Once again there’s been oodles of positive UK news this week (25th – 31st October 2021).
British manufacturing is back with a vengeance with innovation and entrepreneurship taking root across the country creating jobs and helping local economies. New large-scale floating offshore wind ports and factories are to be built in the UK thanks to government investment. As a country we’re moving towards energy self-sufficiency with plans for affordable nuclear power that’s generated right here in the UK. We have a further 11,000 police officers back on the streets – including more women than ever before. The UK economy is certainly roaring back as we enter ‘a new age of optimism’…
Here are our best read news stories from the last seven days. Good things are happening.
Every school and college in England will have more money to support young people’s recovery from the impact of the pandemic, as the government confirms billions of pounds of additional investment in education. This will give schools and colleges the tools they need to help get pupils back on track – from raising teachers’ salaries, to recovery cash for schools, to increased learning time in colleges. Schools will receive an additional £4.7 billion in core funding in 2024-25, including £1.6 billion in 2022-23 on top of already planned increases from the 2019 Spending Review, and meaning a total cash increase of £1,500 per pupil between 2019-20 and 2024-25… click here
UK bus manufacturer, Mellor, has revealed plans for a new Scarborough-based production division as part of its exciting ambitions to reposition the business from 2022. Mellor (Scarborough) will support the company’s existing Mellor manufacturing base in Rochdale while boosting capacity and adding significant technological capability. With planning permission underway, Mellor (Scarborough) will form an integral element of the wider relocation of Promech Technologies and its move to a new, 54,000 sq. ft. purpose-built manufacturing, R&D, and office development. Completion of the new purpose-built facility in Scarborough is expected in Q3 of 2022… click here
8. ‘We must ensure Britain’s electricity grid is bolstered by reliable and affordable nuclear power that’s generated in UK’ says Kwasi
New finance model to cut cost of new nuclear power stations. Consumers will save more than £30 billion on each new large-scale nuclear station. A new funding model to attract a wider range of private investment into new nuclear power projects, cutting the cost of financing them and reducing the cost to consumers, has been set out by the Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng this week. The Nuclear Energy (Financing) Bill will use a model known as the Regulated Asset Base to fund future nuclear power stations in Britain… click here
Minister for Women and Equalities, Liz Truss, this week vowed to protect LGBT people, and especially under 18s, from harmful conversion therapies as she set out proposals to ban the practice. In May this year, Truss announced her intention to introduce a legislative ban on the practice of conversion therapy, which seeks to change people’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The 6-week government consultation on how to legislate for such a ban, launched this week, is the next step in that process. Throughout the summer further engagement was carried out with victims of conversion therapy, many of whom detailed the negative impacts on their mental health, and key stakeholders… click here
Forces saw more women joining the ranks to tackle criminals and protect the public from harm between July and September 2021. More than half of the promised 20,000 additional police officers have now been recruited, the Home Office announced this week, with an increasing number of women signing up to join forces across England and Wales. An extra 11,053 officers have been hired across England and Wales as part of the Police Uplift Programme to help bring crime down and keep neighbourhoods safer, meaning that the government is now 55% of the way to meeting its recruitment target of 20,000 additional officers by March 2023… click here
5. Scotland and Wales could be home to new floating offshore wind ports thanks to £160m UK government funding
New large-scale floating offshore wind ports and factories are to be built in the UK thanks to government investment, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced today this week. Developers and manufacturers looking to invest in this emerging industry will be able to bid for a share of up to £160 million in new funding, to kickstart projects across the UK. The newly allocated funding will support the target in the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan to deliver 1GW of energy through floating offshore wind by 2030 – nearly 9 times more than the current volumes worldwide – as a stepping stone to substantial further growth in the UK of this technology… click here
Despite EU’s ‘Common Foreign and Security Policy’, Greece has signed a bilateral deal with UK. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss this week met her Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias to sign a new framework to boost trade, security and digital cooperation between the two countries. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said: “The framework we’ve signed with Greece will open up new opportunities for trade and investment in both countries, enabling better cooperation between businesses, investors and industry, and builds on strong security and defence cooperation as we seek to challenge malign actors that threaten to disrupt our freedoms and way of life”… click here
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has heralded a “new economy post-Covid” due to a fast bounce-back from the pandemic. Mr. Sunak has already made £30bn of spending announcements across the health service, housebuilding, crime-fighting, transport and skills. New money will be put into key Tory reform areas, such as developing brownfield sites and improving local transport links, as the focus shifts to delivering promises before the next election. Around £1.8 billion will be spent regenerating brownfield sites in an attempt to increase the number of homes built every year – a pledge made in the 2019 Tory manifesto… click here
2. More boats to fly the Union Jack as Chancellor looks to bring more international shipping firms onshore
Whilst the UK was part of the EU, many companies who were part of, and therefore benefitting from, our regime, had to abide by rules which meant there was no recognition of the difference between a ship flying the Union Jack and other flags from EU countries. Now the UK is an independent free-trading nation, this rule no longer applies, with a clear steer from the Chancellor that ships flying the UK Red Ensign – a red flag with the Union Jack in the upper left hoist – will be more likely to be able to participate in the UK’s Tonnage Tax regime… click here
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vowed to do “whatever is necessary” to protect Britain’s fishermen from French threats over Channel fishing rights. The Prime Minister said said he was “puzzled” by France’s recent actions but said the UK will retaliate if necessary. He said he did not rule out a trade war if France acted on its threats saying:“We will do whatever is necessary to ensure UK interests.” The PM also confirmed Britain will impose rigorous checks on all EU vessels in British waters unless France backs down. Brexit minister Lord Frost also raised the issue during talks with European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic in London on Friday… click here
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