Once again there’s been some great news coming in from across the UK this week (10th – 16th May 2021).

Britain has launched an action plan to improve the welfare and conservation of animals which will revolutionise their treatment in the UK and also introduce measures to protect their welfare abroad. The UK property market is showing clear signs of recovery – in fact central London is now seeing its strongest sales since 2014. Britain’s world leading vaccination program reached it’s second dose mile stone this week and there’s also a sunny forecast this summer as millions of Brits plan ‘staycations’ which will boost local economies by billions.

There’s also great news on free speech, the NHS and on the jobs front. Plus we also had the Queen’s most gracious speech to both Houses of Parliament this week and what a speech it was. Britain has the tools and is certainly building back better!

Here are our best read news stories from the last seven days. Enjoy the positive news. #TheGoodNewsThisWeek

10. Billion-pound boom: UK staycationers set to boost local economies

A sunny summer is forecast for the UK’s tourist hot spots as new Barclays research reveals that millions of Brits are planning ‘staycations’ in 2021. The news comes as Barclays encourages people to get to ‘Know Your Nation’ and explore the British Isles, with the bank finding that the average UK resident has visited more places abroad than domestically. As England’s accommodation and indoor hospitality sector prepares to reopen on 17th May, the total spend on domestic holidays this year is anticipated to reach £31 billion with 23 million Brits planning at least one staycation… Click here 

9. British supercar manufacturer Gordon Murray Group to invest £300 million expanding in the UK

The Gordon Murray Group has announced plans to significantly expand its operations to create further global success and a commitment to invest £300M over the next five years. An exciting roadmap for future expansion of the Gordon Murray Group, has been announced today and masterminded by company Founder and Chairman, Professor Gordon Murray. It is underpinned by the philosophy of creating long term growth through increased research and development, the introduction of a new division, investment in Gordon Murray Design, bolstering the leadership team and talent across the business, plus cementing the ethos, core competencies and ongoing product portfolio of Gordon Murray Automotive… Click here

8. Prime central London residential market recovery continues with strongest £5m+ sales since 2014

London’s super prime residential market continues to show clear signs of recovery, with more £5million-plus sales recorded in the first four months of the year than in any year since 2014, according to real estate advisor Savills. There were 43 £5million-plus sales during April 2021, the highest April figure since 2014.  This brings the total for the first four months of the year to 142, a third higher than in the same period in 2020 and 65% higher than in 2019.   Again, this is the strongest performance since 2014, when there were 159 deals in the same four months, and this despite the introduction of an additional 2% surcharge on buyers based overseas… Click here

7. Second dose milestone as one third of adults in England receive both jabs

The NHS in England has confirmed that over one third of adults in England have now had both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Latest data shows that 17,014,522 people aged 18 and over had received their first and second dose of the jab with more than two thirds of adults having already had their first jab. In total, NHS staff have delivered more than 47 million people in total and second doses remain a priority. It is vital everyone books in for their second jab to ensure they receive the maximum protection from coronavirus… Click here

6. Thousands of new recruits join the health service as NHS marks International Nurses Day

NHS chief Sir Simon Stevens has praised the ‘extraordinary’ response of nurses and healthcare workers to COVID as the so-called ‘Nightingale effect’ sees thousands of new NHS recruits mark their first International Nurses Day. Volunteers who have supported NHS staff during the coronavirus pandemic are among those who have decided to sign up, as the skills, dedication and professionalism of nurses and other NHS staff were put in the spotlight. There were over 11,000 more nurses, midwives and health visitors working in the NHS in England in January than 12 months earlier, bringing the total to a record 330,000 as well as an additional 5,195 healthcare support workers and assistants… Click here

5. Amazon announces 10,000 new permanent jobs to boost the UK economy

Amazon today announced that it will create more than 10,000 new permanent jobs in 2021, taking its total UK workforce to more than 55,000 people by the end of year. Amazon also announced that it will invest £10 million over three years to train to up to 5,000 employees in new skills and support the Government’s investment programme. This training will be offered through Amazon’s Career Choice programme, where the company pays course fees for its employees who have expressed an interest in pursuing a career outside of the company – something that will boost the skills and employability of British workers… Click here

4. Universities to comply with free speech duties or face sanctions

A historic bill introduced in Parliament this week will strengthen the legal duties on higher education providers in England to protect freedom of speech on campuses up and down the country, for students, academics and visiting speakers. The Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill will bring in new measures that will require universities and colleges registered with the Office for Students to defend free speech and help stamp out unlawful ‘silencing’. For the first time, these legal duties will also be extended to students’ unions, which, under the measures in the Bill, will have to take reasonably practicable steps to ensure lawful freedom of speech. This delivers on a manifesto commitment to strengthen academic freedom and free speech in higher education and will help protect the reputation of our universities as centres of academic freedom. Universities, colleges and students’ unions that breach these duties may face sanctions, including fines… Click here

3. Voter fraud measures announced in the Queen’s speech

New measures to be brought into law this year will deliver on a manifesto commitment to crack down on the potential for different forms of voter fraud and intimidation, further strengthening the integrity of UK elections. Following the announcement of the Elections Bill in this week’s Queen’s Speech, the government is setting out further details on measures to: tighten the rules for absent voting and prevent voter intimidation. An independent review of electoral fraud conducted by Lord Pickles highlighted the events of cases such as Tower Hamlets – in which the 2014 Mayoral election was declared void by corrupt and illegal practices – as evidence of vulnerabilities in our system which must be addressed… Click here

2. Animals to be formally recognised as sentient beings in domestic law

Vertebrate animals will be recognised as sentient beings for the first time in UK law thanks to the introduction of the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill, introduced in Parliament this week. The legislation will also ensure that animal sentience is taken into account when developing policy across Government through the creation of an Animal Sentience Committee which will be made up of animal experts from within the field. By enshrining sentience in domestic law in this way, any new legislation will have to take into account the fact that animals can experience feelings such as pain or joy. The Bill will underpin the Government’s Action Plan for Animal Welfare, which launched yesterday and sets out the government’s plans to improve standards and eradicate cruel practices for animals both domestically and internationally… Click here

1. Queen’s Speech 2021

Her Majesty’s most gracious speech to both Houses of Parliament:

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