalise England’s cherished high streets and town centres. New rules allowing commercial premises to be converted into homes come into force today, as part of a package of measures to revitalise England’s cherished high streets and town centres (31 March 2021). The new rules, announced by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick, will help support the creation of much-needed homes while also giving high streets a new lease of life – removing eyesores, transforming unused buildings and making the most of brownfield land… Click here

4. Plans for 20 million ‘right trees in right places’ take root across the UK

The National Trust has planted thousands of young saplings in areas across the UK as part of its ambitions to attract more wildlife, create new homes for nature, protect landscapes prone to flooding and to help in the fight against climate change. The conservation charity has planted 60,000 trees over recent months, despite the coronavirus pandemic, kickstarting plans to plant and establish 20 million trees across England, Wales and Northern Ireland by 2030… Click here

3. Third of UK’s biggest companies commit to net zero

30 of the UK’s FTSE100 companies have signed up to the United Nation’s Race to Zero campaign. Almost one in three of the UK’s largest businesses are leading the way in the world’s transition to a low carbon economy, committing to align with UK government ambitions and eliminate their contribution to climate change by 2050… Click here

2. £400 million to help more than 2700 UK arts, culture, heritage organisations reopen and recover

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has announced details of over 2,700 organisations being offered nearly £400 million in grants and loans to help the culture and heritage sector reopen and recover. This brings the Government’s total investment across grants, capital and repayable finance from the Culture Recovery Fund so far to more than £1.2 billion across over 5,000 individual cultural and heritage organisations and sites… Click here

1. Five million Brits receive second dose of Covid-19 vaccine

More than five million people in the UK have received their second dose of a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. Health services across the UK have now administered over 36.6 million vaccines between 8 December and 02 April, including over 31.4 million people with their first dose and over 5.2 million with their second. The milestone means nearly one in ten of all UK adults have received both vaccines, ensuring maximum protection from the virus over the coming months… Click here

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