Once again there’s been plenty of positive British news this week (11th – 17th April).

Of course you might not hear about many of these good news items on the BBC or most other news outlets, but remember positive things are happening across the country.

Keep checking in with the Conservative Post to see good news every day – the resurgence of British manufacturing, how our military is flying the flag across the world, positive policy making, our wonderful royals, our fantastic Prime Minister and many other things to be proud of. 

Here are our best read UK news stories from the last seven days (11th – 17th April):

10. Communities across UK handed £2.6 billion levelling up funding after ‘taking back control’ of money from EU

Communities across the United Kingdom will benefit from £2.6 billion of funding being allocated today to help spread opportunity and level up the country. The UK Shared Prosperity Fund will see places that need it most draw up plans this year to deliver on their local priorities, based on a conditional allocation of funding over the next three years. This could include regenerating rundown high streets, fighting anti-social behaviour and crime, or helping more people into decent jobs – helping to revive communities, tackle economic decline and reverse geographical disparities in the UK… click here

9. Longest NHS waits falling despite busiest ever winter

The COVID-19 backlogs in routine NHS treatment are being addressed, despite staff helping patients during the busiest winter ever, new figures show this week. Despite record 999 volumes and ambulance call-outs for life-threatening conditions between December and March this winter, staff ensured that the number of patients waiting over one year for treatment had fallen by 12,000 in February, with the number of people waiting over two years for care also decreasing by over 500. While some patients need to wait for lengthy periods, today’s figures show that the NHS is progressing in its commitment to tackle two-year waits by July this year… click here

8. Using Brexit freedoms to ban trawling and dredging in protected British waters

Damaging fishing activity will be prohibited in four new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), the government has announced this week. The move has been made possible by new post-Brexit freedoms which allow the government to protect rare habitats and wildlife in UK waters. The bylaws, which have been subject to extensive consultation with industry and other stakeholders, will come into force in two months’ time (13 June 2022). They are being introduced using new powers under the Fisheries Act, the UK’s first major domestic fisheries legislation in nearly 40 years… click here

7. Welsh manufacturer wins £2 million export contract to Asia

Children in Thailand will soon be crawling over Welsh-made soft play centres as a Wrexham-based manufacturer secures a £2 million export contract with UK government help. UK Export Finance (UKEF) has been working with Global Attractions to help them expand to the far corners of the Earth and boost British business. Global Attractions is the latest UK company to benefit from UKEF support. Last year, UKEF provided £12.3 billion for over 550 companies, which is estimated to have supported over 100,000 UK jobs directly and in the supply chain – showing how effective UKEF is in delivering for the country… click here

6. Over 314,000 homes better protected due to flood protection work

A £2.6 billion, six-year programme of work dedicated to improving flood and coastal defences has exceeded its original targets by 14,000 – with over 314,000 homes now better protected from flooding since 2015. More than 850 new flood and coastal erosion defence projects have been completed during this period. Over 580,000 acres of agricultural land, as well as thousands of businesses, communities and major infrastructure – including more than 8,000 kilometres of roads – also benefited from improvement schemes. Analysis in a new report published today shows this work is estimated to have reduced national flood risk by 5%… click here

5. British Steel undertaking the biggest transformation in their history 

British Steel say they are undertaking the biggest transformation in their history – and they’re on the lookout for 40 new apprentices to be part of it. The news comes as Foreign Secretary Liz Truss announces a UK wide ban on the importing of Russian iron and steel. Last month the UK secured a resolution with the US to end the ongoing issue around steel and aluminium tariffs. The US announced an expansive removal of section 232 tariffs, re-opening tariff free access for UK steel and aluminium exporters to the US. The announcement is good news for the steel and aluminium sectors, which support the jobs of over 80,000 people across the UK. The changes will take effect on 1 June 2022… click here

4. Mobile cataract units and same-day hip replacements helping thousands get NHS treatment

Same-day hip replacements, one stop shops and mobile cataract units are just some of the ways NHS staff are helping hundreds of thousands of patients receive faster care. Despite pressure on various fronts, treating COVID-19 patients and increasing numbers of emergency patients, the NHS has carried out an additional 230,000 vital diagnostic tests through one stop shops since the publication of the Elective Recovery Plan. The elective recovery plan set out a blueprint for addressing COVID-19 backlogs that have inevitably built up during the pandemic as well as tackling long waits for care… click here

3. Made in Britain: Aston Martin creates 100 new skilled jobs in Wales following launch of luxury SUV

British motor company Aston Martin is to create more than 100 jobs at its St Athan site in Wales, following the launch of its new DBX707 model – the world’s most powerful luxury SUV. Simon Hart, Secretary of State for Wales said: “The creation of more than 100 jobs working with a world-class and globally-recognised brand is a huge vote of confidence in the skills and expertise of the Welsh workforce. Wales remains a highly attractive location for cutting-edge automotive technologies and the UK Government will continue to work  to secure and support the investment of companies like Aston Martin Lagonda as they drive economic growth and create jobs”… click here

2. ‘No boat to make it to the UK undetected’ as Royal Navy takes over command of English Channel

The Royal Navy is taking over operational command from Border Force in the English Channel from this week. The service will be responsible for intercepting boats carrying migrants. The Prime Minister said the new offshore asylum approach is intended to end the “barbaric trade in human misery conducted by the people smugglers in the Channel.” The PM added: “To identify, intercept and investigate these boats, from today the Royal Navy will take over operational command from Border Force in the Channel, taking primacy for our operational response at sea in line with many of our international partners with the aim that no boat makes it to the UK undetected”… click here

1. Bold new plans to tackle illegal migration and control UK borders

The government has this week set out bold new plans to tackle illegal migration, control Britain’s borders and crack down on the criminal gangs exploiting this international crisis.  Central to this is a world-first Migration and Economic Development Partnership signed by the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, and Rwandan Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-Operation, Vincent Biruta.  This will see migrants who make dangerous or illegal journeys, such as by small boat or hidden in lorries, have their asylum claim processed in Rwanda. Those whose claims are accepted will then be supported to build a new and prosperous life in one of the fastest-growing economies, recognised globally for its record on welcoming and integrating migrants… click here

For last week’s Top Ten Great British news stories (4th – 10th April 2022) click here.

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1 COMMENT

  1. The be it I don’t like is my the piece about boats not slipping into the uk undetected this will therefore make sure everyone will just get picked up and escorted to Kent with thanks it still does stop them coming here

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