Britain’s News This Week: Most read stories from across the UK

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As a sign of respect to HRH Prince Philip and the Royal Family we won’t be running our regular ‘good news this week’ in today’s Sunday roundup. Rather these are just our most read stories from the week (5th – 11th April 2021).

10. London cabbies pay their respects to Prince Philip

A huge convoy of London black cabs lined The Mall outside Buckingham Palace on Friday to pay their respects to Prince Philip following his death aged 99. The drivers stood beside their cars with some placing Union flags on their bonnets to pay tribute to the war hero who was just shy of his 100th birthday… Click here

9. ‘Nightingale effect’ sees thousands of healthcare support workers join the NHS

The NHS has boosted support for patients, their families and staff by recruiting 10,000 healthcare support workers (HCSWs) in the first three months of the year. The new staff will support the workforce and assist nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals to perform health checks, update patient records, help patients wash, dress and move around, and care for women and families in maternity services. They will also support people with mental health conditions, learning disabilities, and autism… Click here

8. British consumer confidence at highest level since before the financial crisis as consumers prepare to spend

Consumer confidence is now at its highest level since PricewaterhouseCoopers started the Consumer Sentiment Index back in 2008. A significant improvement to +8 on the consumer confidence index reveals many consumers have more disposable income and a pent up demand to spend after a year of lockdown restrictions. Improvements in consumer confidence have been seen across all demographic groups and all UK regions with the over-65s demographic driving the increase. The only age group to be more confident is the under-35s who are historically the most optimistic… Click here

7. Thousands of patients set to benefit from five-minute breast cancer treatment in England

An injection that cuts the amount of time breast cancer patients spend in hospital from two and a half hours to as little as five minutes is being rolled out across the country by NHS England. Breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy will be offered a new combined treatment called PHESGO, which is injected and takes as little as five minutes to prepare and administer, compared with two infusions that can take up to two and a half hours… Click here

6. Tax cut for employers of our veterans

A National Insurance contributions holiday for businesses who employ armed forces veterans comes into force this week. The policy, which delivers on the government’s manifesto commitment, allows employers to claim National Insurance contributions relief for veterans they have hired during their first year of civilian employment after leaving the armed forces… Click here

5. Foreign Secretary visits South East Asia to usher in “new era” of UK-Indo Pacific security cooperation

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is visiting Indonesia and Brunei-Darussalam this week (7 to 9 April), to forge closer trade and security ties with the two countries while tackling key global challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and the coup in Myanmar. It is Dominic Raab’s fourth visit to South East Asia as Foreign Secretary – and first since the publication of the Integrated Review – setting out the growing importance of the Indo-Pacific. Later this year, the UK’s Carrier Strike Group led by the HMS Queen Elizabeth, will make its maiden visit to the region… Click here

4. National welcome for Hong Kong arrivals

British National (Overseas) families coming to the United Kingdom on the Hong Kong BN(O) route will benefit from a dedicated package of support to help them settle successfully into life in the UK, the Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick announced this week. Backed by over £43 million, the Hong Kong British Nationals (Overseas) Integration Programme will help status holders access housing, work and educational support to ensure they are able to quickly integrate and contribute to their newfound communities… Click here

3. Wunderbar! German buses to be made in Great Britain

Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), one of the world’s leading independent global bus manufacturers, has this week announced that Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) has exercised options for 198 Enviro500 double deck buses, to be delivered to the German capital by the end of 2022. ADL will build these buses in its factories in the United Kingdom… Click here

2. Across the UK, in Gibraltar and on HM Ships at sea historic Gun Salutes mark the passing of Prince Philip

Across the United Kingdom, in Gibraltar and on HM Ships at sea, saluting batteries fired 41 rounds at one round every minute for 40 minutes on Saturday at 1200 hours. In London, The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery rode out from their base at Napier Lines, Woolwich Barracks, onto the Parade Ground with 71 horses, 36 of them pulling six 13-pounder field guns dating from the First World War. Their guns fired at the same time as those fired by the Honourable Artillery Company’s Light Guns at the Tower of London and by units from all corners of the United Kingdom including Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh, and British Overseas Territory Gibraltar. At sea, guns fired from Royal Navy saluting warships… Click here

1. The Prince of Wales pays tribute to The Duke of Edinburgh, on behalf of The Royal Family

The Prince of Wales has paid tribute to his father, The Duke of Edinburgh, on behalf of The Royal Family. Click here to watch the video.

I particularly wanted to say that my father, for I suppose the last 70 years, has given the most remarkable, devoted service to The Queen, to my family and to the country, but also to the whole of the Commonwealth. 

As you can imagine, my family and I miss my father enormously. He was a much loved and appreciated figure and apart from anything else, I can imagine, he would be so deeply touched by the number of other people here and elsewhere around the world and the Commonwealth, who also I think, share our loss and our sorrow.

My dear Papa was a very special person who I think above all else would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him and from that point of view we are, my family, deeply grateful for all that. It will sustain us in this particular loss and at this particularly sad time. Thank you.

Source: UK Gov

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