Of course most of the doom and gloom mainstream media may not be interested in featuring any positive British news stories, but we certainly are.

Here are our 20 best read and most shared positive news stories from the last week (2nd – 8th January 2023):

20. Government on track to deliver on commitment for 50,000 more nurses by 2024

New figures released show the government is on track to deliver on commitment for 50,000 more nurses by 2024, with over 36,000 more nurses compared to September 2019. Data shows there are also almost 4,700 more doctors and over 10,500 more nurses working in the NHS compared to October 2021. A record number of doctors and nurses are working in the NHS in England, delivering extra appointments, speeding up diagnoses and helping to tackle the Covid backlog to ease pressure on the NHS this winter… click here

19. London steps up to host major international meeting to investigate alleged war crimes in Ukraine

Justice ministers from around the world will convene in London in March to support the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigating alleged war crimes in Ukraine.    The meeting at Lancaster House will be hosted by Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab and the Minister of Justice and Security of the Netherlands, Dilan Yeşilgöz-Zegerius. It aims to increase the global financial and practical support being offered to the ICC and coordinate efforts to ensure it has all it needs to carry out investigations and prosecute those responsible… click here

18. Hundreds of thousands of Brits using free Couch to 5k app to get fit

More than six million runs were completed using the Couch to 5k app across the UK in 2022, helping people to get fit for free. The app – a free running plan for beginners provided by the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) in partnership with the BBC – helped people to complete 6.46 million runs between 1 January and 29 December 2022. More people were active over Christmas in 2022 than in 2021 with 8,600 people using the app to run on Christmas Day and Boxing Day in 2022, up from 8,000 (7.5%) in 2021… click here

17. Royal Mint reveals the first coins of 2023 bearing His Majesty The King’s Official Coinage Portrait

The Royal Mint has now revealed the first commemorative coins for 2023 to bear His Majesty The King’s official coinage portrait. The Royal Mint unveiled His Majesty’s portrait in September 2022, as part of Queen Elizabeth II memorial coin range and all new coins struck from the start of 2023 will now bear King Charles III portrait. The unveiling of this collection of coins symbolises one of the biggest changes to UK coins since decimalisation… click here

16. UK’s rapid rollout sees 200,000 diabetes patients get life-changing devices

Around eight in ten Brits with Type 1 diabetes now have access to life-changing technology, thanks to cost-effective deals secured for patients and rapidly rolled out by the NHS. Just over 200,000 patients are now using non-invasive glucose monitoring devices (CGMs) that allow people to check their glucose levels more easily and regularly – up by a third (around 50,000) compared to the spring. In 2022, the NHS announced patients with Type 1 diabetes would be eligible for continuous glucose monitors – after securing a deal to ensure they cost a similar price to flash monitors… click here

15. Millions of low-income households to get new Cost of Living Payments from Spring 2023

Millions of the lowest-income households across the UK will get up to £1,350 from the Government in 2023/4 to help with the cost of living. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has today announced more detail on the payment schedule for the next round of cost of living support unveiled in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, building on payments made to over eight million people in 2022. The new £900 cash boost for over eight million eligible means-tested benefits claimants, including those on Universal Credit, Pension Credit and tax credits… click here

14. BREXIT BENEFIT: UK farmers who protect and enhance the environment to receive increased payments

Under the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy, which the UK has now left, farmers received payments based on how much land they held, meaning half the available cash went to the top 10%. Outside the EU, the UK is bringing in a new, fairer farming system which is designed in the best interests of British industry, in partnership with the sector. UK farmers will now receive increased payments for protecting and enhancing nature and delivering sustainable food production under the Government’s Environmental Land Management schemes, Defra has announced… click here

13. £17 million awarded to programmes across England and Wales to support children affected by domestic abuse

Over £17 million has been awarded to programmes across England and Wales to support children affected by domestic abuse. The funding will develop early intervention strategies to prevent violence against women and girls, the Safeguarding Minister announced this week. More than £10 million has been allocated to organisations providing vital support to children who have survived domestic abuse, such as counselling and 1:1 support. These projects include Welsh Women’s Aid, The Children’s Society and SafeLives… click here

12. Funding to create network of experts across England to enhance high streets and communities

Active Travel England is investing £32.9 million to create a national network of experts to work with communities, enhance high streets and make places truly walkable and cyclable for everyone. The fund could see up to 1,300 new green jobs created across England. Launched this week by the Active Travel Minister Jesse Norman, the fund will drive thousands of well thought-through local plans, co-created with the communities who will use them. The Capability Fund will support local authorities across the country to train and retain local engineers and planners… click here

11. New partnership to boost research into vaccines for cancer

Trials into vaccines for cancer and wider diseases will accelerate after the government reached a historic agreement with a leading biopharmaceutical firm to bring revolutionary research to England. A Memorandum of Understanding will be signed today by Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Steve Barclay and the Germany-based company BioNTech that previously developed a world-leading Covid-19 vaccine with Pfizer. The agreement means cancer patients will get early access to trials exploring personalised mRNA therapies, like cancer vaccines… click here

10. Ministers amend Act to ensure new homes are fitted with infrastructure capable of delivering gigabit broadband

New homes in England will be built with gigabit broadband connections and telecoms firms will be able to get faster broadband to nine million people living in blocks of flats across the UK, thanks to new laws the government has brought into force. Ministers have amended the Building Regulations 2010 to ensure that new homes constructed in England will be fitted with infrastructure and connections capable of delivering gigabit broadband – the fastest internet speeds on the market… click here

9. VisitBritain forecasts strong recovery in inbound visitor spending in 2023

Before the pandemic, inbound tourism was worth more than £28 billion to the UK economy in 2019, its third largest service export and a major part of British trade. VisitBritain has published its inbound tourism forecast for 2023 with continued strong recovery predicted in overseas visitor spending. It shows spending by inbound visitors is predicted to grow faster than visitor volume, with higher spending also per trip. Its overall forecast is for spending by international visitors in the UK of £29.5 billion in 2023, up 4% on the all-time spending high of £28.4 billion in 2019… click here

8. Primary school pupils to benefit from new careers programme

Primary school pupils are to benefit from a new careers programme that will encourage them to think about future jobs early, whilst nurturing aspirations and challenging stereotypes.  Evidence shows that children start to form ideas about their future as they start primary school. By linking lessons in an age-appropriate way to different careers, training and skills, the programme will bring learning alive and inspire pupils about the world of work. It will also provide opportunities for pupils to meet employers and role models from a range of industries, helping to raise aspirations and link their learning to future skills, jobs and careers… click here

7. A bold new era for UK space industry as first ever British space launch set for lift off

A bold new era for the UK space industry is about to take off with the first ever space launch from British soil. The historic mission, a collaboration between the UK Space Agency, Cornwall Council, the Royal Air Force, and Virgin Orbit, is ready to take off with the LauncherOne rocket now connected to the modified Boeing 747 Cosmic Girl carrier aircraft that will carry it towards space before releasing it. According to the scientists, the initial window for the first British launch will open on Monday (9 January) at 10.16pm, with additional back-up dates throughout January… click here

6. UK nuclear fuel production to be bolstered to squeeze out Russian influence 

Nuclear fuel production in the UK is set to be bolstered by up to £75 million in UK government funding in a bid to support development of alternatives to Russian fuel supply and strengthen UK energy security, the Energy and Climate Minister Graham Stuart has announced this week. This will encourage investment in new and robust fuel production capabilities in the UK, backing the government’s ambition to secure up to 24GW of nuclear power by 2050… click here

5. BREXIT BENEFIT: UK regains control of business subsidy regime

Under the previous EU system, all subsidies except for a select few under a ‘Block Exemption Regulation’ would be required to undergo a time-consuming bureaucratic process, subject to European laws and the European Commission. A new system to regulate the award of subsidies to business comes into force from this week, providing a boost to businesses across the country and empowering public authorities to deliver support to businesses in a quicker, fairer, and simpler way. Subsidies will be tailored to local needs… click here

4. A record year for people receiving lifesaving NHS cancer checks and treatment

Thousands more people started vital treatment for cancer over the last year compared to before the pandemic, the NHS has said this week. Over 320,000 people received treatment for cancer over the last year – the highest year on record, and up by more than 8,000 on the same period pre-pandemic. More people than ever before also had potentially lifesaving NHS cancer checks, with over 2.8 million people seen – up by almost a fifth on the same period before the pandemic – with over 10,000 checked every day and around 6% resulting in a cancer diagnosis… click here

3. Rishi unveils ‘5 promises’ to get Britain back on track

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak outlines his top five priorities in a speech he made today, 4 January 2023. The Prime Minister has vowed to work ‘night and day’ to restore ‘optimism, hope and pride in Britain’ today in his first big speech in 2023. He said: “As your Prime Minister, you need to know what my focus will be, so you can hold me to account directly for whether it is delivered. So I’d like to tell you my five immediate priorities. These are the five foundations I know can build a better, more secure, more prosperous future that this country deserves… click here

2. Boris tipped to make sensational comeback by Conservative Minister

Former Chief Whip Mark Spencer said people should “never write off” Boris Johnson when asked if we were likely to see him in frontline politics again. Mr Spencer, the Conservative MP for Sherwood, and a Minister in the Department Fisheries, Food and Agriculture, told GB News: “You should never write Boris Johnson off. Because if you look back, everybody said he could never become Mayor of London, and he did it.   “And then they said: ‘Well you’ll never get re-elected. Look at the polls, the polls are telling you you’ll never get re-elected’. And he did it”… click here

1. ‘Conservative Party members must take back control’ says new Conservative Democratic Organisation

The Conservative Democratic Organisation (CDO) has just been launched as a campaign through Conservative Post, and we have been delighted with the response we have had from existing and former Conservative Party members across the country. Many of whom have played crucial roles within the voluntary Conservative Party and who bring with them a wealth of experience. There has also been a hugely positive response from many Conservative parliamentarians who are sympathetic to the frustration felt by many grassroots members… click here

For last week’s Top 20 Great British news stories (26th December 2022 – 1st January 2023).

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By Claire Bullivant

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